News Registration Open for International Optimist Regatta, Clinic & Team Race, June 12-18, 2017

Registration Open for International Optimist Regatta, Clinic & Team Race, June 12-18, 2017


St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Registration is open now for the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by EMS (Electronic Merchant Systems) Virgin Islands at Set for June 16 to 18, this must-do regatta kicks off with the equally not-to-miss TOTE Maritime Clinic, June 12 to 14 and TOTE Maritime Team Race, June 15. This trio of events is globally known for instruction by some of the best Optimist coaches in the world for both Green and Advanced fleet sailors, an opportunity to team race and some of the best international competition in perfect Caribbean conditions – all in a one-week event.

"We are excited to announce that registration for 2017 IOR is officially open. We are expecting record numbers again this year and are ready to welcome everyone down to our tropical sailing paradise! Preparations have begun for what we hope will be another memorable regatta. Please be sure to register as soon as possible as this year we will close the registration at 125 sailors. We look forward to seeing everyone in June!" invites regatta director, Ann Nicolosi.

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

To register, visit: The Notice of Race is available at:

For charter boats, request and confirm online at Or, contact Pete Gregory, McLaughlin Boat Works, 1 (423) 875-0740, 1 (423) 875-4040 or Toll Free in the U.S. 1 (800) 784-6478; Email: Deadline to reserve charter boats is May 31, 2017.

For accommodations, call the Elysian (800-775-1000 ext. 568) or VP Rentals (800-788-4847). Rent condos or villas thorough Sea Glass Properties (340-774-5277), John Foster Real Estate (340-775-9500) or Curreri & Co. (340-776-9292).

For more information, call (340) 775-6320, Email:, or visit the host St. Thomas Yacht Club web site at Please also visit the International Optimist Regatta on Facebook!


Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS) Virgin Islands. EMS Virgin Islands offers an extensive suite of payment acceptance options through Electronic Merchant Systems, a proven leader of the industry. We work to give customers the opportunity to pay using their preferred method, including a feature rich, affordable POS system that includes EMV, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.  We're continually adding new solutions, allowing business owners to make their products or services available to the broadest audience possible. (340) 513-9759.

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. The U.S. Virgin Islands are located in the Eastern Caribbean 1,100 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, USA. Each of the three major islands–St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John–possesses a unique character of its own. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of watersports as well as immerse themselves in the territory’s rich culture by enjoying historical tours, culinary encounters, artisan fairs, parades, storytelling and other special presentations.

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