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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, February 23, 2024


Hampton University, the historically black college, will be sending their sailing team to practice and train in the Virgin Islands.
Michael Bornn, president of the Virgin Islands America's Cup Challenge, announced this week that the six member team, made up of five women and one man, will be in the Virgin Islands March 1 through March 5.
During their week of training and practice the team will be sailing out of the St. Croix Yacht Club.
The secondary purpose of the visit, sponsored in part by the V.I. America's Cup Challenge, is to promote sailing locally on both a high school and collegiate level.
Shauna Richards, spokesperson for the event in St. Croix, said the Virgin Islands has the best practice field for this sport. She also noted the exposure to sailing, brought by having the team here, could only help the sport locally by inspiring young people in the V.I. to try sailing.
Bornn pointed out that Governor Turnbull and retired Judge Eileen R. Petersen are both Hampton alumni, along with several other local luminaries.
Petersen said she and the governor were classmates at Hampton, both attending the University as recipients of Ford Foundation scholarships.

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