Monday, April 4, 2016

J/122 Wins St Thomas Regatta

J/122 El Ocaso sailing CaribbeanJ/105 Tops CSA 3 Class
(St Thomas, US Virgin Islands)- The real story of the 43rd St Thomas International Regatta (STIR) was wind. Lots of it. Gusts blustered over 30 knots all three days with 6 to 8 foot seas. Yet, combine these conditions with 80-degree weather, bright sun and bathwater warm turquoise seas and it’s a recipe relished by all the racers on the sixty-seven boats in the event.

Chief among these happy sailors was the Southern California team aboard Doug Baker’s J/122 TEAM MAGNITUDE- EL OCASO that won the CSA Spinnaker Racing 2. They quite literally “ran the table”, posting all bullets in the six race series to win class and overall.  In addition, they took second in the “warm-up” Round the Rocks Race in the CSA Spinnaker division.

J/105 Dark Star sailing off St ThomasHaving an equally successful performance in CSA Spinnaker Racing 3 class was Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Lipuscek on his J/105 DARK STAR, successfully defending their title with a blistering scoreline of 1-2-1-3-2-1 for 10 pts.  Sailing a very consistent series was Jordan Mindich’s J/105 SOLSTICE, taking fourth place with scores of 3-3-3-5-3-2 for 19 pts, just one point off the podium!

The CSA Non-Spinnaker saw Aaron Gardner’s Puerto Rican J/24 team on BRAVISSIMO sailed fast in the large ten-boat CSA Non-spinnaker class to take fifth overall.  Sailing photo credits- Dean Barnes & Ingrid Abery (   For more St Thomas International Regatta sailing information