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Latest News from Nanny Cay

Record-breaking Chris Bertish in BVI

Record-breaking Chris Bertish spoke at Nanny Cay tonight. The 42-year old South African has just paddled unassisted across the Atlantic on a SUP, landing in Antigua on Thursday 9th March 17, after 93 days at sea alone. Overcoming shark encounters, equipment failures, unfavorable trade winds, loneliness and huge swells, he became the first man to SUP across the Atlantic albeit 26 pounds lighter!

Eight Graduate New Marine Studies Course

Eight students have just graduated from “Introduction To The Marine Industry”, the first of four courses in the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance course. This is a new marine certification programme run by the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and Nanny Cay Marina.

The Gunboats Are Coming

With six Gunboats confirmed to race the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta, the competition dial has been seriously notched up for one of the best Caribbean racing events under the sun. In the line-up are: Gunboat 60 Arethusa, Gunboat 62 Elvis, Gunboat 66 Extreme H2O, Gunboat 60 Flow, Gunboat 60 Momentum, and Gunboat 55 Thirst.

50 Days To First Start Gun In BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

It’s 50 days until the start gun for the first day of racing in the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. A highlight is always the diversity of boats that participate across many classes - this year there will be some 18 classes - including boats who are in for the very first time, like the newly launched all-carbon HH66 NALA. Others, such as the J122 El Ocaso which has competed in the regatta for the past 10 consecutive years, just keep coming back for more.

2016: A Look Back

The year ended on a high note, as we opened the new outer marina after 17 months of construction. At a ceremony held at the entrance to the new outer marina on December 12, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, declared the marina officially open.

Ceremony Officially Opens New Outer Marina

A ceremony held at the entrance to the new outer marina last night (Monday, December 12), heralded its opening at Nanny Cay. With speeches by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, the Honourable Julian Fraser, and Miles Sutherland Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay, the ceremony also included sailing demonstrations by the Royal BVI Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing programme and a kitesurfing flypast.

The 27th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Nanny Cay

For the third time in six years, the ARC Caribbean 1500 got off a day ahead of schedule (November 5) to take advantage of a promising weather window to get the fleet south. Once offshore, it was a fast, downwind passage for the majority of the fleet, with a classic late-fall weather pattern in place, and no activity in the tropics. Yachts began arriving into Nanny Cay just over 7 days later, on Saturday November 12, with the Amel 54 Phantom first to finish. They were closely followed by the Dufour 56 Pure Elegance, and the Nordhavn 57 motor yacht Jura. Each night as yachts continued to arrive events were held on the beach at Nanny Cay, including several cocktail hours, a pizza party and a couple beach barbecues hosted by Peg Legs. Horizon Yacht Charters held a popular and informative seminar on cruising the BVI.

47th Annual Pegs Legs Round Tortola Race Adds A Twist

The 47th annual Peg Legs Round Tortola Race organised by the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) and sponsored by Nanny Cay, will take place on Saturday, November 19th. Four classes – racing, performance cruising cruising and multihull – will compete in the 37-mile race. The course change for the 2016 race will give competitors more tactical choices to make.

Golden Arc Expedition Stops At Nanny Cay

Hitting the beach at Nanny Cay marked the 695th mile of paddling for Durham University students George Parry and Will McMcCreadie. In a mission to raise funds and awareness for their Get Exploring Trust (GET), they are paddling completely unsupported 2,000 miles from Grenada to Miami on the Golden Arc Expedition.

Docks Arrive For New Outer Marina

The unloading of the first 9 of 12 containers on the new peninsula at Nanny Cay heralded the arrival of the new docks for phase one of the new outer marina. Two specialists from the docks’ manufacturers, Walcon Marine, arrived yesterday to start the Meccano-esque assembly of the pontoons. They are working with some of the Nanny Cay Projects team and Husky Salvage & Towing.

Garbage Truck & Management

Nanny Cay has added an island-style garbage truck to its fleet of vehicles that includes Travelifts and backhoes. This new garbage truck will enable better management of garbage removal around the property.

First New Docks By End Of Year

In July last year, construction started on a new outer marina at Nanny Cay. Here’s the progress date: The revetment is 90% complete, while dredging and construction of the 6.5-acre peninsula - which is a combination of dredged material and land we have literally moved from one side to the other - is 75% complete. Sheet piling to form the inner wall of the marina has started, and construction of the main access bridge is underway.

Jane Tyrrell Joins Nanny Cay As Hotel & Property Manager

Jane is responsible for the overall performance and quality of the hotel, the townhouses and eventually the new peninsula condominiums. She is originally from New Zealand but after departing her home country as a teenager, has spent almost her entire adult life in other countries, both travelling and working.

