Tortola, British Virgin Islands - March 27 - APRIL 2, 2023

The Organizing Authority (OA) is the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and the Royal BVI Yacht Club.


  1. RULES

1.1.      The Regatta will be governed by:

  1. The rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
  2. CSA Rating Rules
  3. The Class Rules for those classes sailing as One Design
  4. Each boat shall carry a VHF radio to be used exclusively for the purpose of safety and race committee communications.

1.2.      The Racing Rules of Sailing are changed as follows:

  1. Rule 52 will not apply.
  2. Rule 44.1 is changed. The penalty for a boat breaking a rule of PART 2 will be One-Turn.
  3. Rule 90.2 (c) is changed. On the water changes to the sailing instructions will be announced by VHF radio.
  4. Rule 63.1 is changed. For protests involving an alleged infringement of a rule of PART 2, an arbitration hearing will be offered prior to a jury hearing.
  5. Rule 62.1 (a) is changed. Failure to receive any race committee announcements transmitted over VHF radio will not be grounds for redress.
  6. Rule 76.1 is changed to delete "Before the start of the first race".

2.1.      Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority in accordance with World Sailing regulation 20.


3.1.      The Organizing Authority may refuse to allow a boat to race if in its opinion the boat is inadequately crewed or equipped or is otherwise not seaworthy or unsuitable for the course to be sailed.

3.2.      The race committee will have the right to inspect any boat before or after a race.

3.3.      Boats having a valid rating certificate may enter by completing an official entry form and submitting the applicable entry fee. An official entry form may be obtained at


4.1.      The races are open to boats of the following classes:

  • CSA Spinnaker including Racer/Cruiser
  • Offshore Multihull and Sport Multihull
  • CSA Performance Cruiser, Jib and Main, Bareboat, Multihull, Cruising Multihull
  • One Design Classes

4.2.      The organizing authority reserves the right to create additional classes at any time.

4.3.      A boat will be assigned to a class by the organizing authority which reserves the right to transfer a boat to another class after the first day’s racing and before the start of the second day’s racing. Changes will be posted on the official notice board at the Registration area.

4.4.      The minimum number of crew for each boat will be two except where class rules state otherwise.

4.5.      CSA Rule is changed. Bareboat: The provided anchor, chain and/or rode shall be on board when racing and may be relocated. No part of an anchor shall overhang the bow or forward cross arm while racing.

  1. FEES
Sailing Festival Spring Regatta Discount for Both
March 28/29 March 31-April 2
Monohull & Multihull $150 $400 $500



6.1.      Registration for the Sailing Festival will be open 1200-1800 hours on Monday 3/27/2023 at the Registration area. (Accepting Registration for BVI Spring Regatta as well)

6.2.      Registration for the BVI Spring Regatta will be open 1200-1800 hours Thursday 3/30/2023 at the Registration area.

6.3.      The order of starts, the starting area, and the finishing area for the first race each day will be posted by 0800 hours on the day of the race. 

6.4.      Dates of Racing:

Date Day(s) Class 1st Warning
Sailing Festival
March 28 Tuesday All 10:00 hrs
March 29 Wednesday All 10:00 hrs
BVI Spring Regatta
March 31–April 2 Friday - Sunday All 10:00 hrs



7.1.      The sailing instructions will be available at registration area and online at

  1. VENUE

8.1.      Racing will be in the Sir Francis Drake Channel and adjacent waters.



9.1.      Windward/leeward & distance racing from multiple starting areas as illustrated on the Course Mark Card.


10.1.    An international jury will be constituted in accordance with Appendix N and rule 91(b).


11.1.    Each boat’s series score will be the total of the race scores.

11.2.    All measurement classes will be scored by Time on Time.

11.3.    One race will constitute a series.


12.1.    Prizes for each class will be given after racing on Sunday, April 2, 2023.

12.2.    Additional Prizes may be awarded


RRS 3 states: ‘The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue to race is hers alone.’  By participating in this event each competitor agrees and acknowledges that sailing is a potentially dangerous activity with inherent risks.  The Organizing Authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


By taking part in the BVI Spring Regatta, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that they are responsible for complying with any regulations in force at the time of the event with respect of COVID-19 and for complying with Spring Regatta COVID-19 procedures.  The latest information about COVID-19 concerns and travel protocols can be found,


For further information contact the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival at:

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival is proud of its 2023 sponsors - the event would not be possible without their participation, and we are so grateful for their support: * Nanny Cay Resort and Marina *BVI Tourist Board * Mount Gay Rum  *Cape Air   *Carib Beer   *International Motors   *The Moorings  *Tito vodka *Portland Ship Yard   *RiteWay  *Sea Hawk New Nautical Coatings Inc./ Akzo Nobel   * Scrub Island Resort, Marina and Spa   * SHRM Group   * SOL  *BVI Government *Coca-Cola *Santa Margherita