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ST CROIX — One of the Caribbean’s premier sailing events is poised to captivate sailors and enthusiasts alike as it gears up to celebrate its 31st year here on St. Croix. Hosted by the St. Croix Yacht Club (SCYC), the St. Croix International Regatta is a three-day sailing extravaganza that will unfold from April 19th to April 21st, promising exhilarating races on the scenic waters of St. Croix and complemented by vibrant onshore entertainment and delectable offerings from the SCYC itself.

The St. Croix International Regatta was born thanks to the vision of die-hard racer Nick Castruccio back in 1992. His dream was to host a big boat regatta in the Buck Island Channel, inviting boats from all over the Caribbean to come race in St. Croix. Teaming up with fellow sailor and entrepreneur Rob Armstrong, they enlisted Mumm’s Champagne as the inaugural sponsor, giving birth to the first Mumm’s Cup Regatta in October 1992. Three decades later, the regatta continues to thrive, buoyed by the steadfast dedication of volunteers, bolstered by government and local business sponsorship, and fueled by the enthusiasm of participants near and far.

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 three registered boats. With a modest entry fee of $150, payment is due at registration, with check-in no later than 8am on Thursday, April 18th. As the organizing authority, St. Croix Yacht Club 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 11 a.m. These courses may include Windward/Leeward, triangle courses, or combination courses and distant courses with a combination of government and dropped marks. Back on shore, attendees will be treated to a host of lively entertainment from performers, including Kurt Schindler, Tony Richards & Friends, and Caliche with KiKi and the Fire Dancers. Sunday Funday will feature live music from 1pm to 3pm – brought to you by skilled sailor and former Calypso King Llewellyn. The award ceremony will commence at 3pm, where all winners will be announced. For the overall prize, the winner between the Spinnaker and Jib and Main Class wins their Skipper’s weight in rum! To win, registrants must be in the Cruising Class or Spinnaker Class.

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Written by Anquanette Gaspard