mid-Winter Clinic/Regatta in paradise

Tune up your racing skills in time for summer

Mid-Winter Clinic & Regatta in Paradise


January 24-27, 2024

Join us for the Mid-Winter Clinic/Regatta at the St. Thomas Sailing Center in the US Virgin Islands.  The focus is on developing competitive speed on all points of sail.  We utilize specific drills to improve starting, boat handling and mark rounding techniques as well as tactical decision making.

Sign up individually or as a team! 

Maximum crew per team is four people. Please call us at 340-690-3681 if you have any questions.

Maximum number of teams is 10.

Clinic Curriculum

This Racing Clinic is designed to provide an intense and comprehensive learning experience. Teams will have the opportunity to focus on boat handling skills, boat-on-boat speed tuning, and strategy. Throughout both the clinic and regatta parts of the event, your coaches will provide suggestions and techniques that will help improve your racing success. 

Event Format

The event starts with a welcome party on Tuesday evening.   Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are all-day clinic days featuring classroom discussion, on-the-water drills, and practice races followed by video review and debrief. The regatta portion of the clinic will begin on Saturday with windward-leeward courses as well as a true Caribbean ’round-the-islands race. On Sunday, participants may have the opportunity to sail in the St. John Yacht Club’s Duke’s Trophy Race pending schedule finalizations. Clinic participants will have the opportunity to “hire” their coach to sail with them for the Duke’s Trophy Race. Sunday also will give participants the opportunity to explore the USVI’s beautiful beaches for snorkeling and relaxing on the IC-24s or Hobie Waves. 

STYC Membership

The Mid-Winter Clinic & Regatta is hosted at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, home of the St. Thomas International Regatta.  During your stay you will be a member of STYC and part of the sailing community on St. Thomas.  All club facilities, including tennis courts, bar, restaurant are available to you and your guests.

Lunches & Dinners

The Welcome Party on Tuesday night will have provided appetizers. Lunch and dinner will not be provided by the Clinic, but the STYC Galley will be open for lunch Monday-Sunday and dinner on Tuesday and Friday.


The IC-24 is a responsive and stable one-design boat conceived in St. Thomas for Caribbean sailing.  A modified J-24, the IC-24 has a large, open cockpit, and is both fun and comfortable to race.  It has a mainsail, jib and symmetrical spinnaker.

STYC Blue Water Membership Included

Individual Registration Fee: $800

Early Bird Registration Before October 1, 2023: $750 

Team Registration Fee: $3200

Early Bird Registration Before October 1, 2023: $3000

Or call to enroll today!

Teams & Fees

  • Team $3200 → Register before October 1, 2023 to secure Early Bird Pricing of $3000 per team!
  • Individual $800 → Register before October 1, 2023 to secure Early Bird Pricing of $750 per individual!

Four people maximum per team.

Skippers in need of crew and individuals interested in crewing, please contact us and we will help assemble teams.

To Sign Up

Sign up online above or call the Sailing Center at 340 690-3681.

Travel & Accommodations

Travel Planning

Plan your arrival for Tuesday, January 23, 2024.  The Clinic & Regatta concludes on Saturday evening. Access to the IC-24s (for skippers with crew) and Hobie Waves (for all participants) is included beginning January 17, 2024 for thirty days.

Red Hook is a 5-minute drive from STYC and offers fine dining as well as casual venues and a nice grocery store. Additional dining options are available at the resorts near the yacht club.


Nearby accommodations include luxury hotels, beach resorts, small inns, villa and condo rentals and Airbnb rooms.

The favored option for visiting sailors has been to rent a vacation condo on Cowpet Bay:  The Anchorage, The Elysian, Cowpet Bay West, and Cowpet Bay East are beachfront complexes a short walk from STYC. There are many 2 and 3 bedroom units offered on Airbnb, Vrbo, and Homeaway, search by map on Cowpet Bay on the east end of St. Thomas.

STSC maintains a list of our favorite condo and villa rentals, some of which you can book directly with owners and avoid extra fees, please email us at info@stthomassailingcenter.com for a copy. Call 340-690-3681 with any accommodation questions, we are happy to assist.

Additional nearby options: 

Bed & Breakfast: Two Sandals by the Sea
Owners: Jun and Helen
Email: info@twosandals.com
Website: twosandals.com

Hotel: Secret Harbour Beach Resort
Website: secretharbourvi.com

Hotel: Ritz Carlton Club – 2 and 3 bedroom luxury condominiums
Contact: Kurt Ginter
Email: kurt.ginter@ritzcarlton.com
Phone: 340-715-9042
Website: ritzcarltonclub.com

Hotel: The Ritz Carlton
Website: ritzcarlton.com



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