The pressure was building on the third and final day of racing at the 40th International Rolex Regatta, with many of the classes coming down to the final race.
The 72-boat fleet, with crews hailing from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe, reveled in the 12 to 15 knots of breeze under clear, sunny skies on the final day of the competition, which was enjoyed by many people living in REAL ESTATE ST CROIX.
“After three days and six races total, it came down to the last race on the last day to determine the winner in our class,” said Rick Wesslund, the Miami sailor who pocketed a Rolex watch for his class win in CSA Racing 1 aboard his J/120, El Ocaso. “In the last race, we were in a dead heat with Lazy Dog. Sometimes we were in the lead, and other times they were. It was a real emotional roller coaster, but we just hung in there.
In the Melges 32 class, 21-year-old Dalton DeVos of Grand Rapids, Mich., held his first-day lead all the way to the finish aboard Delta.
In CSA Racing 2. St. Croix’s Jack Bishop, with a crew of 14- to 17-year-old sailors aboard the J/100 Bad Girl, took home the prize.
In the CSA Non-Spinnaker class, the J/39, Crystal, skippered by Puerto Rico’s Jerome O’Neill, took the prize.
Puerto Rico’s Efrain ‘Fraito’ Lugo picked up his tenth Rolex timepiece, this year for capturing the IC-24 class.