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Oyster Regatta BVI 2015

In Oyster’s 35th own class regatta, and the sixth Oyster Regatta BVI, a fleet of 15 Oyster yachts gathered at Nanny Cay before heading out on four days of racing around the British Virgin Islands. Divided between two classes for the four days of racing, the gathered fleet showed the diversity in Oyster ownership from the 2000-built Holman & Pye Oyster 45 Taboo of St Helier to the very recent Humphreys Oyster 825 Reina.

Oyster BVI Regatta closes at Nanny Cay

Perhaps, David Tydeman, CEO of Oyster Marine summed up the Oyster’s Regatta BVI at the final prize giving. “This has been one of the most friendly and enjoyable regattas of the 28 events we have had over the years. The sailing conditions have been nothing short of superb and the feedback coming from the Oyster owners is unanimous; the racecourses have provided a blend of amazing scenery and challenging sailing with close competition between the fleet. It had been especially pleasant to see nine Oysters in attendance for the first time and we hope that the experience will make them regular visitors to Oyster events.”

For the last day of racing, sponsored by Pantaenius, The Oyster fleet enjoyed a passage race to Nanny Cay Marina. However, light winds necessitated a shorter course. Starting in the North Sound, a route around The Dogs then passed the western shore of Virgin Gorda, Fallen Jerusalem and Ginger Island where a finish line was laid. These islands offer mesmerising vistas of extraordinary beauty but also tactically challenging wind shifts and current eddies.

Oyster BVI Regatta kicks off at Nanny Cay

Oysters on A dock. Click to enlargeOn Monday morning revellers from the closing party of the 2012 BVI Spring Regatta had barely left the Regatta Village when the Nanny Cay crew had to go into full clean up mode and clear the docks for 24 Oysters as they arrived for their bi-annual Oyster Regatta BVI.

They arrived throughout the day and the event kicked off with a skippers briefing in PegLegs late afternoon, followed by a welcome party on the beach.

Despite predictions of little wind for the first race yesterday, a light easterly breeze got racing underway, right on schedule for the Lewmar sponsored race to Cane Garden Bay. Oyster CEO, David Tydeman acting as Race Officer for the week, chose to send the Oyster fleet on an 11-mile course with a downwind start heading west from Nanny Cay.

Magrathea and Twice Eleven take overall honours in Oyster BVI Regatta

Oyster BVI Regatta 2010 prizegiving on the beach - click to enlargeThe Oyster BVI Caribbean regatta ended on a high note back at Nanny Cay with today's Class winners in the Pantaenius Cup race also securing the overall honours. Chris and Susan Shea sailed a masterful race on their Oyster 72, Magrathea to save their time over Class I rivals, Mariusz Koper's Oyster 72, Katharsis II and Stuart Smith and Barry Cooper's Oyster 82, Oceana, while David and Tamsin Kidwell's Oyster 435, Twice Eleven repeated Friday's victory in Class II.

Today's race from St Peter Island Resort, took the fleet on a stiff beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel to round Ginger Island before running down behind Cooper and Salt Islands and reach between Dead Chest and Peter Island to finish off Nanny Cay. The sparkling 20knot conditions provided a fitting end not just to the regatta, but Alan Brook's jovial eight year tenure as Race Officer to the Oyster fleet. "I wanted this to be as memorable for the competitors as it was for me" he said at the finish after what turned out to be a classic trade wind race.

Oysters Shine on Opening Day of the Oyster BVI Regatta

Oysters start off Nanny Cay - click to enlargeTwo crews, Mariusz Koper's Polish Oyster 72 Kathlarsis II and John McTigue's Oyster 56 Blue Dreams produced masterclass performances to lead their classes from start to finish in a 24 mile opening Lewmar sponsored race in this year's Oyster BVI regatta from Nanny Cay to Cane Garden Bay on Tuesday. Making most of a port biased starting line and sparkling trade wind conditions, they quickly pushed their way to the front of their respective classes and continued to dominate the chase around the islands.

Mariusz Koper's crew have been out enjoying these Caribbean conditions ever since competing in last winter's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), and the slick teamwork they have developed together certainly showed. After electing to carry a spinnaker, the Kathlarsis II' crew made the most of their downwind sail round the back of Peter and Norman islands and back across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to not only lead the 23 strong fleet through the narrow Thatch channel and up to the Cane Garden finish, but saved their time against Stuart Smith and Barry Cooper's larger Oyster 82 Oceana which had elected to go white sail only.

Nanny Cay hosts Oyster Regatta 2010

Oysters fill up A dock - click to enlargeTwenty-three Oyster yachts are in the British Virgin Islands for Oyster’s 24th regatta, the fourth to be held in the BVI.  Today (Monday, 12 April) sees the fleet berthed at Nanny Cay Marina for the traditional skippers briefing and judging of the Concours d’Elegance. This evening Nanny Cay hosts a cocktail party and dinner co-sponsored by the BVI Tourist Board.

Tomorrow sees the fleet race to Cane Garden Bay from Nanny Cay. In the evening crews will go ashore for a pirate party and treasure hunt before enjoying a buffet supper at Myetts Garden Inn.