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Racing In Paradise

Apr 4, 2009

Team Denial – click to enlargeWith another perfect day on the water, it is truly racing in paradise at the 2009 BVI Spring Regatta. In today’s action, there were a number of leaders who had a chance to stretch out their leads in the 10 – 12 knot breeze and a few classes in which the tops spots changed hands.

In Division A, Vincitore, the carbon fiber Reichel Pugh 52, added a few more notches to its belt with several more bullets. Although Colin Booth, the captain of the boat had said that the boat loves downwind sailing, the crew is proving that it just likes sailing.

In Racing Division B, one group hailing primarily from Ireland indicated that they came to the BVI to sail despite the economic hard times in Europe. In fact, one crew member said, “What economic recession?” Calling themselves Team Denial, there is no doubt that they are in “denial” about their current last place standing. Regardless, they seem to be having a great time. Three Harkoms leads the class after the second day of racing.

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Spectacular First Day Of Racing

Apr 4, 2009

Top Gun rounds the windward mark – click to enlargeTight racing, great Caribbean weather and excellent race management characterized the first day of the 2009 BVI Spring Regatta. After a day of wind ranging from 11 – 15 knots, with a few zinger wind shifts and incredible sunshine, the mood in the Festival Village was festively mellow. Everyone seemed relaxed and had positive things to say about their day on the water. Results in many of the twelve classes are indicative of very tight competition among well matched boats.

In Division A, Jim Mitchell’s Vincitore, the Reichel Pugh 52, has three firsts and a second but Arethusa, Phillip Lotz’s Swan 42 is not far behind with three seconds and a first.

In Division B, Three Harkoms has a five point lead over Jamie Dobbs and Lost Horizon II. Alfred Koolen, from St. Maartin, sailing on Lost Horizon II said, “We’ve been to five regattas this year and won all five of them. We’re not going to win this one; we screwed up.” He went on to relate how in a short two mile race, they started late, hit the weather mark and finished a minute behind everyone else. Then he added, “If you want a quote, the quote is, ‘This regatta has the best sailing instructions in the Caribbean and everything else. Everything is done properly.’”

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Vincitore Wins Nanny Cay Cup

Apr 2, 2009

Vincitore heads for Nanny Cay – click to enlargeVincitore won today’s Nanny Cay Cup with Three Harkoms second and Arethusa third. Vincitore roared down from North Sound in 2 hrs, 11 mins.

With winds of 12 – 14 throughout the day, magnificent blue skies and turquoise water, the BVI Sailing Festival fleet sailed from North Sound, Virgin Gorda, downwind to finish just off the entrance of Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola.

The sleek, iridescent blue hulled Vincitore took the top spot from James Hudleston’s Three Harkoms and won the Nanny Cay Cup. Tom Rinda, the race officer said that after the start, and a short upwind leg, Vincitore took off like a rocket ship. Vincitore’s captain, Colin Booth, said that the boat sails relatively well upwind but really performs downwind. He reported top speeds of 26 – 27 knots with the boat reaching 20 knots easily. Today, Vincitore’s elapsed time for the eighteen mile course was two hours and ten minutes, more than one half hour in front of the next boat. With Three Harkoms in second, Arethusa, owned by Philip Lotz, moved into the winner’s circle with a third place finish. Guy Eldridge’s Luxury Girl was behind by only four seconds corrected.

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Three Harkoms Wins Bitter End Cup

Apr 1, 2009

Three Harkoms chases Yeoman off the start line – click to enlargeEnthusiastic sailors left the dock this morning for the first race of the 2009 BVI Sailing Festival under cloudy skies and with 15 – 20 knots of breeze. Although the weather during the first leg of the race was somewhat damp between a little bit of spray and the occasional squall line, it did not compare to last year’s conditions which forced many boats to drop out due to the extreme wind and sea conditions. This year, despite a few early clouds, it was a picture perfect day for racing.

The course for the Bitter End Cup led the fleet from Drake Channel south east between Salt Island and Dead Chest, then the beat continued due east up the south side of Salt and Cooper. The fleet turned north heading back into the channel between Cooper and Ginger Islands, leaving the Dogs to starboard before heading east to the entrance of North Sound at Colquhoun Cut. The finish line was off the Bitter End Yacht Club.

