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Docks Fillings Up For BVI Spring Regatta 2016

Registration opens today for some 110 boats and crews in the 45th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. The buzz is building shore-side, with the event Village under construction and docks filling up here at Nanny Cay.

Lucy Jones, owner of the Swan 51 Northern Child and the Beneteau First 40 Southern Child, is back for her 7th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival with two new race charter crews: a group of 24 from the company Samsin has chartered Northern Child and will race 12 guests on, 12 off, throughout the week.

Tony Mac and his Team McFly have chartered the First 40.

Lucy Jones, owner of the Swan 51 Northern Child & the Beneteau First 40 Southern Child, is back for her 7th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

Jones says, “These boats are completely race-ready – they’re both performance boats that people know they can go race and do well here in the BVI.”

Damien Parnhouse, the Aussie skipper aboard Northern Child says, “This is my first Spring Regatta and I’m ready for it! I love sailing and sharing that with other people in a great place – where I live – Paris – the snow is just melting!”

Already catching the Caribbean charm of the BVI Farr 45 Spitfire.  Jonathan Bamberger, from Toronto, Canada, has arrived with Spitfire for his first Spring Regatta. Bamberger says, “It had to be done, look around – it’s a beautiful place – and the Painkiller cocktails are great!”

The Spitfire team prepping on the docks at Nanny Cay

Bamberger bought Spitfire in England last year and transferred her to the Caribbean a few weeks ago to participate in the RORC Caribbean 600, and now this week, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival.

Warming up for serious racing in the Sailing Festival, Grand SoleilQuokka is ready.

Christian Reynolds, a director of Performance Yacht Racing, is no stranger to the event, here for his sixth event with Quokka. One of the aspects he welcomes is that the BVI Spring Regatta offers up some flat water racing, unlike other Caribbean racing.

“The Sailing Festival is the ‘fun racing’ and the Regatta is more serious – that mix is good, not to mention, it’s stunning here,” Reynolds says.

The calm before the storm at the Nanny Cay Beach Bar