ST CROIX — One of the Caribbean’s premier sailing events is making waves in 2023 as it celebrates its 30th year here on St. Croix. The St. Croix International Regatta is a three-day sailing event hosted by the St. Croix Yacht Club from April 14 – 16th, 2023. Three days of racing through the waters surrounding St. Croix plus live entertainment and food trucks on shore, it’s no wonder why the 30th Annual St. Croix International Regatta is the island’s biggest sailing event of the year!
The St. Croix International Regatta wouldn’t be a possibility if it weren’t for the vision of one man back in 1992. Die-hard racer Nick Castruccio had a dream to host a big boat regatta in the Buck Island Channel by inviting boats from all over the Caribbean to come race in St. Croix. With the help of fellow sailor and businessman, Rob Armstrong, they secured Mumm’s Champagne as the first sponsor. The first Mumm’s Cup Regatta was held in October 1992, a three-day event with 69 boats competing. 31 years later and the regatta is still going strong thanks to the unwavering support of countless volunteers, sponsorship from government and local businesses, and the support of the competitors who make the trek from near and far to be part of this incredible event.
The race is open to all boats with a current CSA rating for CSA classes. For one design classes, all boats must be compliant with the governing one-design class rules. Minimum class size is 3 registered boats. The entry fee is $150. Payment is due at registration with check-in no later than 8am on Thursday, April 13th. St. Croix Yacht Club as the organizing authority reserves the right to combine, cancel, sub-divide, create, or rearrange classes.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will feature fast-paced racing with a mix of spinnaker, non-spinnaker, multihull and one-design classes running a range of courses starting at 10 a.m. These courses may include Windward/Leeward courses, courses around government marks or courses around Buck Island. Back on shore, the excitement continues with a host of lively entertainment from local performers including the Guardians of Culture Mocko Jumbies. Enjoy live music on Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th from 6pm to 9pm and grab a bite to eat from any of the food trucks between 4pm and 8pm on these days. Sunday Funday will have live music from 2pm to 5pm with the last of the races kicking off at 3pm. The award ceremony will be held immediately after the races end.
The 30th St. Croix International Regatta will be held from Friday, April 14th through Sunday, April 16th at the St Croix Yacht Club. To learn more about this event, visit www.stcroixyc.com/SCYC-International-Regatta.
Written by Anquanette Gaspard email@example.com