The BVI Spring Regatta is almost here!!
With less than three weeks to go until the start of the 42nd BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, a truly international cast is preparing to take centre stage in the beautiful sailing grounds off Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival has always attracted sailors from around the world to take part and this year is no exception. Entries from at least twelve different nations will compete and include: Australia, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Luxembourg, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands.
The allure of racing in some of the most scenic, varied and challenging waters on the planet is the reason that most competitors return each year. Uniquely, the BVI Spring Regatta race course takes place in the Atlantic Ocean, the Sir Francis Drake Channel and the Caribbean Sea.
Many competitors are looking forward to leaving behind a freezing cold winter and heading for the ‘Warm Water, Hot Racing’ promises of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival.
Just ask David Sampson from Australia. Having competed in 2011, he will be back again with the largest boat in the fleet – a Alia 82, Aiyana (Mona Vale, AUS). Built in 2010, it will be hard to miss the 82 foot blue hull with its very sleek low profile lines.
The courses are good and the sailing in and around the BVI is fantastic! We look forward to the nice weather, steady breeze and competitive racing with similar types of yachts. Because Aiyana is really a cruising yacht, we prefer to try and race against similar types of boats and that is why we target the super yacht events and the BVI Spring Regatta. Last time we raced a Swan 60 and a few other larger cruising boats with similar ratings, it was good fun. There is always a great atmosphere at Nanny Cay and the islands in general, so it’s always enjoyable. The BVI are one of the best places I’ve been to for sailing and I have sailed professionally for 18 years,’ says Sampson.
Richard Wesslund’s J120, El Ocaso from Miami Florida (USA) had one of their best Caribbean racing seasons ever in 2012 and are hoping to repeat their class win at this year’s BVI Spring regatta. Their highly competitive team get to vote on which regattas they attend each year and are looking forward to coming back to compete at the BVI Spring Regatta once more.
The week-long sail fest runs from 25-31 March and includes a newly formatted 3-day Sailing Festival (March 25-28), followed by the 3-day BVI Spring Regatta starting on Friday 29th March. The Regatta includes the International Yacht Club Challenge and culminates in the awards ceremony for the overall prize winners on Easter, Sunday 31st March.