The 36th Annual International Rolex Regatta Sets Sail

Department of Tourism to sponsor events and welcome sailing enthusiasts

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, March 11, 2009 – The Department of Tourism is pleased to be a sponsor of the 36th Annual Rolex Regatta, known as the “Crown Jewel of the Caribbean,” hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club from March 27-29, 2009.

This three-day event attracts spectators and competitors alike from near and far. While racers compete along the challenging courses throughout each day, onlookers can enjoy lunch and entertainment, including steel pan and reggae bands courtesy the St. Thomas Yacht Club. Every evening, racers can join their fans for nightly entertainment at the St. Thomas Yacht Club and Yacht Haven Grande. The festivities will culminate on March 29 at 7 p.m. with an awards ceremony, featuring prizes for the racing victors.

“We are thrilled to lend our support once again to the St. Thomas Yacht Club as they enter the final stretch of planning for this world-renowned Regatta,” said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “The U.S. Virgin Islands has a lot to offer the worldwide sailing community and we will continue to partner with our local Yacht Clubs to attract the best competitors and their fans to the Territory.”

The Department of Tourism has partnered with the St. Thomas Yacht Club to host a group of sailing and luxury lifestyle media during the Rolex Regatta. Journalists from publications including Sailing Scuttlebutt, 100 Thousand and BlackBook magazines will be in attendance to cover the race events and destination highlights.

Racers and interested spectators may visit www.rolexcupregatta.com or call (340) 775-6320 for more information or to view a full schedule of events. Photos and results from last year’s races are available at www.regattanews.com.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever.  As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.