Seven New BVI Sailing Champions Crowned

The 15th edition of the BVI Dinghy Championships wrapped up on Sunday with seven new champions crowned. The 85 competitors from the BVI, St Thomas, St Croix and Puerto Rico were treated to a stunning weekend of sailing out on the Sir Francis Drake Channel with shoreside activities and entertainment at Nanny Cay.

70 Boats To Compete In BVI Dinghy Champs This Weekend

The 15th edition of the BVI Dinghy Championships is set to be one of the biggest ever with over 70 sailors registered to compete on 21 and 22 May off Nanny Cay. Sailors from the BVI, USVI and Puerto Rico will take to the water in Optimist, Optimist Green fleet, Laser, Laser Radial, Open Bic and IC24 events for the honour of being named the 2016 BVI Dinghy Champion.

ARC Ralliers Depart Nanny Cay

On Saturday, May 7, yachts sailing under the flags of sixteen different nations set sail for their offshore adventures as part of two World Cruising Club (WCC) Spring rallies - ARC Europe and ARC USA. Sunny skies and a strong south easterly breeze of 15-16 knots set the stage for an exciting start for the twenty-six starters in the BVI.

J111 Spike Wins the 2016 Governor’s Cup

Twelve boats took to the race course to duke it out for the honour of adding their name to the Governor's Cup trophy. A gloomy morning greeted the competitors but despite the promise of a wet day, the rain held off the race track. Starting off Nanny Cay, the course took competitors out to Pelican Island, up round Dead Chest Island, across to Hog Valley Green just off Road Harbour and then back to finish at Nanny Cay.

Light Breeze Teases Fleet on Final Day of Racing

On Sunday evening, under a setting sun on the beautiful beach at Nanny Cay, the 45th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival drew to a close with the ritual awards ceremony and fabulous fireworks. The entire fleet was treated to a delightful racing day, with a light easterly of 8 to 12 knots throughout the morning, becoming a little lighter towards the end of racing. It was no surprise that first place in CSA-Racing 1 went to the TP52 SPOOKIE, skippered by Steve Benjamin (USA), finishing the regatta with 7 bullets over 7 races. The Melges 32 Soca, skippered by Luis Juarbe (PUR) finished second with 18 points, and in third, Tschuss, a Mat 1180, skippered by Christian Zugel, finished with 23 points.

A Lively Day One For BVI Spring Regatta

It may have been a rainy day in the BVI but not enough to take the heat out of today's racing, which saw 12 classes on three courses enjoy a consistent easterly breeze of 13-15 knots. Some competitors continued their winning streak of earlier in the week: SPOOKIE, the TP52 owned and skippered by Steve and Heidi Benjamin (USA), took first in CSA-Racing 1 with 3 points; Ventaneiro 3, owned and skippered by Renato Faria (BRA) sits in first in CSA-Performance Cruiser 1 with 2 points; and in CSA-Bareboat 2, Warvor, helmed by Willem Ellemeet (NED) is also in first with 2 points.

Intrepid Wins 3rd Annual VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge

Today was all about switching gears and changing pace, with the 3rd Annual VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge being raced off Nanny Cay as part of the BVI Spring Regatta's Maritime Heritage Day. The Challenge brings to life the significance that the beautiful old Tortola Sloops played in island life more than a hundred years ago, and celebrates the theme of sailing which has always been a mainstay of island culture.

Nanny Cay Challenge Monohull Record Falls To SPOOKIE

Triple Jack takes overall; SPOOKIE breaks Monohill Round Tortola Record; The BVI Sailing Festival Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup and Nanny Cay Challenge started promptly at 09:30 on Tuesday morning in seas a little rougher than normal due to last week's high winds, and an easterly breeze of 18+ knots. The BVI-based trimaran Triple Jack, owned by Richard Wooldridge and Steve Davis, charged off the start to an early lead in the CSA Multihull class. She made her way around the island in 3 hours and 19 minutes - almost 46 minutes slower than her record-breaking time last year - but her corrected time of 3:46:38, gave her first place overall in the 2016 Nanny Cay Cup.

Round Tortola Race For Nanny Cay Cup Kicks Off 2016 BVI Spring Regatta

The Round Tortola Race Race for the Nanny Cay Cup kicks off the 2016 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival tomorrow and life couldn't be more perfect for the crews of 54 boats competing - the forecast is for breeze in the upper teens. The Nanny Cay Cup not only sets the scene for a week of great racing with spectacular views of Tortola throughout the 31-nautical mile race, additionally, the teams can also race for the Nanny Cay Challenge - a perpetual challenge for the fastest mono and catamaran record around the island.

