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21ST INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST REGATTA, CLINIC & TEAM RACE
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Register now! The International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by Glacial Energy celebrates its 21st edition, marking over two decades of fostering junior sailing in the Caribbean. Dates for the regatta and kick-off Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team Race are June 17th to 23rd, 2013.
Recognized as one of the first and largest regattas in the Caribbean to promote youth sailing, the 2013 IOR welcomes participants this year from around the world.
“We are looking forward to a strong representation of sailors this year,” says regatta director, Margo Lynch. “To date, sailors already registered represent Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Curacao, Mexico and of course all three U.S. Virgin Islands as well as a large number of U.S. sailors, including those from California.”
Nearly 100 8- to 15-year-old junior sailors are expected to attend this St. Thomas Yacht Club- and Virgin Island Sailing Association (VISA)-hosted and Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned regatta.
“Glacial Energy is proud to sponsor this year’s International Optimist Regatta, says Joel Finley, president of sales. “Through this event and the other amazing events put on by the St. Thomas Yacht Club and VISA, our young people are given the opportunity to race in world class conditions with competitors from all over the globe.” Michael Giery, general counsel adds; “This event not only prepares young sailors to face amazing competitors, but also gives them the understanding of good sportsmanship and healthy competition. The St. Thomas Yacht Club and VISA continue to produce world class sailors, amazing the international sailing world year after year and Glacial Energy is proud to be a part of the adventure.”
The Sea Star Clinic begins Monday, June 17th and runs through Wednesday, June 19th. Top international coaches from Optisailors.com, the U.S. National Team, St. Thomas Yacht Club and Virgin Islands Optimist Dinghy Association such as Pilo Rocha, Justine O’Connor, Agustin ‘Argy’ Resano and Santiago Galan, will teach the sailors registered for the clinic.
“The clinic focuses on starts, strategy and tactics,” Resano explains. “It's chiefly focused for sailors that are not use to sailing in big fleets. Most Caribbean countries don't have more than 30 boats on a starting line. For the sailors that do have big fleet experience, the clinic provides a great tune up in which they will get a better knowledge of the racing area and the sailing conditions. It's very hard to just show up to these waters the day before the regatta and perform well. Sailors have to get use to sail in big waves.”
Cost of the clinic is $300 for non-U.S. Virgin Islands’ registrants and $275 for U.S. Virgin Islands’ residents, and includes breakfast and lunch for the three days. Clinic registration closes on May 15th.
The Sea Star Team Racing event is scheduled for June 20th.
“We are expecting 16 competitive teams, each with 4 to 5 sailors,” says Resano. “Last year, we had Team FOR from the U.S. arrive early for a team racing camp. They enjoyed it so much that they will hold their annual team racing camp this year on St. Thomas too.”
Entry fee for the team racing is $160 per team of 4 sailors. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 19th.
“Sea Star Lines is proud to announce its 6th consecutive year in St. Thomas hosting its annual Youth Clinic and Team Race,” says Frank Urban,Caribbean & business development sales manager. “I have been very fortunate to be a part of the outstanding leadership and vision of the Sea Star Team over the past few years and I hope to share these life lessons with the youths of St. Thomas. We all believe at Sea Star that children are our future and we must give back whenever possible. We hope that through our continued sponsorship we can help them to build a sense of self-confidence, purpose and discipline in a fun and safe environment.”
The three-day International Optimist Regatta presented by Glacial Energy kicks off Friday June 21st.
The regatta entry fee is $225 by May 15th and $250 after May 15th. Those that register prior to May 15th will have their names entered into a special drawing to win top-notch prizes. Final registration takes place June 20th. The entry fee includes an event T-shirt, registration ‘goodie’ bag, and all meals from Thursday June 20th Welcome Party through Sunday’s Brunch.
Shore side activities include an opening Parade of Nations, a Welcome Party and Caribbean-themed night that includes fire dancers. The fun culminates with a beachside brunch and Awards Ceremony on June 23rd.
