A Spring Regatta to Remember
With over 100 yachts competing from countries from throughout the world, with at least 18 classes and courses designed to take racers on unparalleled tours of the BVI’s stunning waters, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is the British Virgin Islands’ top racing event.
The BVI Sailing Festival will kick off on March 28th with Sailing Festival registration and a Welcome Party at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina featuring food, camaraderie and Caribbean music. Over the next few days there will be a series of warm-up races, events and activities that are action packed and family friendly. A highlight of the Festival is always the Maritime Heritage Day when the BVI’s traditional island sloops – some dating to the early 1900s – will compete.
This is the 45th year for the event’s main draw – the BVI Spring Regatta. Starting in 1972 as a two-day race and just a couple dozen competitors, the Regatta is now one of the Territory’s biggest tourism draws.
This year, Regatta registration and the annual Mount Gay Welcome Party will be held on Thursday, March 31st. Racing begins on Friday, April 1 with a series of windward/leeward courses that takes racers past and around many of the BVI's picturesque islands. Racing continues with two more days of hot competition on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd.
Every evening there will be post race activities, food, drink and music at Nanny Cay. Food kiosks serving delicious fare from island restaurants, a drinks tent to make sure no one goes thirsty and retail booths sporting Regatta gear create a village-like atmosphere. Local bands and DJs will keep the party spirit going until late in the evening; TV screens will show race highlights and the day's scores will be circulated to racers’ smart phones and tablets. Popular with both residents and racers, the swimsuit fashion show features local models strutting around the Nanny Cay pool in Caribbean swimwear.
At Sunday afternoon’s awards ceremony, there will be trophies, more music, and spectacular fireworks, bringing this 45th regatta to a fitting close. “Our international partnerships, venue, parties and race officers make this a top regatta in the region,” says Judy Petz, the Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Director, “The 45th anniversary is on track to be another successful weeklong event featuring Warm Water, Hot Racing and Cool Parties. It's not to be missed.”