St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational Regatta 2021
Published on May 16th, 2021
Eight teams representing Sweden, USA, and USVI competed in the second annual St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational Regatta on May 14-16, 2021. With racing in IC24s, USVI’s Cy Thompson’s team (above) finished first, followed in second by the USA’s Dave Franzel and crew, with the USVI’s Mike Finley and fellow sailors in third.
The three-day event run out of the Club’s St. Thomas Sailing Center held 16 races on round-the-buoy and round-the-island courses in warm sun and 10 to 15 knots of breeze. The winning team included Thompson along with Addison Caproni and Rian Bareuther.
“It was too soon to start match racing any one boat, so we just sailed our own race,” says Thompson, a two-time Olympic sailor in the Laser class. “Then, after the first race, we were 8 points ahead, but by the end, after the four races today, our lead over Dave (Franzel) was still 5 points. What made this regatta really fair was that the teams rotated boats after every two races.”