Small Manufacturers, Artisans Needed for Made in the USVI Pop Up Shop on St. Thomas, USVI

Licensed small manufacturers, artisans of USVI-Made Products
sought for “Made in the USVI” Pop Up Shop
Enterprise Zone Commission, Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
to reopen pop up store on St. Thomas in mid-April
The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority’s (VIEDA) Enterprise Zone Commission (EZC), in partnership with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources’ (VIDPNR) Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA), is seeking local, licensed small manufacturers and artisans in various industries to apply for the 2021 “Made in the USVI” Pop Up Shop on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  This shop will be open from April 19-30, 2021.
Local, licensed small manufacturers and artisans are encouraged to apply to be a vendor at the “Made in the USVI” Pop Shop on St. Thomas by, or prior to, 12PM on Friday, April 16, 2021.  Applications can be downloaded here on the VIEDA website.
The application fee is $50.  All small manufacturers who are eligible to participate as a vendor at this store on St. Thomas must
1.    submit a copy of their business license with their application, and
2.   have all products made in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
These products must also represent USVI culture or heritage and be appealing to customers.  A vendor spot(s) is only confirmed after the application and vendor fee have been submitted prior to the event.
Pop Up Stores are short-term stores temporarily established in an available space to allow customers to experience products of a business first-hand.  According to statistics from Pop Up Republic, a retail marketing database, the pop-up shop industry was valued at $50 billion in 2016. Pop Up stores allow businesses, including start–ups and online businesses, to connect and form relationships with potential customers while business owners “test the waters” of having a brick-and-mortar store.
The EZC, an entity of the VIEDA; and VICA are collaborating again in this initiative to assist local, licensed small manufacturers by increasing their opportunities for business exposure and growth in the USVI and outside of the Territory.
Both organizations jointly initiated the “Made in the USVI” Pop Up Shops in 2018 to assist small manufacturers with locally-made products. The EZC recently launched a “Made in the USVI” Pop Up Shop website in March 2021. Individuals can visit the website and shop for locally-made products atwww.madeintheusvi.com . This website is being federally-funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).
To be considered for the “Made in the USVI” Pop Up Shop, local, licensed small manufacturers and artisans must submit their application and business license to the EZC by email to ezc@usvieda.org; or to VICA by email to vicastt@yahoo.com or in person to the VICA office at 5070 Norre Gade, Ste. 1, St. Thomas, USVI 00802-6762.
For questions, contact Nadine Marchena Kean at 340-714-1700, ext. no. 1811.

Coral World April Update

APRIL UPDATE

OPEN ON FRIDAYS

By popular demand we are extending our hours of operation during the month of April.

Open 6 days a week (closed on Thursdays)
9:00AM-4:00PM
(ticket booth closes at 3:00PM)

BOOK NOW

Updated Activity Schedule

Dolphin Splash    9:00am, 11:15am & 1:45pm

Dolphin Moment:    9:00am & 1:45pm

Dolphin Trek:    10:00am

Dolphin Kayak:    12:30pm

Sea Lion Swim:    9:30am, 12:30pm & 2:00pm

Sea Lion Encounter: 10:45am  & 3:00pm

Shark Encounter    10:00am, 10:45am, 2:00pm & 2:45pm

Snuba:    9:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm &  2:30pm

Sea Trek:    9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm,  2:00pm & 3:00pm

FEATURED ACTIVITY
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SEA LION SWIMS AND ENCOUNTERS

Get to Know Our Lovable South American Sea Lions

Get up-close and personal with our lovable South American sea lions in unique interactive experiences on land and in the water. Have a ton of fun swimming alongside friendly sea lions as you touch their soft skin, gaze into their eyes, connect with these amazing creatures, and play.

