|15th Annual Optimist Regatta under sail|
The 2012 Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta is celebrating its 20th year as a youth regatta. This event is hosted by the Virgin Island Sailing Association and held at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. Junior sailors from 8 to 15 years of age are expected from numerous destinations: the Caribbean, the mainland, and our friends from across the big ocean. As of today the those registered for this year's Regatta are hail from places like Barbados, Bahamas, Texas, Florida, Maryland, BVI, Saint Maarten, Puerto Rico, and, of course the Virgin Islands (St John, St Croix and St Thomas).
The Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta fosters an extremely high caliber of racing amongst young sailors. It features awesome international competition amidst our great Caribbean sailing conditions. The week begins with a 3 day clinic coached by the Optisailors coaches. Thursday is an optional day of Team Racing which is followed by three days of racing in the main event. Our regatta is quickly becoming world renowned. Off the water, we have fun activities and evening events that cater to both kids and parents…everyone has a great time.
The Weather Channel predicts lovely weather and good winds for this week's Regatta so bring your sunscreen, water, and enthusiasm. It should be fun for all!