Inaugural Race Around St. John in March

Published on December 16th, 2015

The first-ever Round the Rocks Race will provide a tune-up in advance of the 2016 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), to be held March 25-27 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

This one-day event on March 24 is independent of STIR and features its own point-to-point course around the island of St. John, separate scoring and special prize-giving.

“Sailors tell us they want more racing and we’re known for our professional race management,” says regatta director, Chuck Pessler. “Put the two together it creates the perfect opportunity to offer a new one-day race. Those who don’t want to or can’t race aren’t penalized since scores in the Round the Rocks race don’t count toward the STIR. It’s just another way to sail in our beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands waters and have yet another way to win!”

Entries to date include a trio of Gunboat 60s. These are Phil Lotz’s Arethusa, Robert Alexander’s Fault Tolerant and Stephen Cucchiaro’s Flow.

Entry for the Round the Rocks Race includes SA; IRC; HPR; Multihull; CSA Bareboat; CSA (unmeasured) for boats from the USVI, BVI and Puerto Rico; Beach Cats and One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet.

The Round the Rocks Race course is a circumnavigation of the 19-square mile island of St. John. It’s a route that offers a full range of sailing challenges against the beautiful backdrop of an island that is two-thirds pristine national park. Crews will need to keep on their toes with frequent tacks along offshore cays, cross currents and wind shifts around the east end and slalom-like conditions in the downwind. Monohull and multihull, sport boat and ocean racer, spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats will all find something to suit.

Register online now for the Round the Rocks Race at:

Register now too for STIR, set for March 25-27, 2016. Pay only US $250 up until January 31, 2016. Plus, on the last day of December and January, one entry each will be selected at random from among all entries to date to win customized long sleeved tech shirts for the entire crew.

Register here:

Source: Carol Bareuther, STYC

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