BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
March 30 – April 5, 2020
The 49th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival will take place from March 30 to April 5, 2020. The BVI Spring Regatta and the Sailing Festival is one of the top three Caribbean sailing events, with an average of 110 yachts per year, with 60% of the competitors from overseas. The BVI Spring Regatta is jointly owned by the Royal BVI Yacht Club and the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association.
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, we have it all! The week-long BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival takes you throughout the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Starting at Nanny Cay, the Sailing Festival is two days of warm-up racing. The Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup and the Scrub Island Invitational give sailors a chance to see more of the islands of the BVI.
Superb racing competition, conditions and camaraderie await sailors of all levels at the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Some 800 sailors and crew from around the world will descend on the beautiful island of Tortola to take advantage of springtime Caribbean race conditions: Trade breezes, sun and warm water.
“The BVI is the mecca for sailing for three very important reasons,” Bob Phillips, Regatta Chairman said. “With its 64 islands and rocks, you never run out of interesting and challenging places to sail. We have protected water in the Sir Francis Drake Channel where most of the racing is done, so even when trade winds are blowing their normal 15, 18, and 20 knots, you still have comfortable conditions for most sailors with the opportunity for ocean-like conditions if desired. We have it all!”
With all the choices that the BVI has with natural lay marks and islands, Race Committee has multiple course possibilities to tap into, to mix up the racing each race day. Race officers initiate the design of courses on the water to match the tactical conditions, especially in shifting weather so that racing is always challenging.
“Not only is the racing superb, but for those who want to combine a race holiday with cruising before or after, our islands are unbelievably lush, with anchorages every 20 minutes – it’s just a comfortable, beautiful place to sail,” Phillips added.
Some 60% of the BVI Spring Regatta fleet comprises sailors who return year after year, excited for the racing conditions and the opportunity to meet new people as well as reunite with long-time sailing friends.
Local BVI sailors never tire of their “backyard” racing. Mark Sanders from Tortola will be racing his Corsair 31 Island Hops in which he handily won the Sport Multihull class last year with an 8-point lead.
“I have always enjoyed the BVI Spring Regatta from both a social perspective but more so the actual racing element itself,” Sanders said. “The competition is fierce, with many talented racers from all over participating. Last year’s Round the Island race gave us record breaking conditions of SE 18-24kts, it was a day to remember. We took Island Hops in over 20kts for the first time, under jib and main alone, then rounded the eastern point of Scrub, launched our rather large Code, and took off like a robber’s dog! Island Hops was one of only five boats out of 55 to complete the rounding, which we did in under 3 hours – about the same as the Volvo 70, but on a slightly smaller budget!”
Racing in the highly competitive sports multihull fleet and knowing local conditions intimately, Joe San Martin, from St Croix says the BVI Spring Regatta offers the perfect racing environment. He has raced the event 17 times on Piglet, his 23′ Newick trimaran, the first of the small trimarans to enter the Regatta almost 20 years ago. Since then, local BVI sailors have embraced sports trimarans with some 8 boats expected to compete this year.
“All those islands as rounding marks!” San Martin stated. “We absolutely love the venue and everything in Nanny Cay. The Nanny Cay staff are committed and involved in the event – there is no better in the Caribbean.”
Dave Brennan, Principal Race Officer, has been officiating BVI Spring Regatta for almost 20 years. He’s raced all his life, starting in dinghies then big boats in offshore distance racing. “I’ve been to a lot of different venues and situations and just love racing in the BVI where the sailing is absolutely brilliant – we can sail in crystal-clear deep water right up to huge big rocks that come out of 300 feet of water. We like to mix up the courses to give racers two or three options of rocks to go around – it’s a fun and different kind of approach to decision making and competitors don’t all have to go around same course.”
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