S/V CHILI PEPPER – A RACE BOAT CONVERTED FOR DAY SAILING
We pride ourselves on maintenance. Chili Pepper is kept in top sailing form year round and hauled out for maintenance on a yearly basis. Safety is of utmost importance to us, and having a reliable boat is a major component of that.
New for 2021 Season:
+ Quantum 105% battened racing Jib.
+ Code 0
New for 2020 Season:
+ Fully battened Quantum Mainsail.
+ Cockpit Cushions from ABC Florida.
New for 2019 Season
+ New Mast, Standing Rigging, Running Rigging.
S/V Chili Pepper is a customized 10 meter Beneteau originally built for racing. While based out of St. Thomas, USVI, S/V Uncle Sam (prior name) was raced successfully and gained a solid reputation for winning in Caribbean regattas. In 2011, S/V Uncle Sam was converted into S/V Chili Pepper, the beautiful day sailing vessel she is today.
Custom work for racing included a Glenn Henderson designed racing keel that keeps her stable and points high upwind, and an expanded cockpit for accommodating additional crew. Combined with an open transom, these features make her a fantastic day sailing vessel. The large cockpit is ideal for seating passengers in comfort and the open transom is great for getting in touch with the beautiful tropical waters of the Caribbean.
This boat was built for going fast. The thrill of sailing is inevitable as she points high yet remains stable and moves through the water with ease. Quick and responsive, the crew is put in tune with the wind and ocean, the way sailing is meant to be.
As a daysailor the vessel can be single handed by the Captain. But the crew is invited to give a hand or take the helm. So sit back and relax, or join the fun and grind away on the winches at the Captain’s command. Either way, sailing on Chili Pepper is a fun and exciting experience and a great way to get out on the waters of Puerto Rico.
In 2014, Chili Pepper was converted from tiller to wheel steering. A big 40 inch wheel is now used to steer the boat and gives it the modern look and feel of contemporary, top-of-the-line sportboats. And… with the addition of a retractable bowsprit and furling asymmetrical spinnaker, Chili Pepper is back in top form and will keep up with modern racers.
In 2017 hurricane Irma decided to remove the old rig and so it was replaced with a brand new, ultra light powder coated mast and boom from US Spars for the 2018-2019 season. All new standing and running rigging reduced weight aloft even further and Chili Pepper is more stable and points higher than ever!
Chili Pepper entered the 2021 St Thomas International Regatta. With a crew of 5 she finished every race beating several competitors over the finish line. The incredibly difficult handicap rating due to her racing pedigree meant the highest place she finished was 3rd in a race. The crew had a very good time and will go down as the original Chili Pepper sailing team. This is the official start of Sail Frenchtown, our sailing program that is a sailing school meant to introduce new sailors to the sport. If you are interested in pursuing sailing, let us know and we will put you on our newsletter. Whether as crew, passive learners, vacation sailors, future boat owners, or future Regatta sailors, let us know if and how you would like to get involved. Please check out our website in St Thomas:
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