  • Meet your sea lion friend on dry land or in the water.
  • Offer hand signals, touch, feed, play with and swim with sea lions during these unforgettable experiences.
  • Our unscripted programs are designed to be both personal and always unique.
  • Learn how we care for these amazing animals and how you can help protect them in the wild.
  • Personalized photos of your experience will be available for purchase after your program.
  • Your participation in this program helps Coral World Ocean Park support critical marine life conservation efforts
NATIONAL DOLPHIN DAY
APRIL 14, 2021
Meet our family of coastal Atlantic bottlenose dolphins: Noelani, Liko, Sonny, Ping.
They have adapted beautifully to their new home in the Coral World Sea Sanctuary.Liko is often spotted exploring, chasing crabs and finding all sorts of little creatures in the sand – He is super curious and is usually the first one to welcome visitors as they walk by.

Noelani is very vocal and loves “chatting” with her Animal Welfare Specialists – she is the youngest of the family and just the cutest thing, although the visiting tarpons that make their way into the habitat may not think so, as she chases them about.

Sonny loves his toys!! From the hula hoops and buoys to pool noodles, but his favorites are his various sports-balls . He also enjoys a little fishy snack that may swim by every once in while.  The “buffet” is always open.

Finally the majestic Ping – she is the biggest and likely the most beautiful coastal Atlantic bottlenose dolphin you have ever seen. She is very playful, with her favorite toy being a large floating ring. She is also the matriarch and keeps the rest of her pod in line, including her care takers :-).

EARTH DAY
APRIL 22, 2021
WE CELEBRATE EARTH DAY EVERY DAY
YOU CAN TOO

Make Every Day Earth Day!
 Bring re-usable canvas bags when grocery or clothes shopping. Say no to plastic bags.
 Always take away all of your trash from the beach.
 Unplug your chargers when you’re finished with them.    Leaving them plugged in is a big energy waster.
 Buy re-usable cups/bottles/containers for your food and beverage needs.
 Donate or recycle any unwanted furniture or electronics.
 ALWAYS reduce, re-use and recycle!
 Use Coral Safe Sunscreen at the beach
VISIT OUR GIFT SHOP TO STOCK UP ON REUSABLE CUPS AND STRAWS
WORLD VETERINARY DAY
APRIL 24, 2021
Help us celebrate and show our appreciation for the amazing and dedicated Veterinarian and Veterinarian Techs that care for our resident animals and the countless rescues they rehabilitate all year round.Coral World has been rehabilitating local wildlife since its opening. As our facility has grown, so has our rehabilitation programs and capabilities.  Decades of research and experience with both marine and terrestrial animal rehabilitation have also enhanced our capabilities to help hundreds of injured and stranded animals.

Our rehabilitation team is comprised of on-staff exotic animal veterinarian, veterinary technician, biologists, and marine animal experts.  We also have built professional connections with several facilities throughout the US which broadens our access to experts in different species.  This allows us to care for a large variety of wildlife and ensure that each case receives the best possible care, and the highest level of success to be re-introduced to the wild.

Animals in rehabilitation are overseen directly from day to day by our veterinary technician who provides their daily care, therapy, and nutritional requirements.  When needed, outside diagnostics are performed with local veterinarians, as well as local physicians!

Our veterinary technician also functions as our animal emergency response and responds to reports of injured, sick or stranded wildlife all over the island.  We have also assisted animals on other islands as well, including the British Virgin Islands.

Coral World is deeply committed to the conservation of our marine and terrestrial animals in any way possible.  Both short and long-term rehabilitation is expensive, time-consuming, and often exhausting.  Our rehabilitation team as well as our park spare nothing to ensure the health and success of our rehabilitation animals.

COVID 19 Safety and Guidelines
At Coral World Ocean Park, our animals, team members, and guests are our top priorities. We are committed to providing a safe environment for the community.

As we continue to welcome visitors back, we are closely monitoring news and information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to maintaining the highest health and safety practices, we have increased sanitation and disinfecting routines with extra focus on high touch and high traffic areas.  We benefit from large open-air spaces and have adjusted our operation to allow for proper social distancing (6ft apart).  We will continue to implement preventive measures in line with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.  We are adjusting our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities as the situation develops.

