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International Optimist Regatta St.Thomas

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St Thomas International Opti Regatta 2017
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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December 9, 2016
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The opportunity to learn, race and play with some of the best in the sport are qualities that make the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by EMS (Electronic Merchant Systems) Virgin Islands, a ‘must-do’ event for Optimist sailors and their families each year. This trio of events, which attracts 8- to 15-year-old junior sailors, will be hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club from June 12 to 18, 2017.
“On behalf of the Virgin Island Sailing Association (VISA) and the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC), we are pleased to announce the 25th Anniversary of the International Optimist Regatta,” says regatta director, Ann Nicolosi. “This event has attracted top sailors from many countries and serves as a wonderful venue for competitive racing among this youth class. In addition to the regatta, many of the competitors and their families come from outside of the territory and are our island guests for a week, supporting the local hotels, restaurants, and St. Thomas community,”. 
Registration will open on January 15, 2017 at
Over 100 junior sailors are expected to attend this VISA-hosted and Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned regatta.
“EMS Virgin Islands is pleased to sponsor the IOR for a second year,” says Cobia Fagan, owner, EMS Virgin Islands. “This regatta is a great way to showcase our local young sailors and gives us the opportunity to host sailors from many other countries. Our hope is to get more youth involved in the sport on a local level and foster their love for sailing and the water.”
The IOR is sponsored by EMS Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and K3 Waterproof Gear.
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, for the Notice of Regatta, Registration Forms, information on hotel discounts and other information, visit the St. Thomas Yacht Club web site at or
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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