Build Your Own Boat at the Aruba International Regatta

The 6th Annual Aruba International Regatta takes place 15, 16 and 17 August at the Surfside Beach, Aruba. New this year is a self-build boat race, a stand-up paddleboard competition and micro-boat races.

Last year, two boat builders, Yair Lichtenstein and Rik van der Vaart, demonstrated that it is possible to build your own boat with basic materials. This year they will be joined by other boat building enthousiasts that will share their love for inventive and classic boat building techniques.

The result of their joint effort, which can be either rowed or motored with a small outboard, will be sold during the prize-giving ceremony of the event and net proceeds will go to the sailing school for kids (SYWA). With their unique action, the two boat builders hope to show that a lovely wooden vessel can be built in relatively little time and with not much expertise. The design of the boat is a John Welsford Seagull; the boat can easily hold three people and glides through the water with ease. The wood needed to build the Seagull is entirely sponsored by Kooyman, in support of the International Sailing Regatta.  The boat will be sold unpainted, so that the new owner can decide on its color and finishing touches in close cooperation with Rik and Yair. 

For more information visit the Aruba International Facebook Regatta page:

Aruba International Regatta

The 6th Annual Aruba International Regatta takes place August 15, 16 and 17. It takes place at Surfside Beach, next to the airport in Aruba. There will be some 80 sails on the water off the beach between the Airport and Oranjestad, including a fleet of beach cats.

New this year will be a self-built boat race, a Stand Up Paddleboard competition and micro-boat races. Spectators can watch the action right from the beach. For more information visit the Aruba International Regatta Facebook page:

Registration takes place 9 August between 4-6pm at the Regatta Office at the Surfside Beach. Registration fees are as follows:

  • Yachts: USD 120, 4 t-shirts + dinner/lunch/drinks tickets for 4 participants.
  • Sunfish: USD 30, 1 t-shirt + dinner/lunch/drinks tickets for 1 participant.
  • Beachcat: USD 60, 2 t-shirt + dinner/lunch/drinks tickets for 2 participants.
  • Optimist: USD 20, 1 t-shirt + dinner/lunch/drinks tickets for 1 participant.
  • Windsurf: USD 30, 1 t-shirt + dinner/lunch/drinks tickets for 1 participant.
  • Kitesurf: USD 30, 1 t-shirt + dinner//lunch/drinks tickets for 1 participant.
  • Participants under 18 pay USD 20

You can pre-register for the races via our contact form or call (+297) 56 56 887.


2014 KATS’s Premier Cup Regatta

On Saturday and Sunday, 19th and 20th July, Kids And The Sea (KATS) BVI along with Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs of the BVI, and platinum sponsors Nanny Cay, Digicel and Nagico Insurances,  will host the Annual Premier’s Cup International Youth Regatta and Nanny Cay Marina.

The event is the only youth sailing event in the Caribbean. It brings together young people between the ages of 10 and 18 for a weekend of fellowship and competition.

The public is welcome to attend the event in Nanny Cay, meet the youth competitors and watch the action. Shore side events will take place in addition to the race activity.

Click here to download the registration form.

Summer Sailing Camps in the Caribbean

An aerial view of the British Virgin Islands, a popular sailing camp destination

Summer sailing camps give young people a hand-on, interactive experience of sailing and other water sports. It also gives them a chance to make new friends with a similar interest. It is ideal for most young people 12+ as students must have the maturity to live away from home in a Caribbean country. They will not only experience sailing, but world travel and a new culture which provides for a wonderful but overwhelming experience.

Sail Caribbean has been offering camps in the British Virgin Islands for the last thirty years.“We accept students from 11 to 22-years-old and have designed some adventures for specific age groups and areas of focus. Examples are our cultural exchange Tango trip for 11 to 13-year-olds, where campers work with other kids from Tortola’s Youth Empowerment Project on environmental initiatives, and our Echo leadership program for college students, where participants plan and navigate their own voyages aboard a 50ft monohull sailboat learning skills such as coastal and offshore navigation, passage-making, anchoring/docking, boat systems, and safety at sea in the process,” says Mike Liese, founder and director of Sail Caribbean.

Sailing campers learn what it is like to be part of a sailing crew and learn more much than sailing – they even take part in cooking and cleaning activities onboard. The estimated cost of summer sailing camps range from $3,000 for 14-days to over $5,000 per camper for 21-days.

Visit the Sail Caribbean website for more information.


50 Compete in Leverick Bay Dinghy Poker Run

2014 Leverick Bay Poker Run

Last weekend, 50 people completed in the 7th Annual Leverick Bay Dinghy Poker Run – a fundraising event for Virgin Gorda Animal Rescue and Control.

$2,500 was raised in total and some of the participants even included service dogs. “They don’t really like getting pelted with water”, siad Ms. Roberta Haver, who competed with friends and two service dogs. Ms. Haver and other participants dressed up as pirates and carried squirt guns to launch a splash assault on other competitors.

The event this year was recorded to have twice as many participants as last year.