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49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - 30 March - 5 April 2020 © Alastair Abrehart
49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - 30 March - 5 April 2020 © Alastair Abrehart

49th BVI Spring Regatta

Sailing in the beautiful warm waters of the British Virgin Islands as part of the 49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (BVISR) is now possible in accordance with BVI Government protocols currently in place.

Entry and travel details are listed on the BVI Gateway site. The BVISR is scheduled to take place on March 29- April 4, 2021, starting with the Sailing Festival, a warmup to the BVI Spring Regatta and an opportunity for visitors arriving by flight to quarantine, followed by the traditional spring regatta three-day racing series.

Under current protocols, visitors arriving by flight to the British Virgin Islands will be tested upon arrival and must quarantine for four days prior to being re-tested. Since sailors in quarantine can anchor or moor at any number of the many stunning BVI bays, race organizers are proposing an alternate racing schedule for the Sailing Festival to allow those in quarantine on their boats to enjoy day racing to various islands. Organizers are hopeful that with careful planning, they may also be able to include the traditional Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup, or a full race around the islands, weather dependent.

“The Sailing Festival, a warmup to the BVI Spring Regatta, gives crews an opportunity to learn their boat, the BVI waters, and their crew,” Bob Phillips, Race Chairman, commented. “Making the best of unusual circumstances we are reviewing different possibilities and it may be that sailors will see more of the islands, safely complete their quarantine, and be ready for the three-days of Spring Regatta racing starting on Friday with Mount Gay Race Day.”

“As with all the events being held in the Caribbean, online registration, electronic Official Notice Board, online International Jury and social-distanced shoreside activities will be a primary focus,” Judy Petz, Regatta Director, stated. “We will ensure safe ways to make sure the spirit of camaraderie, cold beers and rum will be available.”

The race committee will create challenging races each day for all competitive classes including Racing, Cruising, Bareboat, Multihull, and Sports Multihull. Please contact the Regatta Committee with your questions: info@bvispringregatta.org

Registration open here.

If there is ever a time to get back to doing what you love this is the year to join in for the 49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Warm water. Hot racing. Lots of cold beer.

by Trish Jenkins

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