Scrub Island Invitational set for March 27th

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, a private-island resort in the British Virgin Islands, will host the Scrub Island Invitational during the 48thAnnual BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival (March 25-31, 2019). The resort is the hosting sponsor for the springtime event, which takes place Wednesday, March 27 and is expected to draw up to 50 boats to compete in a race from Nanny Cay Marina to Scrub Island.

            The exact course will depend on weather and conditions, but will wind through many of the lush islands, offering racers breathtaking views as they make their way to Scrub Island. Upon conclusion, Scrub Island Resort will host the crews, their families and friends, and race officials for a special luncheon and party on the Grand Pavilion Patio, Donovan’s Beach and lower level of the main resort swimming pool. The festive afternoon celebration will feature live music, a barbeque lunch and specialty drinks. 

    “We’re especially excited to be hosting the Scrub Island Invitational again, after taking a year off to undergo renovations in the summer of 2018,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development, the owner and operator of the resort. “Now that we’re back up and running, we welcome the opportunity to host this great event again and showcase how our resort and our marina have been fully restored to their original grandeur.”

One of the top three annual Caribbean sailing events, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival draws an average of 110 yachts, with 60 percent of competitors coming from overseas. There will be many new and exciting additions to 2019 event, including two marinas at the host sponsor and venue, Nanny Cay Resort and Marina. Other events during the Sailing Festival include The Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race. The three-day Spring Regatta race will cover racing along the Sir Francis Drake Channel, The Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.  Each day will conclude with nightly entertainment with dancing on the beach, and local food vendors who will feature both local and international cuisine.

“Thanks to the energy and spirit of sailing in the BVIs, it will take more than category five hurricanes to keep people from coming back to sail and race,” said Judy Petz, BVI Spring Regatta Director. “We are open, ready, and excited to welcome sailors from around the world to come for the first time or back again.”

Always an exclusive getaway, Scrub Island Resort offers private-island luxury now more than ever, with crystal-clear water, pristine beaches and crowd-free vacationing. For reservations, visit