WHAT CORAL WORLD IS DOING TO KEEP YOU SAFE

• General Admission and Activities capacity are limited to provide for physical distancing.
• Prior to entering the park, you will be required to answer a few questions and sign a COVID-19 Assumption of Risk /Waiver of Liability.
• Where minors are permitted to participate in an activity without an accompanying parent; A parent or guardian must be present to sign liability waivers.
• Reservations are encouraged to help manage capacity limits and minimize touchpoints at the entrance.
• All park staff members are required to wear face covering while working.
• All Coral World guests are required to wear masks per local government mandate. (Exempt: Children under 3 and persons with breathing difficulties)
• Hand sanitizer stations can be found at entries, exits, restrooms, and other locations in the park.
• The Park maintains its high standards of cleanliness and all high-touch surfaces like exhibit windows, railings, and restrooms are cleaned regularly.

 

USVI Small Business Resources April 2021

Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed
BIZBUZZ
The VI SBDC wants to let our community know that we are available to assist local businesses in the Virgin Islands.
St. Thomas/St. John call 340-693-1694
St. Croix call 340-692-4294
email us: info@visbdc.org
UPCOMING WEBINARS
VI SBDC Webinar Series
Article of Interest
Leadership During a Crisis: 3 Tips for Managing Change
Covid-19 Funding Applications
Paycheck Protection Program
Revised January 8, 2021
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Shuttered Venue Operations Grant
USVI Small Business Hub
Startup Space
Get access to the new USVI Entrepreneurship app. In need of local agencies and their resources to start or carry out your small business operations? Look no further. It’s all here at the touch of a finger.
SBA Federal Financial Assistance
USVI Covid-19 Assistance
St. Croix/St. Thomas/St. John
All VI SBDC In-Person events have been postponed until further notice. Please follow us on Facebook for updates on future events.
VI SBDC Partners
VI Small Business Development Center
No. 2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 00802
Tel: (340) 693-1694
VI Small Business Development Center
6300 Estate Peter’s Rest, Suite 4
St. Croix, VI 00820
Tel: (340) 692-4294

 

FOX, Wild T’ing, Bill T, Mark – Win Classes at the 2021 St. Thomas International Regatta

The combination of perfect conditions with 15- to 20 knots of breeze out of the east, keen competition and professionally set racecourses made the 2021 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), sailed March 26-28, a winner. In the end, and after six round-the-islands races over three days, San Diego, CA’s Victor Wild’s Botin 52, FOX, won the CSA Spinnaker Racing Class and St. Thomas, USVI’s Lawrence Aqui’s Dufour 40, topped the CSA Non-Spinnaker Racing Class. Following 15 sprint-style windward-leeward races also in a trio of days, St. Thomas, USVI’s Chris Rosenberg led the One-Design IC24 Class. Finally, it was St. Thomas, USVI’s Mark van den Driessche, who after two days and 16 races scored the win in the One-Design Hobie Wave Class. Each class winner received a famous, special edition, island timepiece from Cardow Jewlers.

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s St. Thomas International Regatta and kudos to the St. Thomas Yacht Club for executing a successful and safe event. The St. Thomas International Regatta was the only major regatta in the Caribbean that wasn’t canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a testament to the insightful leadership and smart policies enacted by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands to ensure we can offer fun events and engaging experiences while keeping our residents and visitors safe. We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the amazing marine schedule of events being rolled out throughout the remainder of the year,” says Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte.

Secrets to Class Success

Thirty-three boats with crews representing all three USVI, the Caribbean, USA and Australia competed in four classes

“It has been fantastic to race against such dedicated sailors in our first international regatta with our newest boat, FOX,” says Wild. “STIR is the most incredible sailing we have ever experienced, and we look forward to returning in 2022!”

St. Thomas’ Peter Corr and his crew on the King 40, Blitz, finished second, while St. Croix’s Chris Stanton helmed the Melges 24, Brew STX Crew, to third in the CSA Spinnaker Racing Class.

In CSA Non-Spinnaker Racing, it was organization and a crew familiar with the boat that led to Aqui’s Wild T’ing’s triumph.

“Three of our crew have sailed with me for over a decade and the others for 4 to 5 years. That’s what helped it all come together for us this year. We’ve been second or third in the past, but this year is a first for a first,” says Aqui, who added that it was the strong breeze and round island courses he enjoyed best.

