2017 Midwinters West Regatta

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March 26th, 2017


Eight Good Hope Country Day School (GHCDS) student sailors from the St. Croix Sailing Team also known as the 29er Skiff Squad, travelled to Coronado, California over Spring Break for the 2017 Midwinters West Regatta. These youth sailors represented Team ISV in their first major 29er regatta. The 29er is a double handed youth racing skiff that is one of the fastest and most sophisticated in the world. The St. Croix Youth Sailing Association (YSA) donated the use of these special skiffs and subsidizes, on an ongoing basis, the training of island youth sailors. The regatta included a total of 11 recorded races over three days with 51 skiffs (102 youth participants) performing under varying wind and weather conditions. Coach Tino Galan said "I am extremely pleased with the results for this team who has only been training in these new boats for 8 weeks…they have been working very, very hard and it showed". Results posted for skipper / crew: Taylor Hasson / Kate Klempen 20th, Lake Sanford / Steven Hardee 22nd, Dawson Kohl / Atlee Kohl 24th and Sarah Hardee / Lucy Klempen 28th. The group will now be training for 29er Nationals and Worlds events which take place over the summer in Long Beach, California.



Bill Chandler Memorial Regatta
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February 26th, 2017


The 5th annual Bill Chandler Regatta was held this weekend at the St. Croix Yacht Club. The Chandler family and the Yacht Club hosted this great event with racing over multiple sailboat classes including the Rhodes 19, 29er, 420, Sunfish and Opti. In the Opti Green fleet division, Rodney Moorhead earned 1st place followed by JJ Klempen in 2nd, Ryan Moorhead in 3rd. Other green fleet participants included: Elyssa Franklin, Logan Moran and Kimberly Thompson. In the Sunfish division, Sean Hiddleston took home 1st with Luca Bishop and Pierce Sanford finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. In the 420 division, Rider Odom & Zak Bozzo finished 1st, followed by Carson Oakley & Ariana Schwartz in 2nd and Shawn Low & Zach Herold in 3rd. In the 29er division, Atlee Kohl & Dawson Kohl finished 1st, followed by Lake Sanford & Steven Hardee in 2nd, Taylor Hasson & Kate Klempen in 3rd and Sarah Hardee and Lucy Klempen in 4th. In the Rhodes 19 division, Chris Stanton's 19ini finished 1st, followed by Beecher Higby's Ava 2nd, Morgan Dale's Rhode Runner 3rd, Doug DeRue's Barb, Jeff Dykstra's Chrys, Felice Quigley's all girl team on Puppy and Carl Becksted's Bluebell. A special thanks again to the loved Chandler family and their help in organizing this special regatta each year.



Crucian Open Regatta
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February 18th & 19th, 2017


The annual Crucian Open Regatta occurred this weekend at the St. Croix Yacht Club in Teague Bay, USVI. Fifty-five sailors from the USVI, BVI and Puerto Rico tested their skills at this Presidents Day weekend event. The regatta featured competition from two sailboat classes: Optimist and 29er. In addition to bragging rights, the optimist class was competing for spots at Opti North Americas and Opti Worlds. In the Advanced Opti Class, Milo Miller earned a hard fought 3rd place in blue fleet while Matthieu Dale earned one of the five qualifying spots for Opti North Americas. Other advanced fleet opti sailors participating in the event included: Lola Kohl and Carson Oakley. In green fleet, Ryan Moorehead in dominant fashion won 1st place while his brother Rodney earned 3rd, Ariana Schwartz 4th, Elyssa Franklin 5th and JJ Klempen 6th. Other green fleet opti sailors participating in the event included: Parker Younger, Alexandra Tonin, Sloan Wozniak, Brielle Schindler, Ava Marie Patalidis, Logan Moran, Emma Craft, Cole Summer, Kimberly Thompson, Brayden Gray, Helen Collins, Andrew Thompson and Mateo Melendez. New to the St. Croix Yacht Club, six 29er skiffs have only been on island for two months thanks to the efforts of the St. Croix Youth Sailing Association (YSA). In the 29er Class, sailors competed hard over ten races with Atlee Kohl & Dawson Kohl earning the 1st place victory while Taylor Hasson & Rider Odom tied with a St. Thomas team for 2nd.




The St. Croix Yacht Club has a junior sailing fleet unlike most other clubs in the world. Sailors have access to twenty-two Optimist Prams, Twelve Club 420s and Six 29er Skiffs at essentially no cost... unlike most clubs that require sailors to provide and maintain their own boats. Our fleet allows any young person the opportunity to sail regardless of financial means.

Our current fleet has served the youth of St. Croix well. Most boats are at least a decade old while some are more than two decades old. Although great care has been taken to maintain the fleet, fiberglass absorbs water and becomes soft overtime. The costs of repairs increase significantly as the boats show their age.

Our goal is to replace and upgrade the oldest boats with newer ones. In addition, we are seeking to add additional "29ers" to the fleet. The 29er Skiffs provide those with the highest level of sailing interest the ability to compete at the Youth World / Junior Olympic level.

Please help us 'Fund the Fleet' by donating to the 'St. Croix Youth Sailing Association' a 501(c)3 by Check or use the link below to donate using a credit card or paypal account:


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For More Information on the "Fund the Fleet" Campaign,
Please Visit the Following Website: http://www.fundthefleet.com



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