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.

The bulk of fleet comprised regular Oyster regattistes joined this year by four first timers: Peter Blackmore’s Oyster 49 Pied Piper; David and Leslie Joyce’s 575 Ayesha II; Stephen Lambert’s Atalanta of London, also a 575; and Ken and Diana Randall’s 72 Infiniti of Cowes. At the opposite end of attendance scale was Oyster 82 Starry Night of the Caribbean with 19 race pennants to her credit, while Richard Smith, a close second, had a tally of 15 aboard his 655 Sotto Vento.

The fleet divided into two classes for racing which included four destination races with one discard. After a start off Nanny Cay, Race One took a wriggly course to Norman Island.  Race Two saw a long beat up to Virgin Gorda and the Bitter End Yacht Club for a lay day followed by two more days of racing with a night between at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

The Oyster fleet was seen off from Nanny Cay with a slap up Caribbean Buffet at Peg Legs…

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