On Sunday, January 13, 7 IC-24s, 2 private cruising boats and four motor boats from STYC, about 70 people in all sailed to gorgeous Scott beach in St. John for a beach party hosted by the Sailing Center and Ched Sharpless from the Galley restaurant at STYC. Everyone enjoyed this event.
The next event will be February 10.
Here in St. Thomas it sure is good to start a season without any hurricanes. It really makes a difference. The islands are green, most houses and hotels are back together (or almost), and we are seeing planning, construction and optimism.
And at the St. Thomas Sailing Center, we are taking steps to make sailing more fun and more available to more people than ever:
The 2nd Annual Hotel & Tourism Regatta was held on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Teams from Westin St John, Mafolie Hotel & Restaurant, Ritz Carlton, deSIGNS, and Marriott's Frenchman's Cove competed in buoy racing in Cowpet Bay. The breeze was ON and the teams were up for the challenge! While some team members had sailing experience, many had never been on a sailboat before. This event gave people that had never sailed a chance to steer, trim sails and race an IC-24 keelboat under the guidance of a professional coach. Check out the photos below to see the great job everyone did learning sailing skills and competing on the racecourse!
Following racing, teams returned to the yacht club for lunch and an awards presentation, and of course, sharing tales of the day's excitement. The overall winner for the regatta was Marriott's Frenchman's Cove with Scott Derrickson, Raheem Malone, Meredith Higgins and Ilena Snodgrass . In second place were the Ritz Racers from the Ritz Carlton. Mafolie Hotel and Restaurant team came in third. Everyone who participated had an adventure and went home a winner! This is an annual event and we hope to see you all again next year.
We just completed our annual racing clinic in conjunction with North U from January 31 to February 4. Notwithstanding the hurricanes and their immediate aftermath, which inconveniently occurred exactly when most people make their winter vacation plans, 20 racers and seven coaches were on hand for the festivities. The clinic ended with a regatta on Sunday. We did some buoy racing and some around the island racing. The results were very close, but on Sunday absolutely every team outsailed the team they were on Thursday. A great time was had by all and everyone is a better racer for the experience.
Check out some of the images from the event:
As humans, we seem to always look forward to a better future. That's what gives us the drive to repair and rebuild in the face of adversity or even disaster and that response is the reason our optimistic view is justified. Just about everyone I know on this island is rebuilding, renewing, planning for, expecting a better future. It makes it exciting to be here in this new year.
Below is a slide show of our fleet as of January 2. We're ready. We have two events this weekend:
Saturday Afternoon IC-24 Racing begins this Saturday, January 6 at 12:30pm. Here is a list of all the dates we'll be racing on Saturday afternoons. All are welcome, even if you have limited racing experience.
FREE SAILING Open House this Sunday, January 7 from 1-4pm. Come for a sail with one of our skippers and see what the Sailing Center has to offer. Bring friends and family and enjoy the afternoon. The Galley Grille will be open for lunch.
Hope to see you on the water!
The Sailing Center is officially open!
If you have Boat Access you can reserve an IC-24 or Hobie Wave whenever you want as your Boat Access allows.
To make a reservation, email email@example.com or call/text our new cell phone number: 340 690-3681.
For more information on how Boat Access works, to add it to your STYC membership, or to renew for 2018, go here or call.
And you may want to consider Boat Access this year because we have some upcoming and ongoing events that will definitely shift your perspective. Here are some examples:
These are only some of the events we’ve scheduled for your enjoyment. Please see our Calendar for a more comprehensive listing.
St. Thomas Sailing Center
It has been one crazy fall. Many of you have had significant damage to your homes, boats, cars and lives. As you can see, our IC-24 fleet was badly wrecked as the trailers blew over and then got tossed around by Irma’s winds. Five of our seven ICs were punctured and shattered to varying degrees. Thanks to the work of Forrest and Greer our Hobie Waves came through the storms unscathed.
The question is, what can be done to not merely “get back to normal”, but turn destruction into an opportunity to emerge better and stronger than before?
For the Sailing Center, the answer is several things:
First, my friend Chris Small, one of the best fiberglass guys I have ever met, graciously agreed to come to St. Thomas for a month to fix our boats. Here are before and after pictures of Boat Drinks:
Second, we are modifying some of our offerings to make it easier and more fun for everyone including non-sailors to join the community of members who race, by:
As an important research project we checked it out last weekend. It’s perfect. Here are our research findings:
Of course we will continue to offer our North U Clinics and Clinic/ Regattas to help more competitive racers move up in the fleet and we will also have boats available for STIR, BVI Spring and other events. Stay tuned.
And, for those of you who might be interested in Boat Access for the first time, we are making this special offer:
Sign up for Boat Access for the 2018 season and we will include access during November and December at no additional charge!
We have ICs in the water and Hobies on the beach so members with Boat Access can use the boats now. Details on course formats and starting dates as well as Boat Access are available on our website at stsc.styc.club
Of course internet is still sketchy and our land lines don’t yet work, so if you have questions or would like to sign up or reserve a boat, don’t hesitate to stop by our office or call me at 617 513-1468.
Director, St. Thomas Sailing Center