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Sailing Festival Kicks Off

Mar 31, 2009

Click image to enlargeWith good weather and breeze predicted for the week, the 2009 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival kicked off last night with registration for the Sailing Festival and a Mount Gay Welcome Party.   Forty eight boats ranging from Hotel California, a Santa Cruz 70, sailing in the Cruising Class, to sleek new…

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Heading Into The Sailing Festival

Mar 30, 2009

Clcik photo to enlargeWell, the all-important beer tent is up – but not yet stocked – and yachts have been flooding into the docks all day with many of them having come straight from the Rolex Regatta. Registration for the Sailing Festival opened at noon today and closes at 6pm when the welcome party starts…

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Regatta Village Starting To Take Shape

Mar 26, 2009

Clcik to enlargeThe structures for the food tents have started to arrive and the refillable water station is in place near Peg Legs.  The regatta organisers’ container full of regatta-organizing-goodies is on the beach and competing yachts are beginning to show up on our docks.  There’s a general build-up of activity aound the whole marina…

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Regatta Hours At The Genaker Cafe

Mar 25, 2009

The Genaker Cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from March 30 to April 5 with the regular menu and nightly specials.  Breakfast will be served from 6am to 10.30am, lunch from 11am to 5pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Happy Hour will be from 4pm to 6pm and Red Stripe and…

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Superyacht Maltese Falcon Passes Nanny Cay

Mar 19, 2009

Superyacht Maltese Falcon was seen cruising down the Sir Francis Drake Channel past Nanny Cay late Tuesday afternoon. She’s seen here dwarfing a charter yacht heading to Peter Island.

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Defiance Construction Update March 18, 2009

Mar 19, 2009

We are happy with the recent progress of Defiance Block of Nanny Cay Village. The construction crew has been very busy. Since the last update, they have cast the slab grade beams, then striped all the formwork and have been back-filling to prepare for the steel work on the slab. Last week they finished all…

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BVI Yacht Guide feature: Smooth, Seamless, Successful: A peek behind the scenes of The BVI Spring Regatta

Mar 18, 2009

An article from the BVI Yacht Guide on Nanny Cay’s involvement with the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival:

Smooth, Seamless, Successful: A peek behind the scenes of The BVI Spring Regatta 

By the time the first week of April is over then no sooner has the last tent peg been pulled and the vestiges of the four-day sailing bonanza has been cleaned up. It is then that the organizers of the annual BVI Spring Regatta meet up to review the good, the fantastic and the things to be changed for next year.

Miles Sutherland-Pilch, general manager of the host venue, Nanny Cay Resort and Marina in Tortola, is a key contributor to these discussions. Nanny Cay became host and presenting sponsor for the BVI Spring Regatta in 2002 and is responsible for providing and managing much of the physical logistics for what has become the third largest regatta in the Caribbean.

The organisation of the Regatta is a year-round job with various committees in place to ensure that all shore side and on-water activities run smoothly. “We regularly meet with the BVI Spring Regatta Committee to discuss what’s new, and how best to integrate any changes in the layout of the village whilst maintaining an uninterrupted flow of daily service,” said Miles.

As well as allocating slips and dockage for incoming yachts, the Nanny Cay team works closely with the BVI Spring Regatta Committee to oversee the installation of the Regatta Village, address irregular issues and liaise with the local task forces on planned parking and health, safety and security measures.

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Nanny Cay Completes Electrical Upgrades; Add Back Up Power For Docks

Mar 17, 2009

Final stage of transformer installationNanny Cay Resort and Marina in the British Virgin Islands, has just completed the final phase of its electrical infrastructure upgrades and can now supply back up power property-wide including all the docks, hotel, new townhouses and office and retail space.

Nanny Cay management has been rolling out the upgrade over the last year. A 600kw generator was installed in September, 2009 and the installation of a transformer near Peg Leg Landing bar and restaurant last week completed the roll out of back up power to the outer end of the 25-acre property, including the docks.

Nanny Cay management has also ensured that there is sufficient extra capacity to meet the power needs of hosted events like the BVI Spring Regatta which will be held March 30 – April 5, and the start of ARC Europe in May.

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