Trophies will be awarded to the top five sailors in each fleet and top three overall. Additional trophies include the Peter Ives’ Perpetual Trophy, the Chuck Fuller Sportsmanship Award and the top female sailor. The Sea Star Perpetual Trophy will be inscribed with the names of the sailors on the winning team racing team.
This year’s event will follow an eco-friendly theme. Sailors will be urged to recycle all plastic water bottles, use the reusable water bottle in the goodie bag throughout the regatta, keep all lunch bags and wrapping out of the water and pick up any trash on shore and accept drinks without straws.
USA’S LOGUE WINS 20TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST REGATTA
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Only four points separated the top five sailors going into the third and final day of racing at the 20th Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, held out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 22 to 24. After three final races in 12 to 15 knot winds, it came down to a tie-breaker to determine 14-year-old Will Logue, from Riverside, Connecticut, the overall winner, topping nearly 100 other sailors.
“I didn’t do well in the second race this morning, so it was really close. But, I came back strong in the last race to win,” says Logue. “My strategy is always to stay positive and do the best I can.”
This was Logue’s first trip to the Caribbean. “What I really like here are the heavy winds,” he says. “It was great sailing.”
Logue won not only the overall championship, but also the 13- to 15-year-old Red Fleet.
In the 11- to 12-year old Blue Fleet, it was Ivan Shestopalov from Miami, Florida, who finished first.
“The winds were very consistent and that’s what I need, heavy air,” says Shestopalov, who added that he would be staying on St. Thomas another week with his team to train before leaving for the Optimist World Championships in the Dominican Republic in July.
The BVI’s Thad Lettsome won the age 10 and under White Fleet. This is impressive since Lettsome has been sailing only a little over one year in the Royal BVI Yacht Club Sailing Program.
“It was fun,” says Lettsome. “It was also the biggest regatta I’ve sailed in to date. I just tried to stay left or right, whatever direction the wind was coming from.”
The Dominican Republic’s Justina Pacheco earned the Top Girl award.
“I always tried to read the wind shifts correctly and get good starts,” says Pacheco, about her strategy for success.
In the beginner Green Fleet, it was Mateo DiBlasi from St. John, USVI, who took a commanding lead to win.
“I always went where there was the most wind,” says 9-year-old DiBlasi. “Now, my next race I get to go in White Fleet. That will be hard, but I’m ready.”
The USA’s Logue also won the Pete Ives Award, given for a combination of sailing prowess, sportsmanship, determination and good attitude both on and off the water.
Meanwhile, the USVI’s Maggie Finley earned the Chuck Fuller Sportsmanship Award.
A record 127 sailors competed in the Advanced Red, Blue and White Fleets and beginner Green Fleet. The Advanced Fleets completed 11 races and the Green Fleet a total of 16 races over the three days of competition. Sailors hailed from 16 nations – Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, the USA and USVI.
The Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, organized under authority of the Virgin Islands Sailing Association and a Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned event, has been sponsored by Scotiabank almost since the event’s inception. The week started off with the Sea Star Clinic, run from coaches from OptiSailors.com, and included the one-day Sea Star Team Race on June 21, which was won by the USA Worlds Team.
RESULTS (Top 3)
1. Will Logue, Connecticut, USA (37)
2. Romain Screve, California, USA (37)
3. Nic Muller, Florida, USA (38)
1. Ivan Shestopalov, Florida, USA (39)
2. Wiley Rogers, Texas, USA (82)
3. Maria Paz Pacheco, Dominican Republic (153)
1. Thad Lettsome, BVI (242)
2. Rayne Duff, BVI (247)
3. Zane Rogers, Texas, USA (256)
1. Mateo DiBlasi, St. John, USVI (23)
2. Luke Sanford, St. Croix, USVI (48T)
3. Mia Nicolosi, St. Thomas, USVI (48T)
ABOUT THE SPONSORS
Scotiabank.Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. With more than 77,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries around the world. Locally, Scotiabank has served the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1963. It offers a full range of retail banking and commercial services through nine branches in the territory. With assets above $637 billion (as at January 31, 2012), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.
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