It has been a year of expedited recovery and the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival hasn’t missed a beat.
The stage is set for the 48th edition to begin on March 25-31, 2019. With slogans of “No Fear – Just Great Racing and Fun” as well as “Building BVI Back Bigger – Better – Stronger”, regatta director, Judy Petz said “The energy and spirit of sailing in the BVIs takes more than category five hurricanes to keep people from coming back to sail and race. We are open, ready, and excited to welcome sailors from around the world to come for the first time or back again.”
There will be many new and exciting additions including two marinas at the host sponsor and venue, Nanny Cay Resort and Marina. The additional new docks will be available for more boats to stay at the marina. Race week will include the traditional Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup on Tuesday, followed by Scrub Island Invitational as the second day of racing in the Sailing Festival.
The sponsors are eager to support the event to bring crews, families, and friends back to the BVIs. Mount Gay Rum, our longest running sponsor will have the first Mount Gay Day Race on Friday March 29th. The Moorings and Sunsail have fleets of new boats to charter for racing, or cruising for those who want to just join the party. Sunsail, which has supported the International Yacht club Challenge for nine years, which is an opportunity for yacht clubs from around the world to send a team of their best sailors to compete. Winner takes all with a free Sunsail charter to use to come back and defend their championship.
The European competitors will be happy with new airline connections on interCaribbean Airways, who now offer more routes from around the islands and connections from the UK, Europe, and South America. Cape Air has upped their flights from the USA and Canada coming through neighboring Puerto Rico. Having more options and choices allows everyone easier access to the British Virgin Islands.
Local sponsors are critical to the event and partnerships with the BVI Tourist Board, Sea Hawk paints, SOL, Carib beer and many, many more will make the Regatta Village ay Nanny Cay colorful and fun to return to for the “after racing parties”. Plenty of good food, cold drinks, and great music for dancing on the beach and under the stars.
The BVI is open for business and ready to have lots of fun for the 2019 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Registration is open and available at Yacht Scoring.For more information check out our BVIspringregatta.org