The 43rd BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival will take place between March 31st to April 6, 2014.

The week long sailfest includes a newly formatted 3-day Sailing Festival followed by the three-day BVI Spring Regatta starting on Friday. The Regatta includes the International Yacht Club Challenge and culminates in the awards ceremony for the overall prize winners on Sunday.

The BVI Spring Regatta and the Sailing Festival is now one of the top three Caribbean sailing events, with an average of 120 yachts per year with 80% of the competitors from overseas. The BVI Spring Regatta began in 1971 and eventually led to the formation of the BVI Yacht Club. From there, a Yachting Federation emerged, which eventually gained membership in the Royal International Yacht Racing Union in 1982.

Winners Awarded at 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival

Yachts racing in the BVI Spring Regatta round Flannagan Island (Photo: Todd VanSickle)

Sunshine and 20-plus knot breeze welcomed participants to the final day of the 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in Tortola. Three consecutive days of great racing made for an exciting weekend for competitors and the week-long festival drew more than 3,500 visitors to Nanny Cay. [Read more…]

Great Racing At BVI Spring Regatta Sets Stage for Final Day

Tonnerre de Breskens – Credit: Todd vanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta

Blue skies and strong breeze welcomed racers to the course on Day 2 of the 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in Tortola. Winds were up between 14-20 knots throughout the day, creating great racing conditions for the fleet on all three courses.

“Yesterday, the driving was more difficult and racing overall was more challenging. Today, you couldn’t ask for more perfect racing conditions,” said Jamie Torres, skipper of the Melges 32, Smile and Wave. “So, the challenge was to stay focused on the target, which was to beat Lazy Dog – our competition. It was about consistency and steady driving. It wasn’t shifty, so it was all a matter of boat speed and boat handling. And, we did exceptionally well.”

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Wet and Wild on Day 1 of Racing in the BVI Spring Regatta

Chris Haycraft’s Pipedream, racing on the SOL course in Racing 3 Division – Credit: Todd vanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta

Friday marked the first day of racing at the 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival as 82 boats were set for one of the three courses. Waves of rain squalls and winds gusting over 20 knots kept racing interesting and fun for the participants.

“It was all sorts of conditions – we had big rainy squalls, we had light spots, we had holes, big puffs and knock-downs,” said Michael Meyer from St. Thomas – a trimmer onboard the J/122 El Ocaso who is sailing in his 10th BVI Spring Regatta. “We did very good the first two races – a first and second – and in the third race we kind of had a meltdown with the weather and some equipment failures, so didn’t do too well. But, overall it was a great day.”

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BVI Spring Regatta Moves Into Full Swing

Thad Lettsome (left side of baton); Glenford Gordon (holding baton) and local optimist sailors with the Queen’s Baton Credit: Todd vanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta

The 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival’s Regatta Village at Nanny Cay opened with Maritime Heritage Day and a full schedule of activities. The Queen’s Baton Relay made an official stop in the Regatta Village to begin the celebration. International food, drinks and fun were served late into the night after the Mount Gay Welcome Party kicked off the official BVI Spring Regatta. [Read more…]

Tonnerre de Breskens 3 celebrates 5 years with Nanny Cay Cup Round Tortola Race win

Racing at the 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival got underway today with the Nanny Cay Cup Round Tortola Race. With light winds expected, the course was adjusted and the boats did not race around Tortola, but instead took a 14-mile, easterly course. It did not change the fleet’s agenda as Tonnerre de Breskens 3 won overall and Highland Fling XII took line honors.  [Read more…]