Bigger, Better, Stronger – the 48th BVI Spring Regatta is back!

The BVI Spring Regatta is the one Caribbean Regatta that has something for everyone who attends. Whether you race, cruise, practice or just come to party, they have it all! You can cruise and race your way through the BVI in the weeklong BVI Sailing Festival and Spring Regatta.

Starting at Nanny Cay, the Sailing Festival takes on a carnival-like atmosphere with food, drinks, games and live entertainment. There is two days of warm up racing with the Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup and the Scrub Island Invitational.

After a lay day, complete with BVI Spring Regatta Skipper’s Meeting and Welcome Party, the BVI Spring Regatta kicks off with three days of some of the best racing in the Caribbean, where only the best survive to take home the Gold and the Glory, along with great stories and experiences that keep sailors coming back year after year. You can participate in all five race days of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, be it part or all of the Festival, or the three-day Regatta. With a huge choice of shore side accommodations and activities there’s no need to leave your loved ones at home.

Light Air Challenges Fleet on Day 1 BVI Spring Regatta

 The vibe at the Regatta Village was simply a blast as boats left the docks around 8:30am to make it out to the racecourse in the light air, which presented throughout the day. The 6-7 knots in a southerly breeze made for challenging conditions under hot sunny skies.

Jonathan McKee, an Olympic gold medalist and tactician on the Bieker 53 catamaran Fujin said,”For me it’s a very cool part of the world and a great place to race sailboats. There’s a particular poignancy now after the hurricanes to see these communities recover and to be an active part of that recovery, spending our dollars. I know for our owner Greg (Slyngstad) that is an important aspect of BVI Spring Regatta. He also loves sailing in the BVI and he really wants to invest in the recovery of these places.” McKee puts much of the team’s success down to longevity as a team. Fujin won both races in the Offshore Multihull division. “It was a great day – the fleet was the most competitive offshore multihull fleet we’ve had in the three years I’ve been racing with these guys,” he commented. “Tactics were tricky – in race one we got a good start which was important. It was close on the upwind leg with us, Mach Schnell and Flow battling it out bow-to-bow, which was super fun. Mostly though, we’ve had the same core crew for three years and while we’re still learning the boat, the team just works together really well.”

Mark Sanders from Tortola took first in the Sport Multihull division on Island Hops, a Corsair 31, which was a new boat to him. Sanders previously sailed an Olympic Soling and was in the market for a couple of boats – he was thinking a beach cat and a Tartan 10. The opportunity to purchase the tri came up and he was persuaded to buy it by local Eddie Brockbank, who was racing on Lucky 7, a Corsair Sprint 750. “There was a lot of learning in the light air today,” Sanders said. “It’s 22 years old and needs a few upgrades but it’s absolutely fun – Eddie’s wishing he hadn’t convinced me to buy it!” he laughed.

Day 2

Taking his second consecutive overall win in the Offshore Multihull class, Flow, the Gunboat 60 owned and skippered by Steve Cucchiaro (USA) took two bullets in two races to finish with 6 points. Fujin, the Bieker 53 catamaran owned by Greg Slyngstad (USA), took second, also with 6 points. “We needed to win both races to catch up with Fujin, our toughest competitor – the racing was great and we really enjoyed this regatta. Race Committee did a wonderful job,” says Cucchiaro.

The Corsair 31 Island Hops skippered by Mark Sanders (BVI), racing his first BVI Spring Regatta in the boat, handily won the Sport Multihull division with an 8-point lead over second place Maytrix, a Corsair Sprint 760R, skippered by Richard May (BVI).

A new outright record was set in the Nanny Cay Challenge by Fujin, Greg Slyngstad and his crew on the Bieker 53 catamaran after completing the Round Tortola Race in an elapsed time of 1h 57mins 16mins © BVISR/Michelle Slade

“It was thrilling to see this place buzzing again!” said Miles Sutherland-Pilch, General Manager of Nanny Cay Marina enthused after a fantastic week-long fun-filled event that saw more than 800 sailors on 90+ boats competing. “It’s been incredible to be part of the BVI rebuild and this week to be out on the water on a boat that was recovered from Irma and to win in class. I can’t thank everyone enough for making this happen. Next year is going to be even better!


Sport Multihull
1. Island Hops Corsair 31 Mark Sanders 3 2 1 1 1 8.0
2. Maytrix Corsair Sprint 760R Richard May 1 6 5 2 2 16.0
3.   IVB f27 Whoop Whoop ! Corsair f27 Kevin Rowlette 2 5 2 3 5 17.0
4.   777 Lucky 7 Corsair Sprint 750 Eddie Brockbank 5 1 4 5 3 18.0
5.   ISV 3 Piglet Newick trimaran Joseph San Martin 4 4 3 4 4 19.0
6.   IVB 174 Airgasm Corsair Sprint 760R Barney Crook 6 3 6 7/DNC 7/DNC 29.0


Offshore Multihull
1.   USA 61002 Flow Gunboat 60 Stephen Cucchiaro 2 2 1 1 6.0
2.   USA 5301 Fujin Bieker 53 Catamaran Greg Slyngstad 1 1 2 2 6.0
3.   GB 6601 Coco de Mer Gunboat 66 John Fisher 3 6 3 4 16.0
4.   USA 61006 Arethusa Gunboat 60 Phil Lotz 4 3 4 7 18.0
5.   USA 12 Mach Schnell GunBoat 62 Kent Haeger 5 5 5 3 18.0
6.   6605 FLASH HH66 Dave Welch 6 4 6 5 21.0
7.   COK 2223 Ineffable Rapido 60 trimaran stephen bourne 7 8 7 6 28.0
8.   USA 6202 Chim Chim Gunboat 62 John Gallagher 8 9 8 8 33.0
9.   6008 Moementum Gunboat 60 Fredrik Moe 9 7 9 9 34.0
10.   6203 Zenyatta Gunboat 62 Jonathan Bush 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 44.0
Cruising Multihull
1. Slow Motion Leopard 48 Werner Puche 1 1 2.0


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