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Taking the Family Home Around the Racecourse!

By Michelle Slade / April 7, 2024

Ronald Prins (NED) is the owner of Stardust, a 2023 Windelo54 catamaran, which he and his family – his wife Elsine and kids Julian (10) and Robin (8) – picked up newly built from the Windelo shipyard in the south of France in the summer of 2023. This week they’ve…

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BVI Spring Regatta: 51 Years Later the Kids are Still Racing

By Michelle Slade / April 7, 2024

Doug Stewart and Susan Harney hold the distinction of being the offspring of Albie Stewart and Peter Haycraft, co-organizers of the first BVI Spring Regatta some 51 years ago. This week the two childhood friends are racing in Jib and Main class on Libertas, a Beneteau 40 owned by Walter Keenan and currently in first…

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Dad and Daughter Rock the Melges 24

By Michelle Slade / April 6, 2024

Frits Bus and his crew, including his daughter Berit, are racing the Melges 24 Team Island Water World, sitting in second place in class after day one of racing BVI Spring Regatta. Bus has been competing at the regatta since 1982 and for many years he would sail the 24-foot boat the 100 miles, give…

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Pay to Play Perfect Option for Sailors Looking for Sailing Fun

By Michelle Slade / April 6, 2024

Germaine Williams was supposed to go sailing one day when he was about 12 years old but it was too windy, so he didn’t go on that particular day. It was some ten years later when he was in his early 20s that a challenge to achieve something he’d always wanted to do came along.…

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Sharing BVI Culture with a Maritime Twist

By Michelle Slade / April 6, 2024

Dr. Katherine Smith, historian and BVI Director of Culture, was instrumental in helping orchestrate a beautiful art exhibit for the opening night of the BVI Spring Regatta reflecting the maritime traditions of the BVI.  Sophie Stanton, a local art promoter, helped organize a stunning parade of painted sails each showing the evolution of local maritime…

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Passing the Passion: Desmond Family Carry On Tradition of Caribbean Sailing

By Michelle Slade / April 5, 2024

After college Jon Desmond spent four years in his early 20s sailing the Caribbean on his dad Jack’s Swan 48 Affinity and that’s how he got to know all the islands around the BVI. “We raced Affinity around the Caribbean on the circuit – St Maarten, Antigua, St Thomas, BVI, and the boat went back…

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Making BVI Whoopie on Whoop Whoop

By Michelle Slade / April 5, 2024

Racing this week in the Sport Multihull division are six boats, all local and crewed by locals who know the BVI waters like nobody else. They have been sailing with and against each other for years. To say this fleet is highly competitive, well…you figure that out. Henry Leonnig, Gerard Kraakman, and Hugh Pritchard Jones…

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A Caribbean Change of Pace for Enright

By Michelle Slade / April 4, 2024

Charlie Enright finished up with his third consecutive challenge for The Ocean Race last July and has since been winding down that project while taking some time to find the next thing. The “next thing” this week just happens to be in the British Virgin Islands on the Gunboat 68 Convexity2 owned by Don Wilson, and he’s enjoying the change of pace.

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Scrub Island Invitational: A Perfect Cocktail of Racing and Relaxing

By Michelle Slade / April 4, 2024

Today’s winners in the Scrub Island Invitational included Terry McLaughlin sailing on Sul Vento, a Sunsail 41 in the Bareboat division. Racing for the first time at BVI Spring Regatta with Steve Denure, his J105 boat partner in Toronto, Canada, McLaughlin’s successfully finding his way around racing a charter boat.

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Jim Proctor: 20+ Years Herding sailors to BVI Spring Regatta

By Michelle Slade / April 3, 2024

Jim Proctor is sailing this week on a chartered Moorings 45. He’s become famous at BVI Spring Regatta over the years for herding sailors from everywhere around the US and bringing them to BVI Spring Regatta to race, sometimes these people are complete novices never having been on a boat. However, Proctor loves to charter as many boats as he has friends to fill them, and these friends love to come back to BVI Spring Regatta.

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