History and Reminiscing, BVI Spring Regatta Celebrates 40 Years

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(BVI), December 7, 2010  Although some may think that when the BVI Spring Regatta incorporated one design racing into the event in 2005, new ground was being broken. Well think again. As the 40th Anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is being planned, March 28 – April 3, 2011, the archives have been dusted off. Squibs have emerged as the first one design class sailing in the inaugural BVI Spring Regatta of 1972. The sailors that raced and cruised that 19’ boat in the early days are part of the BVI Spring Regatta and the British Virgin Islands heritage and include El Richardson and Lis Harley; Roosevelt Smith, brothers Keith and Peter Barker, Peter and Barbara Bailey, and Olaf and Patsy Nissen