Jump onboard and race Bermuda High in one or both Caribbean Regattas
St. Thomas International Regatta
March 28 – March 30, 2014
BVI Spring Regatta
March 31 – April 6, 2014
Once again, we can hardly wait to compete in the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta. And for the first time, we are planning to race in the BVI Spring Regatta immediately following Rolex. As part of the Regatta, you can take our Bareboat class. Two years ago we were in the hunt for a podium finish (3rd place) up to the last day, where the winds were lighter and we were not as competitive. Last year was exceptionally light winds yet we were still in the hunt with our larger headsail. We finished in 5th place (out of 10 boats), with 23 points, only 3 points out of 2nd place. As usual, we beat lots of well sailed larger boats, including a Swan 53.
One interesting thing I have discovered is that we have consistently finished in the top half or better of the fleet, and most of our competitors are really good sailors. I do the start, but thereafter, the crew rotates on the helm for 2-3 minutes. One might think this is slow, but it is not, and I think the reason is that our drivers stay super focused on going as fast as possible, while the rest of us call tactics or trim sails. Focus is the key to doing well, especially for the person on the helm. The person who just relieves the helmsman stay by their side for 2-3 minutes to make sure they stay up to speed and the tell tails are perfect. This system keeps everyone involved and focused, making for a great learning experience. I also am well known for staying calm and collected, and the sprit on Bermuda High is always great. At the parties, we often hear of high level captains and pro’s screaming at the crew! We may not have won yet, but every year we get better, and we sure have a great time!
If you choose to stay on board Bermuda High, costs are as follows:
Main salon berth – $60 per night
Forward stateroom – $110 per night
Port aft stateroom – $90/night Starboard aft $80/night.
Cost for the St Thomas Regatta – three days of racing and one day of practice:
$550 – members / $650 – non-members
Cost for the BVI Spring Regatta – five days of racing:
$690 – members / $790 – non-members
Do both Regatta’s – $990 members / 1090 – non-members
Returning racers get an extra 10% off.
Caribbean Bareboat Class
Add $800 member / $870 non-members for the Bareboat Class.
The three day class portion will take place just before the St. Thomas Regatta or will follow the BVI Regatta.
The St. Thomas Regatta Bareboat class will run from the 24th to the 26th. On the 27th is the prep and practice day. Students can stay onboard for no charge except during days we are racing. The final Bareboat class day will be on monday March, 31st, when we sail and clear into the BVI’s. Students will be finished and may depart on April 1st from Tortola, unless they wish to stay and do more racing.
If you prefer, you can join the boat on Sunday afternoon, March 30th at the St Thomas Yacht Club. You will be onboard for the clear out / clear in process, as we head to the BVI’s on monday the 31st, joining us for the BVI racing. The class will then be held on April 5th to April 8th, and you will depart from Charlotte Amelie harbor, St. Thomas, a few minutes from the airport (code STT).
We may also offer a Bareboat class in early February, from the 5th to the 10th.
Instructions for St Thomas racers is as follows. Arrive Thursday, March 21st (or late Weds) and sail with us to the St. Thomas Yacht Club (leaving from CYOA dock in Charlotte Amalie by 2pm which is 5 minutes from the airport). You can also meet us at the Yacht Club that evening. The racing starts on friday, February 28th. The race ends Sunday, March 24th followed by the Award Ceremony and Party held beach side. Complementary breakfast served each morning at St. Thomas yacht Club from Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24 and there are awesome parties every evening. Lunch will be served on boat in between races. You preferably will depart on monday am from the St Thomas Yacht Club (plan on an hour trip to the Airport), although it is possible to leave Sunday. You probably will miss the last day of racing unless you find a flight that leaves after 5pm. We are normally done racing between 1 and 2pm.
On monday, we will sail to the BVI’s for the Spring Regatta, for 5 more days of great racing. In the CSA class we are in, one of our frequent competitors is Hotel California, a Santa Cruz 70 we usually beat. They came in 2nd place in the BVI Regatta! The racing finishes up on Sunday afternoon on April 6th when we collect our second trophy! You preferably will depart on monday am from the BVI’s, although it is possible to leave Sunday. You probably will miss the last day of racing.