Registration opens Monday at Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, for some 110 boats and crews in the 45th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. The buzz is building shore-side, with the event Village under construction and docks filling up.
Lucy Jones, owner of the Swan 51 Northern Child & the Beneteau First 40 Southern Child, is back for her 7th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival with two new race charter crews: a group of 24 from the company Samsin has chartered Northern Child & will race 12 guests on, 12 off, throughout the week. Tony Mac & his Team McFly have chartered the First 40.
Jones says, “These boats are completely race-ready – they’re both performance boats that people know they can go race and do well here in the BVIs.”
Damien Parnhouse, the Aussie skipper aboard Northern Child says, “This is my first Spring Regatta and I’m ready for it! I love sailing and sharing that with other people in a great place – where I live – Paris - the snow is just melting!”
Jonathan Bamberger, from Toronto, Canada, has arrived with his Farr 45 Spitfire for his first Spring Regatta. Bamberger says, “It had to be done, look around - it’s a beautiful place - and the painkillers are great!”
Bamberger bought Spitfire in England last year and transferred her to the Caribbean a few weeks ago to participate in the Caribbean 600, and now this week, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival.
Christian Reynolds, a director of Performance Yacht Racing, is no stranger to the event, here for his 6th. One aspect of the event he welcomes is that the BVI Spring Regatta offers up some flat water racing, unlike other Caribbean racing. “The Sailing Festival is the “fun racing” and the Regatta is more serious – that mix is good, not to mention, it’s stunning here,” Reynolds says.