2023

It’s a Wrap! The 50th Anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Concludes

By Michelle Slade / April 3, 2023

Seventy boats and five days of outstanding racing in champagne BVI conditions concluded on Sunday with a fabulous firework display presented by the BVI Government in celebration of the successful conclusion of the 50th Anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Hundreds of competitors, their families, and friends…

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Caribbean Boats Enjoy Big Breeze & Tight Competition at BVI Spring Regatta

By Michelle Slade / April 2, 2023

Paroma, the Salona 44 owned by Luis Balzac, is sailing with a lively crew this week, including a group of four young kids from St John’s High School in Puerto Rico who are learning to race, and 18-year old Lana Coomes who was recently selected to sail the upcoming South Africa to Brazil leg on…

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Repurposing A Former Bareboat For BVI Spring Regatta Racing

By Michelle Slade / April 2, 2023

Nanny Cay is truly home base for Libertas, a Beneteau First 40 owned by Walter Keenan and Chesness Cogswell, and her owners are proud to be keeping her local. She’s racing BVI Spring Regatta this week in Jib and Main and going into the final day of racing is leading a small fleet with three…

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Smile and Wave, That’s the Spirit of this Boat Owner/Skipper

By Michelle Slade / April 1, 2023

Jaime Torres is a fixture around the Caribbean racing scene and has been for decades. He grew up in Puerto Rico and is a funny, lovable, kind person who loves to sail more than anything. His sailing background is a humble story: his dad was in the navy in the…

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J/111 Summer Storm Navigates Highly Competitive CSA Racing 2 at BVI Spring Regatta

By Michelle Slade / April 1, 2023

In 2016, Andy Berdon flew down from Newport, RI, to race the BVI Spring Regatta for the first time and left with a boat; between races, he found a Martin 49 for sale in the yard at Nanny Cay and bought it. The boat was called Defiance and he sailed…

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A Fear of Water Pivots to Crossing Oceans & Mentoring Others

By Michelle Slade / April 1, 2023

Chloe Need has been running sail and race charters on her Salona 44 Moonflower 3 for the past three years. She has not always been a sailor however. She grew up in landlocked Cheshire (UK) where no-one in her family or circle of friends sailed, and, moreover, she was always…

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Rockin’ Red Caps! Thank You Mount Gay Rum!

By Michelle Slade / April 1, 2023

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Team Merlin Celebrates the 50th BVI Spring Regatta with Special Team Award

By Michelle Slade / March 31, 2023

Charlie Garrard and Scott Alexander were quite difficult to interview, only because they made this writer laugh so much. Gerrard was wearing a multicolored tasseled long vest (clearly a back story there so keep reading), and it was near impossible to get a straight answer out of the pair. This…

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One Very Small Woman with Big Skills Helms BVI Spring Regatta for First Time

By Michelle Slade / March 31, 2023

When Dr. Laura Schlessinger moved to Santa Barbara many years ago, she decided to get a sailing boat – referencing the sport, she said good humoredly, “It looks stupid, if you want to go from Point A to Point B just point that way and go with a motor, but…

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BVI Spring Regatta a Warm Windy Sunny Respite for Dutch Team

By Michelle Slade / March 31, 2023

While crews from other boats were scurrying around the docks this morning preparing for day 1 BVI Spring Regatta, a group of gentlemen were calmly enjoying a delightful European style breakfast on the aft deck of their Moorings 48 charter Marty J, in no apparent hurry whatsoever! Team Ferry Tale…

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