Puerto Rico’s Fernando Montilla’s Tartan 10, Timon 2, placed second in CSA Non-Spinnaker Racing, with fellow islander Jose Teixidor’s Hanse 455, Portomar, in third.

The 14-boat IC24 Class proved the most competitive with it being nearly anyone’s win going into the last day of racing. In the end, Rosenberg, who served as tactician, with St. Thomas’ two-time Olympic sailor Cy Thompson on the helm, and experienced St. Thomas sailor Addison Caproni on the bow, won the class on Bill T.

“The first day for us was a learning curve, then on day two and three we honed in on what was working. It takes two sails to win, and Addison trimmed the jib perfectly. Cy was spot on with every start within a half a boat length of the line. It takes three to win and that’s what we worked hard to accomplish,” says Rosenberg.

In the Hobie Wave Class, the first and second place sailors were respectively father and son, St. Thomas’ Mark and Julian van den Driessche.

“Consistency paid off,” says the senior van den Driessche. “It was really important not to take any big scores because the racing was so close. Usually, when we sail in the Thursday night Hobie races, it’s my son Julian who beats me.”

STIR 2021 concluded on Sunday with two awards ceremonies to keep crowds low as part of overall COVID protocols. Awards emcee, St. Thomas’ Pat Bailey, received the Commodore’s Trophy for his many years of dedication to Virgin Islands sailing.

COVID-Safe Top of Mind

Social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand sanitization stations are among COVID-19 protocols in place for STIR 2021. On the water, crews in boats such as the one-design IC24 were limited to three this year, and bigger boat classes have remained in social bubbles throughout the regatta. Onshore, there have been staggered class finishes and staggered Happy Hours daily.

Strong Sponsor Support

The regatta host St. Thomas Yacht Club and STIR organizers thank the USVI Department of Tourism; Michelob Ultra, Stoli, Bacardi, and Milagro distributed by West Indies Company; Cardow Jewelers; and The Moorings for strong sponsor support.

Results for STIR are available at: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=14270 Check out the STIR Facebook page for regatta photos www.facebook.com/stirvi

For more information about sailing and upcoming events, call (340) 690-3681, Email: dave@stthomassailingcenter.com, visit stthomasinternationalregatta.com

USVI Watershed Management Plan Town Hall Announcement

The USVI community is invited to participate in a series of Virtual Town Hall meetings that are being held territory-wide.  The Town Hall meetings will provide individuals and businesses with an opportunity to weigh in on the discussion regarding the impacts of stormwater runoff and flooding in our communities. The USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has obtained funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to assess eight (8) high priority watersheds of concern. On St. Thomas, the specific watersheds that we will be looking at include the Bolongo, Charlotte Amalie and the Airport watersheds. On St. Croix, these include the Salt River Bay, Hovensa, Bethlehem, Diamond and Long Point Bay watersheds. The watersheds of focus encompass areas with critical infrastructure including the airport and major roadways; commercial, government and residential investments; and agricultural activity.

The insight and recommendations obtained from these discussions will be used to identify watershed-specific issues, identify attainable solutions to reduce water quality degradation, improve flood resiliency, and develop comprehensive Watershed Management Plans. The Watershed Management Plans will be used to inform local agencies and institutions regarding site-specific options for flood reduction and water quality improvement.

The watersheds were selected as high priority based on their importance to Virgin Islanders as places where structural and natural assets have been affected by changes to land cover and associated flooding risks.  DPNR has engaged the services of Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC in the assessment and creation of the Watershed Management Plans.

The meetings are open to the public and will be held electronically via Zoom. To request access to this electronic meeting, please register at the links below prior to the meeting and connection information will be provided to you by email. If you would like to watch the proceedings, but not participate, you can connect to the project’s Facebook here. The livestream of the meetings will begin a few minutes prior to scheduled times.

Visit project website.

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Two New Hi-Definition Live Streaming Cameras Added to VisitStCroix.com YouTube Channel! Both New Locations Are At Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina. Total of 13 Cams Now Showcasing The Beauty of St. Croix Live 24/7 throughout the World.

VisitStCroix.com , serving the island since the dawn of the internet in 1999, is pleased to announce the addition of two new hi-resolution video streaming cameras, broadcasting live video 24 hours/day, 7 days per week through the VisitStCroix.com YouTube Channel.

