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Join us for Warm Water and Hot Racing at the most fun sailing regatta in the Caribbean, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival where the fun dial is full-on, and the racing and parties are the best that the Caribbean has to offer.

The seven-day event starts on Monday April 1 (no joke) with the Sailing Festival opening day festivities and skipper pack collection.

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

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 as well as many from…

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

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…


Repurposing A Former Bareboat For BVI Spring Regatta Racing

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

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 50s and 60s, and when…

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

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 her from Nanny Cay back…

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A Fear of Water Pivots to Crossing Oceans & Mentoring Others

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 terrified of the water. When…


Rockin’ Red Caps! Thank You Mount Gay Rum!

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

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 story is what we learned…


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

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 I had to try the…