The St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) has revealed the winners of the 49th annual event, attributing smart starts, minimal mistakes, and fast finishes for their victories. Nearly 50 yachts participated in the competition, with skippers and crews from the Caribbean, USA, Europe, and Australia.
The regatta showcased the international sailing community’s talent and camaraderie, with sailors of all levels joining together to compete and share their passion for the sport. The event also featured various social activities, offering participants an opportunity to network, socialize, and celebrate their achievements.
Winners and podium placers included Ron O’Hanley’s Privateer in CSA 0, Peter Corr’s Blitz in CSA 1, Sandra Askew’s Flying Jenny in CSA 2, Joan Rodriguez’s Lady M in CSA 3, Cy Thompson’s Bill T in IC24, and Niall Bartlett’s FiDeLa in Hobie Wave. Competitors sailed around islands, cays, and rocks in 12-15 knots of East-Southeast breeze.
During post-race interviews, team members emphasized the importance of practice, consistency, teamwork, and boat handling in achieving their successes. They also highlighted the unique challenges and rewards of sailing in the Caribbean, such as navigating the region’s picturesque coastlines and taking advantage of its breezy conditions.
In addition to the race winners, the USA’s David McDonough and his crew aboard the J/42, Trinity IV, received the inaugural presentation of the perpetual Arthur J. Wullschleger Happy Days and Never Better Award. Wullschleger, a veteran International Sailing Judge, was known for his positive attitude and enthusiasm for the sport. The award honors the yacht that demonstrates the highest level of positivity, enthusiasm, and camaraderie on and off the racecourse.
Full results for STIR 2023 can be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=15496. To relive the excitement via daily photos and recaps, check out STIR on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stirvi), Twitter @stirvi, and Instagram #STIRVI.
The 50th anniversary STIR, taking place during the Easter Weekend, is set for March 29-31, 2024. The milestone event promises to be a spectacular celebration of sailing, with even more participants and festivities expected to commemorate its rich history and continued success.