Racing was canceled at 1000 hours with barely a breath of air to spare on the race course. It was maybe a blessing in disguise following a magical night in the Regatta Village which was packed with party-goers and Mount Gay Red Caps.
Nevertheless, it didn’t take long for boats to regroup and figure out Plan B this morning, madly dashing to the market to stock up on ice and beverages, hightailing it out of the marina on race boats and bareboats.
The vibe at the Regatta Village was simply a blast today as boats left the docks around 8:30am to make it out to the race course in the light air which presented throughout the day. 6-7 knots in a southerly breeze made for challenging conditions under hot sunny skies and the Mount Gay Rum party post-racing all the more invitingRead More
Today’s course for the Scrub Island Invitational started off Nanny Cay in a delightful 12-15 knots from the south which held steady throughout the day. Mack and his Team McFly on the J/122 El Ocaso, narrowly won the Racing Division.Read More
A perfect day for record setting at the BVI Sailing Festival saw Fujin, the Bieker 53 catamaran owned and skippered by Greg Slyngstad, win the Nanny Cay Challenge with the fastest elapsed time of 1:57:16, breaking the standing multihull record set in 2015 by the trimaran Triple Jack of 2:33:40 – and the outright record of 2:14:54 set by Mike Hirst on a kiteboard in January. The monohull record was also overturned by E1, the Volvo 70 skippered by Rafal Sawicki in an elapsed time of 2:53:08, beating the previous record set in 2016 by the TP52 Spookie of 3:08:43.Read More
In addition to being The Official Rum of the BVI Spring Regatta (BVISR), Mount Gay Rum will sponsor the first day of the Regatta on Friday March 29th as Mount Gay Race Day.
Following the BVI Sailing Festival, three days of competitive racing will kick off at 1000 on Friday March 29, with the new Mount Gay Race Day where around 90 boats and sailors from 20 countries will test their mettle on some of the world’s best waters for sailing.
With just a few weeks to go before the 48th annual BVI Sailing Festival and Spring Regatta, the entry list is now at 80 boats, with an anticipated final count of at least 90.
The Offshore Multihull fleet has steadily grown in the BVI Spring Regatta and this year, John and Carol Gallagher are looking forward to competing in their Gunboat 62 Chim Chim.
The newly formed Virgin Islands Sloop Foundation (VISF) was launched last night at a Beach BBQ here at Nanny Cay. Memberships were sold with Geoff Brooks, author of Building A Virgin Islands Sloop, signing copies of his book. Janet Oliver of the BVI Charter Society was the first member to sign up!
The Virgin Islands Sloop Foundation’s aim is to preserve the maritime heritage of the Virgin Islands by ensuring that the history and knowledge of traditional wooden boat building is passed on to future generations.Read More
Four docks completed in inner marina, first refurbished hotel rooms available for booking, work on additional reconstruction and improvements continue apace.Read More
With under eight weeks to go before the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, 60+ boat crews have their flights booked and are well on their way to the sunny BVI.Read More
A beautiful morning greeted the 11 competitors and delivered champagne sailing throughout the anti-clockwise around Tortola course.
First away at 09:35 were the Monohulls and cruising catamaran, followed by the three trimarans at 09:50. But all eyes were on Mike Hirst and Chris Brockbank with their foiling kites as they put down a challenge to establish a new kiteboarding record for the event.Read More