Grinover In Charge At 2013 OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, final event day one

The first day of racing in the British Virgin Islands at the the 2013 OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Island Sailing Series (M32VISS), Caribbean Championship hosted by Peter Island Resort and Spa presented three races and some very challenging, shifty breeze for the opening day of competition. Emerging as first overall is Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima. Dalton DeVos aboard Delta is seated in second, followed by Jaime Torres on Smile and Wave in third. [Read more…]

Last minute charters for BVI Spring Regatta

Quokka avaliable for charter at BVI Spring Regatta

The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival includes an extremely competitive charter boat fleet and Gold Sponsor, The Moorings and contributing sponsor, Sunsail, have already chartered out most of their available fleet for the regatta.

However, several charter opportunities still exist for full teams or even individuals who want to join a boat. Full details can be found on the Charter pages of the event website. [Read more…]

Countdown to the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

Beneteau First 42, Molto Bene enjoys some ‘hot racing’ during the 2012 event Credit: Todd van Sickle

25-31 March – BVI Spring Regatta – Warm Water Hot racing Guaranteed!

With less than three weeks to go until the 42nd edition of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival at Nanny Cay, a truly international cast is making ready to take centre stage in our beautiful sailing grounds.

The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival has always attracted sailors from around the world to take part and this year is no exception. Entries from at least 12 different nations will compete and include: Australia, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Luxembourg, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands. [Read more…]

Mark Plaxton’s Melges 32 Team INTAC earns “Most Worthy Performance Overall” for the 2013 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Team INTAC collect their award

The final day of the 33rd annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta closed in outstanding fashion last evening at the traditional prizegiving ceremony – followed by an evening of world-class musical entertainment, headlined by the Grammy winning Motown legends, The Commodores-on Kim Sha Beach.

The evening’s top prize-the St. Maarten Cup-for the regatta’s Most Worthy Performance Overall went to Mark Plaxton’s Melges 32, Team INTAC, the winner of the event’s highly competitive sport boat class, CSA 8. Plaxton’s team did not lose a race in capturing the division, comprised largely of Melges 32s and 24s.”It’s a real honor to receive this award,” said Plaxton, who is based in the BVI and whose crew included Canadian Olympic sailor Richard Clarke and St. Thomas native Taylor Canfield. That same trio of Canfield, Clarke and Plaxton actually kicked off their highly successful week of sailing off St. Maarten by winning the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup. [Read more…]

Top Boats Make Statements at the 2013 Gill Commodore’s Cup, the Kick-off to the 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Photo by Bob Grieser

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – In a stunning preview of coming attractions, forty-five boats in four spinnaker-flying divisions set sail today in the sparkling waters of St. Maarten to race in the Gill Commodore’s Cup, the tune-up event to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The traditional warm-up series is sponsored by Gill, the regatta’s official technical apparel supplier. [Read more…]