Both new cameras are located at the Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa and Marina. The two new cameras are equipped with the latest state-of -the art technology and streaming video with live motion rotating pan and zoom views.  These two cameras will join a network that already is receiving a record number of views. The channel received over twice the views for the past 28 days vs. the same period in 2020– 318,000 vs. 155,000.The Channel now has close to 10,000 regular subscribers.

The two new Tamarind Reef cameras can be viewed HERE for the Tamarind Reef Beach view and HERE for the Green Cay Marina view.

“We believe that the recently increased viewership is attributable not only to increased seasonal demand but also due to folks with an interest in St Croix such as frequent or past visitors, off island property owners, business people, those with relatives and friends now living in St.Croix wanting to view the island plus thousands of people looking to get away as soon as they feel comfortable”, states Founder and President of VisitTheVI.com, parent of VisitStCroix.com . He continues, “ As the health situation improves, we should see more and more people utilizing the VisitStCroix.com cameras to scout St. Croix as a possible travel destination.”

All 13 cameras can be accessed on the main page of VisitStCroix.com  as well as through the VisitStCroix.com YouTube Channel .

Performance and related benefit to St. Croix from the live views since inception of the network has been nothing short of astounding. Total views for all cameras in 2020 was 2.2 million views, which was double the 2019 views and we are projecting over 3.5 million views for 2021.

Yaegel further adds, “Additional camera locations and sponsors are welcome. Sponsorship of a hi res camera installation on your property with access through VisitStCroix.com and its YouTube Channel is minimal compared to the benefit. Every hotel, eatery, water sports operator and others with an important St Croix view is welcome to join, participate and exhibit their property or business.” He adds, “the more cameras, the more we can showcase live the beauty and appeal of St. Croix and show the world that we will continue to be an attractive destination for visitors”. For complete info just email tom@visitstcroix.com.

Cardow Jewelers Sponsors Prized Timepieces for Class Winners at the 2021 St. Thomas International Regatta

Perfect timing, like precision tacks and gybes, can mean the difference between a podium finish or last place in the sport of yacht racing. Therefore, organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 26 to 28, 2021, are pleased to welcome Cardow Jewelers aboard as sponsor of the prized timepieces that will be awarded to class winners.

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“We are proud to see the Crown Jewel of Caribbean yacht racing carry on despite the challenges of 2020-2021. It is a fantastic event. Cardow Jewelers continues its tradition of supporting the yacht racing world as it has for decades and again this year with the St. Thomas International Regatta,” says Carolina de Lyrot, Cardow’s marketing manager.

Cardow Jewelers is sponsoring its famous island watches for class winners. The blue and gold Pilot timepieces are the jewelers most popular sailors’ watches, with easy to wear blue silicone bands, a gold case and the three largest U.S. Virgin Islands prominently featured in gold. All the island watches are individually numbered, special edition watches, water-resistant up to 200M, and come with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass so winners can sail in style.

Cardow Jewelers, which is located on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, is the longest single family-run jeweler in the Caribbean, opened in 1954, and today widely recognized as the flagship jeweler of the Virgin Islands. Branch stores are located at the Crown Bay Marina and the Cyril E. King Airport, both on St. Thomas.

Who’s Racing

Thirty-five yachts are registered for STIR 2021, with more expected to enter. Classes are CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Racing and Non-Spinnaker and One-Design IC24 and Hobie Wave.

Portomar, a 2018-built, Hanse 455 is one of the entrants in the CSA Non-Spinnaker class.

“The crew is composed by myself, my father who is Juan Teixidor, my brother, and 2 crew members who have sailed with my father many times around the Caribbean including the STIR long ago. They have won this event 3 times with Cachondo from Puerto Rico,” says Antonio Teixidor. “It’s been a year since we have sailed Portomar and we can’t wait to race and sail again. The USVI in general is a great place to sail because of the great climate and people.”

The IC24 Class is shaping up to be the largest in the regatta with 16 entrants. One of these is Huron Girl, skippered by St. Thomas’ John Foster, Sr. Foster is a founding member and past Commodore of the STYC, a five-time Olympic sailor in the Star Class and raced in STIR many times.