Homegrown Racing App For BVI Spring Regatta

SailRacer, brainchild of Nanny Cay’s IT guru and keen racing sailor, Adrian Sinton, is a suite of apps that work in synchronicity to bring shared weather and mark location data to both regatta officials and competitors alike. SailRacer is a sponsor of this year’s BVI Spring Regatta which will be using the race committee mobile app Sailracer RC and Sailracer Basic applications.

Yachtsman Of The Year Ian Walker Joins BVI Youth Sailors Training Session

The Royal BVI Yacht Club youth sailing programme was treated to a special guest this week when world renowned sailor Ian Walker dropped by to join Tuesday's training session at Nanny Cay. The winning skipper of the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race and double Olympic silver medalist visited the sailing centre at Nanny Cay and went out on the water with the team.

VX One Fleet To Compete At BVI Spring Regatta

For the first time, a VX One fleet of eleven boats will be mixing it up with its larger brethren out on the waters of the British Virgin Islands in the 45th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. The VX One is a relatively new one-design sport boat that's gained much popularity in the past few years. Sailors from around the globe, including Australia, Canada, St. Croix and the USA, have teamed up to form the first VX One fleet to race the Caribbean Cup - March 25-27 at St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR)and April 1-3 in the BVI Spring Regatta - an exciting new addition to both events which brings new competitors into the mix.

New boats, old boats, all return for spectacular racing At 2016 BVI Spring Regatta

With a different race course every day and guaranteed no-two-days-of-racing-the-same sets BVI Spring Regatta apart from other yacht racing events. Fabulous beach parties every evening are the only way to end a perfect day of warm-water Caribbean racing. With a long-time home base here at Nanny Cay where families can also enjoy all that Tortola and the surrounding islands offer, the event offers something for everyone.

Mosquito Control At Nanny Cay

“Anyone seen Avery?” “He’s doing the mosquitoes,” comes the reply. It’s Thursday. And Avery has been “doing the mosquitoes” every Thursday for the last five years.

Nanny Cay Doubles Backup Power Capacity

With the use of a truck crane, backhoe, a generator wrangler, and some engineers (see the pictures below), we have just doubled our backup power with the installation of a second 750 KVA generator. With current loads, this addition gives us one redundant generator enabling us to use them on an alternating basis.

200 Youths Benefit From KATSWIM Programme in 2015

200 children between the ages of 4 to 17 years in the BVI went through the 2015 Kids And The Sea Swim (KATSWIM) session which drew to a close on November 14. The weekly swimming classes were held every Saturday across two terms at the swimming pool at Nanny Cay. The first term took place May 2 – June 20 and the second term ran from September 5 – November 14 when certificates were awarded to the graduates of the different classes.

The 26th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Tortola

Fast passage and downwind sailing marks this year's event, with all boats in to Nanny Cay now. After a three-day weather delay thanks to late-season Hurricane Kate, and a fast passage at sea for most, the 2015 ARC Caribbean 1500 wrapped up in Tortola with the final prize giving on Monday, November 23, just in time for crews to get home for Thanksgiving.

RC44 Fleet Returns To British Virgin Islands

After its inaugural visit in 2014, the RC44 Class has returned to the BVI to hold the season finale of the 2015 RC44 Championship Tour here. Nanny Cay was the staging point once again and we watched these one-design racing machines emerge from their plastic-wrap chrysalises.

A slow Peg Legs Round Tortola Race this year; Boomorang wins overall

Boomorang, skippered by Doug Stewart, claimed overall victory in the 2015 Peg Legs Round Tortola Race on Saturday after a long and tricky day on the water. The 46th edition of the Peg Legs Round Tortola Race started and finished off Nanny Cay. Eleven yachts entered the 37-mile race circumnavigating Tortola in an anti-clockwise direction.

Nanny Cay Block Party

Heavy persistent rain didn't manage dampen spirits at the Nanny Cay Block Party last night. BBQs stayed lit while Rite Way Food Markets and the Peg Legs crews rolled out food, drink flowed, and the Sailbag Winching Competition kept the crowd entertained. However, our musician Al Broderick did find the conditions a little too challenging...!

2015 Sloop Shootout goes to the Premier (Again); Martin Van Houten Honoured

Premier and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith, received his Great Festival Sloop Shootout trophy on the lawns of Nanny Cay last week for his victory in this year’s event. Director of the Virgin Islands Studies Institute at the HLSCC, Dr. Angel Smith, presented Premier Smith and his team with the award recognising his office’s seventh victory in 12 years.

Best BVI Marina 2015

We recently hosted this year's Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers Choice Awards on the beach. In between the award presentations, the audience was able to enjoy Cruzan Rum cocktails, nibbles provided by Capriccio Di Mare and Brandywine Restaurant, and an aerial silk dancing display. We collected our fifth "Best BVI Marina" award and Kyle was runner up as "Best BVI Bartender".
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