INTAC wins PegLegs Round Tortola Race; sets new Nanny Cay Challenge Monohull Record

In the 43rd annual Peg Legs Round Tortola Race on Saturday (Nov 17), Melges 32 INTAC vanquished trimaran Triple Jack to take overall honours and set a new monohull record in the Nanny Cay Challenge.  Completing the circumnavigation in 3 hours, 57 minutes and 36 seconds, INTAC took 17 minutes and 29 seconds off the time set by Jurakan, another Melges 32, in the 2009 race.  Triple Jack was first across the line matching her 2009 time of 3 hours and 33 minutes, and 24 minutes ahead of INTAC, but the time difference was not enough to win on corrected time.  Pipe Dream was second overall and Reba was third.  Girasoli won the cruising class.

Mark Plaxton, skipper of INTAC said: “All of the crew of Team INTAC really had a great day participating in the Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race.  Several members of the crew took turns driving the boat, doing tactics, trimming sails, and of course we all took turns hiking hard during this long hard race.  Each crew member played a critical role in achieving the monohull best elapsed time record and winning the overall first place corrected time prize.

“Round Tortola has always been a favorite race of mine and to have been fortunate enough to be part of a winning team for the tenth time and beat the mono hull record with such an awesome group of guys was a real treat.  Thank to Nanny Cay, the RBVIYC, race officers Bob Phillips and Judy Petz, and all the other volunteers for their hard work in hosting and running a great event that has stood the test of time for 43 years as an awesome race and very fun event.”

 Sixteen yachts competed in the 36-mile race including IC24s that took over six hours to complete the course; one did not finish.  Diva, the 30 Square Meter, took almost seven hours to finish.  She sailed under jib alone from Cane Garden Bay on the north side of Tortola after a spreader failure and not wanting to risk another Round Tortola Race dismasting.

The fleet started in Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny Cay and then head anti-clockwise around Tortola. After the beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the fleet turned the corner at Great Camanoe and headed on a downward run to West End where, after a quick wiggle through Soper’s Hole, it was a beat back to the finish line off Nanny Cay.

Plaxton concluded: “It’s only a matter of time before someone takes this record out. So, if, the wind is blowing more that 14 to 15 knots, Team INTAC will be looking to beat its personal best time of 3 hours, 57 minutes and 36 seconds in an effort to try and hold off the next team from doing it too quickly.”

In support of men’s health and BVI Movember, Owen Waters, Mark Cochran, Craig Chomiak, Roy Keegan and Andrew Thompson paddle boarded from the top of Beef Island to Soper’s Hole.  They landed 12.72 miles later in times ranging from 3 hours to 3 hours and 20 minutes.  “Things got pretty blurry at the end, out of water, out of steam, out of inspiration to live,” said one of the paddlers.

Results (Corrected times) 

Racing Class
1 INTAC Mark Plaxton 0.00
2 Pipe Dream Peter Haycraft +9.03
3 Reba Jon Charlton +11.09
4 Boomorang Pat Nolan +11.54
5 Rushin Rowlette Kevin Rowlette +13.53
6 Firewater Henry Leonnig +26.53
7 Cold Beer Warren Thring +45.34
8 Grey Ghost Mike Finley +54.15
9 Diva Robin Tattersall +137.0
10 SeaHawk Teo Reshetiloff DNF
Multihull Class    
1 Triple Jack Steve Davis 0.00
2 Wildfire John Hayes +26.15
3 Kastor Pollox Jerzy Poprawski +56.21
Cruising Class
1 Girasoli Keith LiGreci 0.00
2 Wicked Winch David Lake Jr. +27.12
3 Ginger Bruce Fletcher +39.09


Nanny Cay Challenge

Nanny Cay launched the Nanny Cay Challenge for the round Tortola record in 2010.  Yachts visiting the British Virgin Islands are invited to make an attempt to beat the latest round Tortola records.

It’s an all-comer, any-day event, starting and finishing off Nanny Cay.  Competitors must attempt the record anti-clockwise and round Beef, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port.  An entry fee of a $250 donation to a BVI charity of the challenger’s choice will include two night’s dockage (before and after attempt) at Nanny Cay.

As with most sailing events, the reward is in the taking part and bragging rights but record breakers will be able to celebrate their feat with a free dinner at PegLegs for up to 15 crewmembers and a jeroboam of champagne compliments of Nanny Cay.  Record breakers also get their name on the perpetual trophy which is on display year-round in PegLegs Restaurant.

“It’s great to see crews going for the Nanny Cay Challenge, and congratulations to the INTAC crew for taking the monohull record which has stood for three years,” said Miles Sutherland-Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay.  “I’m really looking forward to see who else comes forward over the next few months to take the record from these BVI-based boats.”

INTAC’s $250 entry fee for the Nanny Cay Challenge was donated to KATS.


Record Holders


INTAC           Mark Plaxton                                                  November 17, 2012

3 hrs, 57 mins, 36 Secs


Triple Jack      Richard Wooldridge/Steve Davis                    October 25 2012

2 hrs, 40 mins, 18 secs

Trimaran Triple Jack holds the outright and multihull Round Tortola Record of 2 hours, 40 minutes and 18 seconds.  She snatched her record back on Thursday October 25 in the Nanny Cay Challenge, taking 10 minutes off Formula 40 Soma’s record time set in April 2010 (2 hours, 50 minutes and 15 seconds).  The vintage 34-year old Kelsall One-Off shattered her benchmark time of 3 hours and 33 minutes set in the 2009 Round Tortola Race.

To enter the Nanny Cay Challenge, challengers should contact Miles Sutherland-Pilch, General Manager, Tel: (284) 494 2512,

Competitors in the 2013 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival will also have a chance to contest the record; a Round Tortola Race will kick off the Sailing Festival on Tuesday, March 26.  The entry fee has been waived and Nanny Cay will donate $250 to a local charity if the record is broken.

Nanny Cay Resort & Marina is located between Road Town and West End on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Its fully equipped marina and boat repair facility has berths for 180 motor cruisers and yachts and two boat lifts of 50 and 70 tons capacity. Nanny Cay also includes a 40-room hotel and new waterfront townhouses for purchase and rental, two restaurants. a chandlery, a small supermarket, shops and boutiques, a dive shop, a water sports center, free WiFi service, and a gym and spa.