“As this will be the only major regatta sailed in the Caribbean this year, it will be a great opportunity to reunite and compete with our many sailing friends and enjoy the camaraderie and reignite the excitement we have missed throughout COVID,” says Foster. “What I enjoy about sailing from the St. Thomas Yacht Club is the island backdrop and the multiple choices of racecourses within easy sailing distance.”

Eight boats are set to race in the Hobie Wave class.

“The good courses and attentive race committee make for a quality regatta where racing and the competition with top-quality sailors is the focus,” says St. Thomas’ Kyrre Culver. “I also like the zen of the solo sailing experience and the Hobie Waves are a fun, simple boat.”

COVID-Safe Top of Mind

Sound COVID-19 protocols implemented by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands have kept infection rates low. Key among these is that every traveller, age 5 and older, entering the territory by air or sea, is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and submit a COVID-19 test result before travel. https://usvitravelportal.com/ On arrival, social distancing is the rule and, in most businesses, ‘No Mask, No Service’ is in force.

At STIR, social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand sanitization stations are among COVID-19 protocols. On the water, crews in boats such as the one-design IC24 are limited to three this year, and bigger boat classes will remain in social bubbles throughout the regatta. Onshore, there will be staggered class finishes and Happy Hours daily. There will be two awards ceremonies on March 28: 4 pm for IC24s and Hobie Waves, 5 p.m. CSA Racing and Cruising boats.

“To keep attendance at the Club under 100, according to COVID protocols, we invite our sailors to visit island restaurants for dinner. To make it easier, we will have a free to sailor’s safari taxi van shuttle that will run between the Club and Red Hook between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on March 25, March 26, and March 28,” says regatta director, Dave Franzel.

Strong Sponsor Support

The STYC and STIR organizers thank the USVI Department of Tourism; Michelob Ultra, Stoli, Bacardi, and Milagro distributed by West Indies Company; Cardow Jewelers; the Moorings; and other businesses in the community.

How to enter

For more information, call (340) 690-3681, Email: dave@stthomassailingcenter.com For more information, visit stthomasinternationalregatta.com For the Notice of Race (NOR) and to register, visit yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14270 STIR is also on Facebook!

Michelob Ultra, Bacardi Rum, Stoli & Milagro, distributed by West Indies Company, official Spirits of the 2021 St. Thomas International Regatta

Hot competition on the seas and premium-brand cold drinks onshore are what sailors can expect at the 5th Round the Rocks Race (RTR) on March 25 and the 47th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), March 26 to 28. Regatta organizers are pleased to announce that Michelob Ultra, Stoli, Milagro and Bacardi Rum are the event’s official beer and spirits. These beverages will be served according to COVID-19 safety protocols at set- and staggered-time, socially distanced Happy Hours each afternoon, as well as on the menu at the host St. Thomas Yacht Club throughout both regattas. Michelob Ultra will also provide coveted skippers and prize bags. Plus, all these brands are readily available to order at local St. Thomas restaurants each night after racing. Several will also offer Michelob Ultra on special as timed with college basketball playoffs.

“Local businesses such as our good friends at West Indies Company, and especially the premium brands it distributes, have stepped up to support our regattas despite these incredibly difficult times,” says regatta director, Dave Franzel. “It’s fantastic to have such great support from the community. We want to show our support too by encouraging our sailors, their family and friends to visit local restaurants each night for dinner and order these brands when they do. This helps us adhere to COVID-19 protocols by keeping attendance under 100 at the Club. To make it easier, we’ll have a free to sailors safari taxi van shuttle that will run between the Club and Red Hook between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. from March 25 to March 28.”

A favorite of athletes in many sports, Michelob Ultra is recognized for its full-flavor, low-calorie, low-carb brew that won’t weigh sailors down as they sail up the course. Stoli and Milagro are both known for their ‘tradition meets modern’ appeal, something STIR is equally famous as this favorite Caribbean regatta approaches the half-century mark. Finally, what’s a Caribbean regatta without rum? Bacardi, known for its tagline, ‘Do What Moves You’, is sure to keep sailors moving on the racecourse and competition extremely tight.

