March 23-25, 2006March 23-25, 2006

MELGES 32 RECEIVES SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL ROLEX REGATTA

19 June 2006

19 JUNE 2006 • ST. THOMAS, USVI (June 19, 2006)--The 34th International Rolex Regatta, hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club, has been scheduled for Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25, 2007.

An annual favorite on the Caribbean racing calendar, the three-day event features handicap and one-design racing benefiting from professional race management, dependable trade winds and a varied and challenging schedule of races - including both windward-leeward and distance courses - on the sapphire-blue waters surrounding the archipelago of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Beachside social activities blend St. Thomas Yacht Club's island-style hospitality with the outstanding camaraderie and competition that hundreds of participants have come to expect each year.

“All sailors can count on cool breeze, warm water and a splash of rum,” said Regatta Co-Director John Sweeney. "Every year we have a well-rounded fleet, ranging from small cats to maxis, with sailors from all walks of life and levels of experience. For 2007, we're working to add the Melges 32s."

Yachts racing under the CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association Rating Rule, www.caribbean-sailing.com) will include Multihulls, CSA and One-Design classes of at least 24 feet as well as Beach Cats. Continuing over three decades of tradition, winners of qualifying classes will be awarded trophies for first through third places, and the winner of each class will take home a Rolex timepiece.

"Wearing a Rolex won at the International Rolex Regatta or another one of the prestigious Rolex regattas held worldwide is the mark of a champion," added Sweeney.

The International Rolex Regatta's 2007 organizational team will have at its core three coordinators. Bill Canfield, who coordinates operation and use of St. Thomas Yacht Club's facilities, will serve as Regatta Coordinator, while Sandy Symkens will join John Sweeney as a Regatta Co-Director.

Deadline for all entries will be Monday, March 19, 2007.

For information on the International Rolex Regatta, contact Bill Canfield at styc@vipowernet.net or 340-775-6320. The regatta web page is http://www.rolexcupregatta.com where further information and online-entry forms can be found.

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