St. Thomas Yacht Club
The St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) was organized in 1964 by racing sailors and it has a rich history of promoting quality racing for both big- and small-boat sailors. In its early years the Yacht Club sponsored the Caribbean Midwinter Regatta, the first-ever Sunfish World Championship.
In 1964, yachtsman Rudy Thompson applied for admission into Olympic competition; the U.S. Virgin Islands was subsequently accepted as an Olympic nation. Two years later, Thompson and John Hamber won a Silver medal in the Flying Dutchman class at the Caribbean and Central American Games. The next year, the Virgin Islands entered its first Olympic Sailing Team in the Olympics in Mexico. Rudy and John raced in the Flying Dutchman, Per Dohm in the Finn.
In 1988, Peter Holmberg added to the history books by bringing glory home to the Virgin Islands with a Silver medal in the Finn Class. In 2000 he entered the America’s Cup domain, leading his own America’s Cup campaign for the Virgin Islands, and for the 2003 America’s Cup, he was helmsman for Larry Ellison’s Oracle BMW Racing campaign. Holmberg is currently a member of Team Alinghi, the America’s Cup defender for the 2007 America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain.
Since 2000 our junior sailing program has developed into one of the best in the US. Our young sailors have won 6 high school national championships and have contributed to numerous college programs. This year alone 12 of our members are sailing on ranked college teams. A few years ago Ian Barrows won a gold medal at the first IOC Youth Olympics. This past year, Taylor Canfield was ranked as the #1 match racer in the world by ISAF and also was the youngest to win the World Championship in match racing.
St. Thomas Sailing Center
St. Thomas Yacht Club is introducing a unique concept of sailing instruction, boat access and racing through the opening of the St. Thomas Sailing Center. Now, sailors from the Virgin Islands and around the world – from beginners to seasoned racers– can enjoy greater access to boats, programs and sailing waters than they might typically expect in a private Caribbean yacht club setting.
This program allows you to sail whenever you want, or race on a regular basis without the need to own a boat. Become part of a comunity of like minded people who share a passion for sailing.
Join the St. Thomas Yacht Club, sign up for Boat Access and you’ll be able to sail whenever and as often as you like at no additional cost beyond the annual Boat Access Fee.
St. Thomas Yacht Club Regattas
St. Thomas Yacht Club holds a number of iconic races annually open to juniors, club members and visiting sailors. Each event is unique in nature and shows off the wonderful sailing waters near Cowpet Bay, often referred to as “one of the best destinations in the world to finish a race”.
28TH International Optimist Regatta, TOTE Clinic & TOTE Team Race Kicks-off this week – June 14-24, 2021
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. A fleet of 8- to 15-year-old sailors from Antigua, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S.A, and U.S. Virgin Islands will race 8-foot long single-sail Optimist dinghies in the TOTE Clinic, Monday through Wednesday, the TOTE Team...
IGC and S.I.P. PRESENT A Special Night at the Club Featuring National Country Recording Artistand Songwriter Jimmy Charles and guitarist Ross Flora, both of Nashville A fundraiser to benefit the STYC Foundation A special live music concert benefit will take place on...
Above Photo: Some 113 junior sailors from a dozen nations participated in the 2019 IOR. Credit: Dean Barnes. The 28th annual International Optimist Regatta (IOR), Clinic and Team Race set for June 14 - 20, 2021 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Registration is open!...
Thank you for visiting our page and inquiring about our membership enrollment. As a STYC Member you will have full access to the Club’s facilities and priority registration with lower sign up fees for our various programs including our popular Summer Sailing Camp . We offer three types of memberships.
- Annual Membership
- Blue Water Trial Membership
- Corporate Membership
St. Thomas Yacht Club members are a tight knit community and have formed friendships that a life time. Common bonds are born out of a passion for sailing and preserving the beautiful waters of the Caribbean.
New to the club is the Blue Water Membership. We have created this membership option so you have the ability to enjoy our club. Blue water membership is a limited membership type good for 30 consecutive days.