Sailors Kick Off Water Sports Day
The usual easterly trade winds shifted to the south setting the course with one turning mark just off the Waterfront, giving the gathering crowd a close view of the action as three and four boats jostled for position at the mark.
The IC-24 class, 24- foot boats were crewed by between three to five sailors, all of whom were happy to run as many races as time would allow. That ended up being four races.
When the results were tallied, Old and Gray came in 1st, Boat Drinks was 2nd, and a three-way tie developed for 3rd between Green Boat, No Expectations and Red Dog. Counting back to the best races for each boat, Green Boat was 3rd, No Expectations was 4th and Red Dog, 5th.
The sailors finished the event with a sailing parade down the Waterfront throwing Mardi Gras beads to the crowd as the buoys were set for the power boat racers.
Weekend IC24 Regatta Is A Race To The Finish
Throughout the weekend's nine races, it was "consistency and being focused" that earned the St. Thomas team with Carlos Aguilar at the helm the regatta win, crew member Verian Aguilar said later. Twelve teams from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Puerto Rico and Dallas competed in the event, with local IC24 owners pitted against visiting skippers in two heats of multiple races.
Caribbean IC24 catches Texas sailor's interest
The leeway was just too short, and the Texas team smacked stern to midship, disqualifying both themselves and the other visiting team from the Virgin Island of St. Croix. That was the bad news, especially since both boats were tied for second in a field of 12 teams. The good news is that Team Barefoot came so close to the winner's circle after stepping aboard an IC24—a modified J/24 design—for the first time only two days before the regatta. "It's a blast and a user-friendly design I'd like to take home," said Sherman.