“West Indies Company is excited to be a part of STIR 2021,” says Keiya Canton-Brooks, Marketing Director. “Our company came on board as a sponsor in 2019 because we wanted to be associated with one of the premier sailing events in the Caribbean. We believe soon that the St. Thomas International Regatta will be bigger and better than ever!”

Botin 52, Fox, under sail. Credit: Felipe Juncadella/©uptopmedia

Who’s Racing

Over 30 yachts are registered for STIR 2021, with more expected to enter. Classes include CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Racing, CSA Non-Spinnaker, One-Design IC24 and One-Design Hobie Wave.

The big boat CSA Racing Class entries include Fox, a Botin 52 owned by the USA’s Victor Wild, a member of the New York Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

“FOX was built in 2020,” says Keiran Searle, team manager. “We are a multi-national crew who love to sail! “We have been lucky enough to sail regularly during COVID with our own team safety and COVID policies. We take the team’s health very seriously.

It will be our first trip to the Caribbean with FOX, we are excited to enjoy the sailing.”

The Stanton brothers from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, have entered a Melges 24, Devil, in the CSA Spinnaker Racing Class and have chartered the IC-24, Red Dog, from the St. Thomas Sailing Center to compete in that class too.

“The Melges 24 we’ll be sailing is owned by the St. Croix Yacht Club’s Past Commodore Morgan Dale. Morgan won’t be sailing with us, but his son Mathieu will race as the jib trimmer and helping with tactics,” says Peter Stanton. “We have sailors from St. John, St. Croix and Puerto Rico coming over to crew both boats, with my brother Scott skippering the IC24, Chris the Melges and myself. We look forward to the challenge of sailing in less familiar waters. The whole adventure of traveling to a different island as a team will be a breath of fresh air.”

Nearly 20 one-design IC24s will be on the start line for STIR. One of those is Voila, a St. Thomas Sailing Center charter with an experienced crew from Puerto Rico aboard.

“Enrique ‘Keki’ Figueroa is the star on our helm,” says Gregory Fink, Voila crew. “Keki won STIR on a Hobie 16 in 2001 and 2002 and made several attempts to win again on his J24 Exodus and more recently an IC24. Jose ‘Chepo’ Perez crewed for Keki on the Hobie 16 for two CAC (Central American and Caribbean) Games campaigns and has been the jib trimmer on the IC24. If Keki is the star, Chepo is the comic relief. He’s always joking, keeping the tension down, always to restart and ready to win. I’ll be on the foredeck. I love sailing archipelagos! The sea-land interactions make for great and varied wind and water conditions.”

STIR’s other one-design class is an 8-boat fleet of 16-foot, single-handed Hobie Waves.

“I am looking forward to going back to my home paradise and sailing on the beautiful waters with great competitors,” says Michael Compton, an accomplished boardsailor who has competed in several continental and world championships. “It’s going to be more of a fun experience for me because I have not crossed a start line in 14 years, so I’m not the most serious competitor out there. Just the opposite of my brother, Marcus Compton, who won the Hobie Wave class in the 2020 STYC Invitational last June. I am truly so excited for the regatta to begin and to see what the future is STIRring up for me!”

COVID-Safe Top of Mind

Sound COVID-19 protocols implemented by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands have kept infection rates low. Key among these is that every traveler, age 5 and older, entering the territory by air or sea, is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and submit a COVID-19 test result before travel. https://usvitravelportal.com/ On arrival, social distancing is the rule and, in most businesses, ‘No Mask, No Service’ is in force.

At STIR, social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand sanitization stations are among COVID-19 protocols. On the water, crews in boats such as the one-design IC24 are limited to three this year, and bigger boat classes will remain in social bubbles throughout the regatta. Onshore, there will be staggered class finishes and Happy Hours daily. There will be two awards ceremonies on March 28: 4 pm for IC24s and Hobie Waves, 5 p.m. CSA Racing and Cruising boats.

