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Jamie Torres' Smile And Wave Rock The St. Thomas International Regatta

30 March 2014

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Top-quality competition, razor-close finishes and camaraderie that spanned decades for some and days for others proved that in spite of a new name, the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) has remained the 'Crown Jewel' of Caribbean yacht racing. Nowhere was this more apparent than on the third and final day of sailing. No one easily walked away with a win. Plus, the podium was filled with teams representing the Caribbean, U.S., and Europe.

The final 300 yards of the regatta's last race is where the winner was decided in the CSA – Racing 1 Class. "It was really hard for us to race the Melges 24," explains Puerto Rico's Jaime Torres, winner aboard his Melges 32, Smile and Wave. "We never saw the 24; it was an unknown target. "We just knew we had to race as fast as we could and it worked. Next year, we expect to have at least five Melges 32s here in the Caribbean and have our own one-design class."

Torres had other Melges 32 company to contend with, such as Sergio Sagramoso's Lazy Dog and Luis Juarbe's SOCA. Both equally turned on the charm this weekend to complete the ensemble of speed demons.

Congratulations to Jaime and his amazing team who was presented with an engraved crystal compliments of Little Switzerland.

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The St. Thomas International Regatta is sponsored by Captain Morgan and Heineken, distributed by Bellows International, Little Switzerland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.