While much of the nation is suffering from unseasonably cold weather, Rolex and the St. Thomas Yacht Club will proudly be hosting the 40th annual International Rolex Regatta. Those that have been here in the past know about the excitement and camaraderie of this event. Those attending for the first time will swear on coming again.
There will be three days of music and parties and lunches ordered, but the main event will be the yachts that set sail to challenge each other against the warm breezes and blue-green waters of the Caribbean sea. What began as a small fleet of anything-goes boats has grown over the years into a large event with high-tech sailing machines and calculating equipment. The event is now known as the “Crown Jewel” of Caribbean racing.
This year’s event began a week earlier than usual to accommodate some changes in the Spring regatta schedule. On Friday, March 22, 72 yachts from the U.S.. mainland, Europe and the Caribbean Islands set sail. Events will conclude on Sunday, March 24th.
Reportedly, Ondeck still has whole yachts available, including a Santa Cruz 37, a Grand Soliel 43 and a Benetau 40.7. Some individual places are available on a Benetau First 40.7 Spirit of Venus.
Weather Routing Inc. (WRI) is the proud official weather provider. Races start each morning at 1100 hours. Music will be provided by Bro Sol and Cool Session Band on Friday evening. The 2nd annual Cowpit Beach Party is slated for Saturday afternoon. Music on Saturday will feature the Rebecca Darling Band and the Spectrum Band.T On Sunday, there will be music by Clinque & Co. followed by the Rolex Awards Ceremony at STYC Beach.