Strong Sponsor Support

The STYC and STIR organizers thank the USVI Department of Tourism; Michelob Ultra, Stoli, Bacardi, and Milagro distributed by West Indies Company; Cardow Jewelers, and other sponsors organizers look forward to announcing shortly.

How to enter

For more information, call (340) 690-3681, Email: dave@stthomassailingcenter.com For more information, visit stthomasinternationalregatta.com For the Notice of Race (NOR) and to register, visit yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14270 STIR is also on Facebook!

New Board Officers Elected at Annual Board Meeting

Please join us in welcoming our

New MBW Board of Director Officers

Top Left: Ty Troutman – Board President
Top Right: Tiia Fraebel – Board Vice President
Bottom Left: Kirk Callwood – Board Treasurer
Bottom Right: Anne Hemmert – Board Secretary
At the annual My Brother’s Workshop meeting held in February, longtime MBW supporter, Ty Troutman of Bechtel, was elected President of MBW’s Board of Directors. Ty will replace Lisa Hamilton, who served as MBW Board President for 2 years and also held the position as secretary. Lisa has served on the MBW Board since 2014.

“It’s been an honor to serve on My Brother’s Workshop’s Executive Committee since 2016 and its board since 2012. It’s been a pleasure to further the mission of such a dynamic organization, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to MBW’s growth and development as a board member. MBW has expanded from a single construction training site on St. Thomas to adding a café, an educational/counseling center, marine training, the St. Croix workshop and new programs which will launch this year. The executive committee will benefit from the leadership of Ty Troutman, who I’m confident will bring a breath of fresh air to the organization.” – Lisa Hamilton, MBW Board Member

“I am incredibly honored by the opportunity to lead MBW as we continue to expand and impact more and more lives in the Virgin Islands. As a long time supporter, I know that our program is not only an asset to the community, but essential. I look forward to serving as Board President and working with my fellow board members to further the mission of this wonderful organization.” -Ty Troutman, MBW Board President

Also new to the Board of Directors Officers is Board Vice President, Tiia Fraebel. Tiia has served on the MBW Board of Directors for 2 years. “MBW has experienced immense growth over the past few years, helping numerous young men and women within our community. I am excited for the organization’s future plans to start to unfold and for even more opportunities to arise. It is a pleasure to serve as Vice President of the board with an organization that is such an asset to the USVI.”  -Tiia Faebel, MBW Board Vice President 

MBW Treasurer, Kirk Callwood and Secretary, Anne Hemmert have been re-elected for another term.

Douglas Brady, Michael DeLugo, Christopher Finch, Clifford Graham, Lisa Hamilton, Allison O’Boyle, Kurt Petri and Jeff Neevel will serve as board members for another term. Board members (MBW’s volunteer leaders) meet regularly with the budget and officers determined at the annual meeting and other business matters discussed throughout the year. Members of the board of directors are elected to serve two-year terms with the officers being elected annually at the annual meeting.

“I would like to thank each board member for everything they do for MBW and our community. This volunteer leadership position is not taken lightly by any of our board members and their dedication to the organization is greatly appreciated.” –Jenny Hawkes, MBW Executive Director

USVI Small Business Resources March

Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed
The VI SBDC wants to let our community know that we are available to assist local businesses in the Virgin Islands.
St. Thomas/St. John call 340-693-1694
St. Croix call 340-692-4294
email us: info@visbdc.org
UPCOMING WEBINARS
VI SBDC Webinar Series
Covid-19 Funding Applications
Paycheck Protection Program
Revised January 8, 2021
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Shuttered Venue Operations Grant
USVI Small Business Hub
Startup Space
Get access to the new USVI Entrepreneurship app. In need of local agencies and their resources to start or carry out your small business operations? Look no further. It’s all here at the touch of a finger.
SBA Federal Financial Assistance
USVI Covid-19 Assistance
St. Croix/St. Thomas/St. John
All VI SBDC In-Person events have been postponed until further notice. Please follow us on Facebook for updates on future events.
VI SBDC Partners
VI Small Business Development Center
8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 00802
Tel: (340) 693-1694
VI Small Business Development Center
6300 Estate Peter’s Rest, Suite 4
St. Croix, VI 00820
Tel: (340) 692-4294