The 39th St Croix Rolex regatta took place last Friday, and hosted 68 boats, and more than 500 sailors, representing the U.S., Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Canada, The Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Monaco and multiple Caribbean islands. The event, in its 39th year and is hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club in the USVI. It is the oldest regatta in Rolex’s portfolio of global sailing events, and is considered the “Crown Jewel” of Caribbean regattas.
The courses that wound through the cays of St. Thomas and St. John, were sailed in picture-perfect conditions. Plenty of sunshine and 15-knot breezes, removed the overcast skies and intermittent rain showers that prevailed over the last two days.
Peter Cunningham’s (George Town, CAY) 52-foot PowerPlay took overall victory in IRC, where nine boats were competing, and won a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Chronometer as a prize for its excellent performance. The team’s main competition was Willem Wester’s (Breskens, Zeeland, NED) Grand Soleil 46 Antilope (steered by Belgian Olympian Philippe Bergmans) and Ashley Wolfe’s (Alberta, Canada) IRC 52 Mayhem, which finished second and third, respectively.