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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...!
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.