Three Sailors Awarded 2017 SJYC Young Sailor Scholarships

Scott McKenzie, Paige Clarke and Mateo DiBlasi are this year’s recipients of the St. John Yacht Club’s Young Sailor Scholarships.  Scott was awarded $2,000 to forward his career as a member of the Fordham University sailing team in the fall.  Paige was awarded $2,000 and returns to Dartmouth College for her second year on their sailing team.  Mateo was awarded $1,500 to forward his career as a laser sailor and a member of the Antilles High School sailing team.

Scott McKenzie at 2017 Commodore’s Cup awards ceremony with 29er crewmate Sean Hennessy and friend Kerstin Gordon.

The St. John Yacht Club has awarded over $27,500 in scholarships to young sailors in the Virgin Islands in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000 per sailor since 2007.  Each year, the SJYC Board determines the Scholarship Fund and the Scholarship Committee selects the recipients.

Donations to the Scholarship Fund can be made to the club’s PayPal account.





Paige Clarke Awarded 2016 SJYC Young Sailor Scholarship

” Thanks to everyone, the St. John sailing community including KATS, the Coral Bay Yacht Club, the St. John Yacht Club, my school and my family, I would not be here without all of you.”  Paige will attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the fall and will continue her sailing career on the Big Green sailing team.

Paige 2016

4 Sailors Awarded 2015 SJYC Young Sailor Scholarships


Rider Odom

” I want to do as much sailing as I possibly can before and after North American Championship in Antigua this year.  I really need this scholarship to help me get all the practice I can this year so I can be the best sailor I can be and represent the USVI wherever I go. ”

Ryder Optinam 2015


Scott McKenzie

“I am not asking for money for me even though I am starting to train in the 29er, but for some new sailors I am working with.  My friend, and 29er teammate, Chris Murphy and I have started a summer sailing program with some kids who are eager to learn.”

Vessup Sailing Club


Mathieu Dale

“Sailing is the life for me.  I love the competition and being out on the water with friends and having a good time together.  Another aspect of sailing is team racing that is challenging and a blast.  The fast paced action and quick thinking is so good for young minds and that is why I think that team racing is one of the most important parts of sailing.”

2015 IOR St. Thomas International Regatta. © Matias Capizzano


Mateo DiBlasi

Battling extremely windy days and challenging wave conditions throughout the entire regatta, Mateo DiBlasi finished 52 in a fleet of 162 at the 2015 Seaboard Marine North American Championship this past July in Antigua.  His participation on Team ISV in the team racing championship led them to a second place finish.

Mateo Optinam 2015