St. John Yacht Club Maltese Cross

St. John Yacht Club


St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
A Caribbean Yacht Club with Races and Social Events

St. John Yacht Club Sailboats Racing
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The St. John Yacht Club was founded in 1972 by a group of adventurous St. Johnians who loved sailing.

 

Charter members included:

Jack and Laura Bosh

Stu Brown

Cees DeGraaff

Jack Dammann

Bob & Joyce Leigh

Henry & Maia Mongie

Tommy & Frances Smith

 

And our first commodore

Bob Eaton

 

Over the past 36 years, the St. John Yacht Club has grown to about 80 family memberships, including full- and part-time residents. We are members of the United States Sailing Association, with full reciprocal privileges with yacht clubs all over the world.

 

Our Mission Statement (Section 2 of the St. John Yacht Club By Laws)

The purpose of the club is to encourage and promote the sport of yachting in the Virgin Islands; to provide a social outlet and bond for those who would follow the sea as an avocation and to provide the organization to give collective voice in support of measures and programs, the objective of which is the maintenance and protection of the marine environment of the Virgin Islands. The Club may also award scholarships for marine studies.

 

Each year we hold three or four regattas

Around St. John Starts and ends near Cruz Bay

Duke's Trophy Near Cruz Bay, around the Pillsbury Sound Cays

Island Hopper Near Cruz Bay, around the Pillsbury Sound Cays

Commodore's Cup Coral Bay, to benefit Kids And The Sea (KATS)

 

More information and race dates can be found in the "Race Schedule" section of this web site.

Boats/sailors from anywhere are welcome to participate in the regattas. Call the Race Chairman at 340-715-2265 for information.

 

Social Functions

The St. John Yacht Club tries to hold monthly Socials during the high season for its members and their guests. Look in the "Next Social Event" section of this web site for information on what is upcoming.

 

Visiting Yachtsmen

If you are on St. John during one of our Social Functions, we'd love to have you attend (space available). Please call the Commodore at 340-778-6101. Or send an email to swanvi@pennswoods.net.

 

Membership

St. John Yacht Club always welcomes new members who share our love of St. John and sailing. Please call the Membership Chairman at 340-714-5817 for information about becoming a member.

 

Our Club Insignia The Maltese Cross (see insignia above, info from Wikipedia)

The Maltese Cross is identified as the symbol of an order of Crustian warriors known as the Knights Hospitaller, or Knights of Malta. It was originally the symbol of Amalfi, a small Italian republic of the 11th century. The cross is eight-pointed and has the form of four "V"-shaped arms joined together at their bases, so that each arm has two points. Its design is based on crosses used since the First Crusade. The eight points are said to symbolize the chivalric virtues:

Loyalty

Piety

Frankness

Bravery

Glory and honour

Contempt of death

Helpfulness towards the poor and the sick

Respect for the church