Monday, March 25, 2013

St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta

The 40th Annual Rolex Sailing Regatta blew into to town this past weekend!

They have several classes of sail boats with 3 days of racing around the Island of St Thomas and St John. Headquarters for the Regatta is at the St Thomas Yacht Club. Every night they had live entertainment, food and drink.

Friday we headed over to the Yacht Club. They had a large screen going of the recap of that day's races. The bar was great even though they had no diet soda? And there was a BBQ with food for purchase. Out in the water they built a bandstand. They had some really nice chairs out on the beach and was great to take in the video and then listen to the great band Cool Session Brass Band from St John and dance in the sand under the stars! Here is a video.

Saturday we gathered a group together to go out on our boat to watch the regatta up close on the water. We found a spot just off the Wyndham Resort where they had to make a sharp turn. Wind was pretty strong here along with the current and trying to stay in place was a challenge. So off we went to the other side of Pillsbury sound and went in between Little St James to Christmas Cove we were anchored up for the rest of the day!

Saturday proved to be fun, so we ventured out again on Sunday, this time we found a more calm place right off of Thatch Cay. Here is a video of the sailboats making a turn.

The Rolex Regatta was a good time and can't wait for next year! Next event is St Thomas Carnival, end of April.

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