Junior Sailing Program

The St Thomas Yacht Club provides a fleet of Collegiate 420 sailboats, as well as the sailing venue to support the year round practice and training sessions for our Junior Sailors. While being hosted by the club our high school team has enjoyed significant success including 5 national titles and its sailors have moved on to multiple collegiate sailing honors and Olympic campaigns!


Classes and Training

Pee Wee Sailing
Saturday only

This class is designed to accommodate our youngest & beginner sailors (5 – 10years old). The focus is to provide the children with safe, positive experiences in the boat and on the water. Classes may be taught in Hobie Waves, Opti’s and IC 24s.

Opti I & II
Tuesday & Wednesday
This class is designed to accommodate sailors that have successfully completed the Saturday class and are sailing independently upwind. The focus is to continue developing confidence in the boat as well as beginning racing skills.

Opti Green/Race
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Regattas
This class is designed for sailors ready to compete in the green fleet this season. Class includes training training Thursday, Friday, and half day Saturday when noted on the calendar as well as coaching at VIODA Regatta and STYC MLK Regatta. Starts, mark rounding, and boat speed will be emphasized.

Adventure Sailing
Wednesday & Friday
This class is designed to build confidence on the water, and boat handling skills in a non-competitive environment. Class may be taught in Optis, Hobie Waves, and C420s.

Team 420
Not offered this session
This class will demonstrate sailing competency in Sunfish or Optimist. They will learn and independently be able to rig and de-rig the 420, know the basics of the race course and become comfortable being Skipper and Crew. Sailors will know the function of the jib and have an interest in furthering their racing skills in HS or 420 class sailing. Skipper and crew assignments will rotate at the coach’s discretion. Sailors of all levels are encouraged to participate.

** Non-member sailors are allowed to participate in 3 sessions prior to being members.

Race Training with Argy Resano

Opti Champ & Racing
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This class is designed for sailors that are racing on the championship line. Starts, mark rounding, and boat speed will be emphasized. In addition to scheduled lessons, clinics and regatta travel are encouraged.

420 Training
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Sailors in this class will be able to race a 420 with jib and main around a W/L course. They will practice with the spinnaker and trap, learn to fine tune mast rake and shroud tension and be able to maintain/repair a 420. This class is geared toward sailors interested in learning more advanced racing theory and in travel to US events including Orange Bowl & 420 Mid Winters. Sailors will need to be paired as skipper and crew for the session. If your sailor is interested, please talk with your coaches regarding possible pairings.

Antilles School Sailing Team

Antilles School Sailing Team
Antilles School –  7280 Frenchman’s Bay 16-1 – St. Thomas, USVI 00802

Team Coach and Contact: Tyler Rice

The sailing team at the Antilles School is its 15th  year of sailing and it is considered to be one of the sailing powerhouses among United States prep schools. In their history they have already won 7 US National Championships in Team Racing, Fleet Racing, Single-handed Laser radial and Single-handed Laser full rig. The team has also been in the final 4 at three other US National Championships.

Antilles School Sailing Team Accomplishments

Antilles School – 7 national title wins including

  • 3 wins @ Mallory Fleet Race Championship
  • 2 wins @ the Cressy National Singlehanded
  • 2 wins @ the Baker Team Race Championship

Antilles School National Championships

  • 2006 Mallory Double-handed Fleet Race Results
    – Thomas Barrows ‘06
    – Nate Rosenberg ‘06
    – Sarah Burks ‘08
    – Taylor Canfield ‘07
  • 2006 Baker Double-handed Team Race Results
    – Thomas Barrows ‘06
    – Cy Thompson ‘06
    – Taylor Canfield ‘07
    – Nate Rosenberg ‘06
    – Sarah Burks ‘08
    – Mimi Roller ‘08
  • 2009 Cressy Single-handed Laser Full Rig Results
    – Max Nickbarg
  • 2010 Cressy Single-handed Laser Radial Results
    – Ian Barrows
  •  2011 Mallory Double-handed Fleet Race Results
  •  William Bailey ’11
    – Ian Barrows ‘13
    – Nicole Barnes ’13
    – Alec Tayler’13
  • 2013 Mallory Double-handed Fleet Race Results
    – Ian Barrows ‘13
    – Jordan Ladd ‘13
    – Kyle Brego ‘13
    -Isabelle Teare ‘13
    – Ian Coyle ‘13
    – Serena Cipullo ‘13
    – Agustina Barbuto ‘14
    -Taylor Ladd ‘14
  •  2017 Baker Double-handed Team Race Results
    – Sam Morrell ‘17
    – Caroline Teare ‘17
    – Ryan Hunter ‘17
    – Robert Hunter ‘18
    – Teddy Nicolosi ‘19
    – Christopher Sharpless ‘19
    – Andy Williams ‘20

The Antilles sailors have also done well on the US Collegiate level and their sailors are heavily recruited by all the top sailing colleges, including Harvard, Yale, MIT, U Penn, Brown, Georgetown, Dartmouth, Boston College, Boston University, Roger Williams, US Naval Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy. Eight sailors have won the title of All American, several have earned it multiple times.

  • Thomas Barrows 4 time All-American
  • Taylor Canfield 3 time All American
  • Mayumi Roller
  • Cy Thompson 3 time All American
  • Ian Barrows 4 time All-American
  • William Bailey
  • Nikki Barnes Women All-American
  • Graceann Nicolosi 2 Time All American

Antilles sailors have also gone on to compete in the Youth Olympics and Olympic Games.

  • Thomas Barrows 2008 Beijing
  • Thomas Barrows 2016 Rio
  • Mayumi Roller 2012 London
  • Cy Thompson 2012 London
  • Thomas Barrows 2016 Rio
  • Ian Barrows GOLD MEDAL @ 2010  Youth Olympics –Singapore
  • Paige Clarke USVI 2014- Youth Olympics -Nanjing
  • Scott McKenzie USVI 2014- Youth Olympics -Nanjing
  • Sam Morrell BVI 2014- Youth Olympics -Nanjing

The team started as a parent funded and driven group but it is now also supported by the school. The team introduces students at the 8th  grade level to the team and the number of sailors increases each year.


SAISA District Fleet Racing Championship and Qualifier for the ISSA Mallory Trophy
2009: 3rd Place
2010: 1st Place
2011: 1st Place
2012: 1st Place
2013: 1st Place
2014: did not attend
2015: 5th place
2016:  4th place
2017: 2nd place
2018: 3rd Place

SAISA District Team Racing Championship and Qualifier for the ISSA Baker Trophy
2006 1st Place
2008 1st Place
2009: 1st Place
2010: 1st Place
2011:1st Place
2012: 2nd Place
2013: 1st
2015: 3rd
2016: 1st
2017: 2nd
2018: 1st

Cressy Trophy: National ISSA Singlehanded Championship
2010: 1st Place Full Rig: Max Nickbarg
2011: 1st Place Radial Rig: Ian Barrows

Mallory Trophy: National ISSA Doublehanded Fleet Race Championship
2006: 1st Place
2010: 8th Place
2011: 1st Place
2012: 3rd Place
2013: 1st Place
2014: Did not attend
2015: 2016: Did not attend
2017:6th Place
2018: 8th Place

Baker Trophy: National ISSA Team Race Championship2004: 5th Place
2005: 2nd Place
2006: 1st Place
2008: 5th Place
2009: 4th Place
2010: 8th Place
2011: 5th Place
2012: 4th Place
2013: 2nd Place
2014: Did not attend
2015: Did not attend
2016: 6th Place
2017: 1st Place
2018: 2nd Place

Larry A. White Trophy Regatta- US Coast Guard Academy Fall HS Invitational Regatta: October 16-17, 2010
Antilles School: 1st Place