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St. Croix International Regatta, Day One

Feb. 19, 2005 – Regatta Director Julie San Martin announced preliminary results from the first day of this year's International Regatta of competitive sailing in the Buck Island Channel.
CSA RACING: Leading in the CSA Racing group after four races at the end of the first day is "Magnificent Seven," St. Thomas, captained by John Foster, who finished last year's regatta in second place;
2nd place: "Broken Drum," St. Croix, Jack Bishop;
3rd place: "El Shaddai II," St. Croix, Jeff Fangman.
RACER CRUISER: Puerto Rican Sailors are leading the Racer Cruiser Category, with "Lazy Dog" in first place, skippered by Sergio Sagramoso.
2nd place: "Abracadabra", Puerto Rico, Carlos Camacho;
3rd place: "Pipe Dream," Tortola, Peter Haycraft.
CRUISER: Returning to claim his first place from 2004 in the Cruising Category is Skipper Jose Sanchez from Puerto Rico leading so far this year in "Balaju 2;"
2nd place: "Rumor," New Hampshire, USA, Norman Martin;
3rd place: "Hotel California," Delaware, USA, Steve Schmidt.
IC24: Boats in a new category added to the St. Croix regatta this year completed one additional race today, with Chris Currieri of St. Thomas leading after five races.
2nd place: "Stinger," John Holmberg, St. Thomas;
3rd place: "Conch-Querer," Andrew Waters, Tortola.
BEACH CAT: Last year's 2nd place finisher, Anton Guernica's "Lolo Too" from Puerto Rico, leads the beach cats at the end of the first day.
2nd place: "Rush," Bruce Merced, St. Thomas;
3rd place: "Love Never Fails," Bruce Andryc, St. Croix.
LARGE MULTIHULL: "Piglet," skippered by St. Croix Yacht Club Commodore Joe San Martin is leading so far against last year's winner, Llewellyn Westerman of St. Croix, "Charis II."
Sunny skies and brisk northeasterly winds greeted participants.
"I would say conditions were just about exactly right," said San Martin. "It would be hard to make them more perfect." San Martin welcomed 34 boats and their crews from St. Croix, St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands Puerto Rico, and the United States at Friday night's Cruzan Rum party.
Big boat International Regatta racing continues tomorrow and Monday, commencing at 10 a.m. each day. Awards for the International Regatta will be presented at 3 p.m. Monday at the St. Croix Yacht Club.
OPTIMIST RACING: This year's 2nd annual Optimist Regatta got off to a rousing start with morning and afternoon races for 18 sailors ages 8 to 15 from St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico.
"The Puerto Ricans are dominating," said Karen Stanton, Primary Race Officer for the Optimist series this year, who announced overall race results at the end of the first day:
1st place: David Alfonso, Puerto Rico
2nd place: Jose Nigoglioni, Puerto Rico
3rd place: E. Apointe, Puerto Rico.
Optimist racing continues tomorrow in Teague Bay starting at 10 a.m., with awards presented at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday.

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