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2022 USVI's International Optimist Regatta - Four days left for early entry discount

by Carol Bareuther 12 May 18:36 BST June 13-19, 2022
USVI's International Optimist Regatta © Matias Capizzano

Whether you want to tune up for the Optimist World Championships or Optimist European Championships or learn new tacks and tactics for a summer of racing, register now for the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), the TOTE Clinic, and TOTE Team Race.

This trio of 'must-do' events takes place June 13-19, 2022, at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. More specifically, the TOTE Clinic happens June 13-15, followed by the TOTE Team Race June 16 along with a Parade of Nations and Welcome Party, and the IOR, June 17 to 19.

Early entry registration is $275 through May 15; $300 after this date.

Plus, the deadline to reserve charter boats from McLaughlin Boat Works is May 13, 2022. Contact McLaughlin at

"We currently have 106 entries, and our capacity is 120, so there is still time to enter. Plus, enter by Sunday and receive the early registration discount. We already have sailors registered to race from Antigua, the Bahamas, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several states in the U.S.A.," says Emily Zimmerman, regatta director, and STYC Commodore. "It's the combination of a clinic led by world-class coaches, a highly-competitive team race, and professionally run three-day regatta, plus the Virgin Islands' ideal wind, wave, and weather conditions that have made the IOR a favorite with Opti sailors, their families and friends for nearly 30 years."

Entries to date include Gilman Hackel and Cole Fanchi, both from Florida's Lauderdale Yacht Club, and members of the USA's Optimist Worlds team. The Optimist World Championships take place June 27-July 7, in Bodrum, Turkey. There is also Miles Cundey, from New Jersey's Bay Head Yacht Club; Glen Foster, from Massachusetts' American Yacht Club; and Elizabeth Xydas, from Florida's Coral Reef Yacht Club, who are team members that will represent the USA at the European Optimist Champions, July 30-August 6, in Denmark.

Also registered are the USVI's Optimist World's team members: Audrey Zimmerman, Cobia Fagan, Emma Walters, Howard Zimmerman, and Mariana Brunt.

Strong sponsor support

New in 2022, winners in the Red (ages 13-15), Blue (ages 11-12), and White (age 10-and under) fleets will receive signature Virgin Islands'-styled Lite Up Watches from Cardow Jewelers, each in coordinated Red, Blue, and White colors. Perfect for junior sailors, the kid-favorite timepieces are water-resistant and feature a silicon band, flashlight, light-up feature, and an outline of all three U.S. Virgin Islands on the face.

"Cardow Jewelers is happy to sponsor the 2022 International Optimist Regatta and support the Virgin Islands' next generation of sailors. Cardow supports initiatives that promote inclusiveness and wider access to sailing within our community, especially at an early age," says Carolina de Lyrot, marketing manager for the celebrated seven-decade strong retailer and Virgin Islands' flagship jeweler, with St. Thomas locations at #1 Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, the Crown Bay Center, and Cyril E. King Airport.

MSI Building Supplies, the two-generation owned and operated largest construction materials company, is providing its sponsorship to the IOR.

"MSI is pleased to sponsor the long-standing annual International Optimist Regatta as it highlights our young children, and fosters their love of sailing and competition as well as the beauty of our Virgin Islands," says Thomas Brunt IV, president.

The IOR is also sponsored by TOTE Maritime, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, and K3 Waterproof Gear.

For more information, call (408) 314-7119, or Email: Or, for the Notice of Regatta (NOR), Registration Form, and other information, visit the St. Thomas Yacht Club website or Regatta Network.

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