St Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta – Feb. 11-13, 2011

Steady, consistent winds and clear skies made for perfect conditions for the St. Croix Yacht Club’s Hospice Regatta this weekend.

The regatta, which is also the first leg of the Caribbean Ocean Racing Circuit, also known as CORC, raises funds to help uninsured hospice patients.

St. Croix sailor Morgan Dale, and his crew aboard the Melges 24 Boogaloo, came out as the big winners, taking top honors in the CSA Spinnaker Racing Division. For his effort, Dale won the customary prize of his weight in Cruzan Rum, which race spokesman Richard Biffle said was about eight or nine cases.

Smile and Wave, a Beneteau First 40, and skipper Jaime Torres out of Puerto Rico finished second in the category, followed by Dark Star skipper Jonathan Lipuscek, also out of Puerto Rico.

“It was perfect,” Biffle said. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was almost due east the whole time and blowing steady.”

About 20 large racing boats and 18 youth optimist racers competed in the weekend regatta.

Christiansted’s James Kloss, who took top honors with his 26-foot sloop Ambivalence in the Fun Racing division, said the conditions and competition were top-notch. Kloss’ boat carried two first time sailors, both 16-year-olds from St. Croix, during the races.

“We had an awesome weekend of racing. We were in a group with some of the older and slower boats, but we were still out there having fun,” Kloss said, adding that the regatta worked to include young racers in the big boat divisions.

“We’re trying to move them into the big boats as well.”

The USA’s Stan Joines took second in the division aboard Wind Flower, and Vincenzo Ambrosi finished third aboard Delpine.

Lawrence Aqui, from St. Thomas, won the CSA Performance Cruiser division aboard the Dufour 40 Wild T’ing. Thomas Mullen, from New Hampshire, finished second aboard the J-95 Shamrock VII, and Stephen Schmidt, from St. Thomas, took third aboard the Santa Cruz 70 Hotel California.

A youth regatta, sailed aboard Optimists, also took place out of the yacht club over the weekend.

Rhone Findley, from St. Maarten, took top honors as the overall winner. Among the experienced sailors, Findley was followed by Julio Rojo, Davide Kleeger and Conrad Yanez.

Ryan Hunter took the win in the blue fleet, followed by Bodine Beentjies.

Alec Kupers won the white fleet.

Natalie McConnel won the green fleet for new sailors and also was named top female overall. She was followed by Rachel Conhoff and Christopher Sharpless.

Dawson Kohl received the award for sportsmanship.

Tracy Sanders, founder and president of the hospice provider Continuum Care, said that the regatta has raised nearly $20,000 to help uninsured hospice patients in the Virgin Islands.

“Upward of 30 percent of our population has no health insurance,” Sanders said. “A big part is also to raise awareness that we’re here.”

Piglet, a Teegull 2300 captained by Joseph San Martin out of Christiansted, took first in the Multihull class. Rainbow Rider, a catamaran captained by Ray Styles of Charlotte Amalie, came in second.

The CORC continues March 18-20 with its second leg of racing in the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta at Palmas del Mar in Humacao.

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BY SEAN MCCOY (DAILY NEWS STAFF) Virgin Islands Daily News
Published: February 14, 2011

Avow Regatta Results

Avow Hospice Regatta Class Winners and Nationals Delegate Announced

Under perfect January skies, 17 boats participated in the 2011 Avow Hospice Regatta, held Saturday, January 29 in theGulf of Mexico near the Naples Pier. The following boats won their divisions:

Spinnaker A:                Maria, skippered by Joe Bonness

Spinnaker B:                 T-Bone, skippered by Jason Richards

Sport Boat:                   Obsession, skippered by Gary Schwarting

Multihull:                       Tri-Power, skippered by Ed Dixon

Non-Spinnaker:            Air Supply, skippered by Steve Romaine

True Crossing:              Saboutime, skippered by John Harkless

Steve Romaine and his boat Air Supply will represent the Avow Hospice Regatta in the 2012 National Hospice Regattas Championship Races, scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg, FL in 2012.

For fundraising excellence, the Winds of Hospice award was conferred on:

Boat: Flame, skippered by James Doane

Individual: Coleen Walsh, crew member of Obsession

The Avow Hospice Regatta sails each winter to raise awareness of hospice services inCollier County and funds for Avow’s nonprofit operations.

2011 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta & Optimist Regatta

Join Us at Jump Up! – February 11, 2011

The 2011 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta invites you to visit our booth, located at the Comanche Mill Yachtless Club, during the Christiansted Valentine Jump Up celebration, Friday, February 11, 2011. Come out and support the St. Croix Yacht Club and Continuum Care Inc., in their efforts to promote education and diverse programs offered to our Island community.

St. Croix Yacht Club will be providing round trip taxi service for SCYC members and SCYC Hospice Regatta participants from the St. Croix Yacht Club to Christiansted for Jump Up. The first taxi will leave SCYC at 5:30 PM with continued service, approximately every 25 minutes. The last Taxi will be leaving Christiansted, heading east at 10:00 PM. Please visit the SCYC Hospitality desk to purchase your $15.00 round trip taxi wrist band.

Throughout the entire weekend, SHOW YOUR SPIRIT by simply wearing any piece of SCYC or regatta merchandise (hat, bags, shirts, belts, etc.), to be registered for raffle prizes sponsored by our local artists and retailers. Visit the table at the Comanche Mill Yachtless Club during Jump Up or the hospitality table at the St. Croix Yacht Club to be entered into the raffle. You do not have to be present to win and raffle prizes will be posted.

See you there!
St Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta Committee

The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta – Feb 11-14

Divi Carina Bay Resort, St. Croix’s only All-Inclusive resort, supports the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta and the St. Croix community by offering an excellent room rate for the weekend of February 11- 14, 2011.  Located just minutes from the St. Croix Yacht Club, the Divi Carina Bay Resort is an excellent location for regatta participants to book their stay, while on St. Croix.   There are a limited number of rooms available so participants are asked to take advantage of this offer as soon as they can.

$167.00 a night

(Includes tax, resort fees, breakfast)

Room Rate is based on double occupancy

Based on Availability

To place your reservations, contact Mrs. Ann Downes at 340.773. 9700 ext. 719 or email her directly at  Mention that you are a participant in St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta.

Located on a quiet stretch of beach in St. Croix, the Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort combines privacy and relaxation with modern style and amenities.

Spacious beachfront guestrooms and deluxe hillside suites offer private balconies with stunning views.

Only steps away from the exciting resort casino, and offering an on-site PADI five-star dive operation and activities center, guests of the Divi Carina have their choice of diversions.

Romantic candlelit dining, and casual poolside treats complement deluxe amenities and superior island hospitality.

For more information about the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta visit

Fair winds, St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta