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, an international cast is preparing to take center 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 nations will compete, including 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 planet’s most scenic, varied, and challenging waters is why most competitors return each year. The BVI Spring Regatta race course uniquely occurs in the Atlantic Ocean, the Sir Francis Drake Channel, and the Caribbean Sea.
Many competitors look 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 return with the largest boat in the fleet – and 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 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 a cruising yacht, we prefer to try and race against similar types of boats, so we target the superyacht events and the BVI Spring Regatta. The 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 is 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 hopes to repeat their class wins at this year’s BVI Spring regatta. Their highly competitive team gets to vote on which regattas they attend each year and are looking forward to returning 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.
UPDATE: The next BVI Spring Regatta is on April 1 to 7, 2024. For more details, check out their website.