The Sweethearts of the Caribbean & Classic Yacht Regatta celebrated their 25th year in 2003. This regatta is held in Sopers Hole, BVI, on the weekend closest to Valentine's Day. The West End Yacht Club (www.weyc.net) runs the regatta while Lou & Kay Schwartz, owners of the Jolly Roger, host the event. Incidentally, the home of the WEYC is the JR (Jolly Roger) making us the only club I know of in the black as we have no staff, utilities, etc. to pay. Because of this we can give our money to worthy causes like the Island Sloop Society and the KATS Programme. (Kids & the Sea)
"Sweethearts" are schooners making the Sweethearts Regatta the only all schooner race left in the Caribbean. "Classics" are any yachts having a design of 30 years or older.
Pictured here are several of the many yachts, and crews, that participate in this great regatta year after year. Starting on the top right - Jade Lady with her crew from St. Thomas. What a great group. We miss them. Directly on the right is that gorgeous Liberty, a 1929 Rhodes design, owned by Fletcher & Robin Pitts pictured below. Fletcher died in 2004 and a perpetual trophy has been added to the event - The Fletcher Pitts Sportsmanship Award. We greatly miss him.
The Fletcher Pitts Memorial Trophy is given in honour of the late Fletcher Pitts (above) to the schooner that displays the greatest showing of sportsmanship during the regatta. Above is Fletcher in happier times with his wife Robin. Above left is their lovely schooner - Liberty
Below is Robbie Hoyt, winner of the trophy in both 2005 and 2006 and his wonderful crew on the schooner, Snap. As Commodore, Dave is announcing in the background.
I was highly honored when the yacht club and race committee presented me with roses and a lovely plaque for my contributions, in the field of Public Relations, to the West End Yacht Club. The plaque started with "To everyone's Sweetheart" - now who wouldn't love that at my age????