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Registration Open for 2024 STIR Event

ST. THOMAS — Registration is officially open for the 50th anniversary of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), to be held March 29-31, 2024, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

STIR is a sailing event that takes place in the U.S. Virgin Islands each year. It is a prominent and well-regarded regatta that attracts sailors and yachts from around the world. The event typically occurs over a few days and features a series of sailboat races in various classes.

First held in October 1974 and started by St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) organizers, the event is structured to attract top international sailors to race in ideal conditions. STIR continues to provide world-class racing with round-the-island and round-the-buoy courses.

The regatta features multiple sailboat classes, allowing a wide range of vessels to compete. These classes may include one-design boats, cruisers and racing boats of various sizes.

Sailors participate in a series of competitive races, with different courses and formats designed to test their sailing skills, navigation abilities and tactics. The regatta often includes races around buoys and some at longer distances.

The regatta attracts sailors and yachts from across the Caribbean, the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world. It has a diverse and international field of competitors.

In addition to the sailing competitions, the regatta typically includes social and cultural events. Participants and spectators can enjoy parties, award ceremonies and the vibrant local culture of St. Thomas.

Some regattas, including STIR, may have a charitable component, with proceeds from the event going to support local or international charities and causes.

Additionally, the Round the Rocks Race (RTR) on March 28, circumnavigates the neighboring island of St. John to provide a tune-up for STIR.

Meanwhile, 2024 will mark 60 years of existence for STYC, with its quintessential beachfront Caribbean vibe and organizers’ can-do attitude toward events.

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