The first week in December is now an anchor in the calendar for half a dozen intrepid sailors with dozens more already committed to the 2022 starting line. The Three Sheets Regatta aims at tying up all three U.S. Virgin Islands in a three-day event, two of which are dedicated to racing and one day to fun and relaxation.
The event consists of two legs: sailing Friday from St. John to St. Croix and sailing Sunday from St. Croix to St. Thomas. On Saturday, participants can go diving, golfing and hiking, or they can engage in countless other activities that St. Croix has to offer. This itinerary provides a deep blue water sailing adventure coupled with unique island adventures and experiences.
Below are the results of The Three Sheets Regatta 2021.
|4 Hours 52 Minutes||4 Hours 58 Minutes 24 Sec.||9 Hours 50 Minutes 24 Sec.|
Windsong, a 1983 50’ Morgan, was the overall winner with 9:50:24 best time. Skipper Frank Riggio learned of the regatta at the Coral Bay Yacht Club’s 40th Thanksgiving Regatta just the week before the event. The numbers speak for themselves. He reached the end of the first leg almost one hour before the next vessel. Congratulations to Windsong setting both the 2021 STJ/STT record at 4:52:00 and the 2021 Inaugural Three Sheets Regatta overall race record at 9:50:24.
Crew: Ron Ault, Sean Philip, Kim Alverez and Mike Sanchez.
- Nightwind II
Nightwind II – a 53’ Gallant vessel captained by St Thomas’ own Wes O’Dell, a lifetime sailor who can be seen on the current season of Bravo Series “Below Deck.” Wes, his crew and vessel finished second in the overall performance.
Crew: Ashley Harrell, Cloe Perkins, Walter Wilson and Marin Charles.
Euphoria Too, a 43’ Oyster vessel, was captained by Tim Lewis and first mate Mary Elkins, who travelled to the USVI unaware of the race. As soon as they heard about it, they signed up. This boat had two unregistered crew, and upon further extensive investigation by the race officials, they were deemed exempt from registration because Dexter was a dog and Jasper was a cat. They all were, of course, allowed to compete.
Crew: Mary Elkins, Jasper Meow and Dexter Woof.
Libra – a refitted 1969 57’ Bill Tripp custom ketch, won the second leg of the race. Captain Ryan Rayfield is best known for his offshore bluewater training program sailing all around the world teaching captains and crew long passages from the Caribbean to the Atlantic to the Mediterranean seas. We were blessed to have them join us in our inaugural event. We also thank the Libra crew for taking time for a beach cleanup on Saturday. Libra sets the 2021 STX/STT record at 4:50:51
Crew: Jim Nanney, Wayne Teas, Meghan Ferguson, BJ Ringuette, Sanne Klippel and Linda Rica.
- Even Keel
Even Keel – a Lagoon 37’, the only catamaran in the race, had a crew of two. Captain John Skelly reported that they enjoyed every minute and impressed the seasoned racing officials when they double reefed the mainsail at the sight of a squall while leaving the St. Croix starting line on Sunday morning.
Crew: Angela Gruber (the Admiral)
Moonshadow – a 39’ sloop hailed from St. Croix, received the Herculean Prize for the longest haul of any of the fleet. They sailed from St. Croix to St. John on Thursday, raced on Friday to St. Croix, Sunday to St. Thomas, then sailed back to St. Croix on Monday. Despite engine trouble on the first leg, Captain Chris Robb got back in the race and finished. Because of a technical TLE (Time Limit Expired) the race committee was forced to disqualify the Total Time ranking. Regardless of this, many thanks to Moonshadow, Chris and his crew for being part of the race; your perseverance was inspiring.
Crew: Dillon Collins, Luke Clark, Krissi Lund and Madeleine Guyant.
2022 Three Sheet Regatta
The next annual race will follow the same calendar format but will include onshore activities for both sailors and the public at the landing sites. It will be held on the first week of December with registration on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Coral Bay, St. John. The first leg from St. John to St. Croix is Friday, Dec. 2, with a final leg from St. Croix to the newly rebuilt Charlotte Amalie waterfront on St. Thomas on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2022.
All the boats in the inaugural 2021 race have been awarded their 2022 registration fee for their participation in this 2021 “dry run.” Registration and additional information will be available through the website ThreeSheetsVI.com starting on the second week of January 2022. Early registration is suggested and will help race officials define the various classes that will be utilized for our next event. A link to photos and video of the event will be found on the website and social media pages soon.