Shotgunn: A Cape 31 Love Affair

By bvisr / April 5, 2024

Michael Wilson and his wife Helen, who reside on the Isle of Man, spent last year sailing Shotgunn in Southampton and the Isle of Wight where the Cape 31 circuit was sailed. They kept the boat in Southampton, learned a lot, brought good people onto the team, and were fortunate enough to win the UK season.

As the pair worked on which regattas to do this year, they decided on the Med circuit and the Caribbean.

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Lee Overlay Partners II - photo by Rick Tomlinson

Offshore Racing; It’s in the Family

By Michelle Slade / March 11, 2024

Returning to the BVI to cruise for the first time in many years, and to race BVI Spring Regatta for the first time aboard Lee Overlay Partners II, his Swan 60, Adrian Lee is looking forward to re-familiarising himself with the area and spending time with his family.

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Wavewalker, Swan 58

Wavewalker: It’s A Family Affair

By Michelle Slade / February 9, 2024

Woody Cullen and two of his three kids, Emma (26) and Craig (24), sailed WaveWalker, their new-to-them Swan 58 from Spain to Antigua in early 2023, arriving in the British Virgin Islands just in time for their first BVI Spring Regatta.

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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…

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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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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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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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On Board with Pro Sailors Alec Anderson & Tony Rey

By Michelle Slade / March 30, 2023

At BVI Spring Regatta, it’s always a pleasure to host fast and well-crewed boats and the event certainly appreciates the commitment it takes to get boats and crews to the BVI. Fortunately, sailors of all experience levels love sailing and racing in the BVI, so when pro sailor and Tortola-raised…

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Sailing and Music = Rumba Fish!

By Michelle Slade / March 29, 2023

With three serious musicians on board and a history of writing songs to accompany their Caribbean racing charters, team Rumba Fish are proud to share their latest creation – also called Rumba Fish – written and performed especially for the BVI Spring Regatta 50th Anniversary. Team Rumba Fish are a…

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BVI Spring Regatta Final Stop for Double-Handing Gals

By Michelle Slade / March 28, 2023

Kate Cope checked off a bucket list goal in January: racing double handed across the Atlantic in the RORC Transatlantic Race. She sailed on Purple Mist, her Sunfast 3200R2, with Claire Dresser, 54, from Hamble, UK. The 56-year-old from Ascot, UK, bought her boat new in December 2018 and made significant modifications for short-handed sailing,…

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