The British Virgin Islands will soon hold its annual regatta.
Sailors and crew from around the world will descend on Tortola for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival from March 30 – April 5.
“The BVI is the mecca for sailing for three very important reasons,” said Bob Phillips, chairman of the regatta. “With its 64 islands and rocks, you never run out of interesting and challenging places to sail. We have protected water in the Sir Francis Drake Channel where most of the racing is done, so even when trade winds are blowing their normal 15, 18, and 20 knots, you still have comfortable conditions for most sailors with the opportunity for ocean-like conditions if desired.”
With all the choices that the BVI has with natural lay marks and islands, the Race Committee has multiple course possibilities to tap into, to mix up the racing each race day for the 800 competitors.
Race officers design courses on the water to match the tactical conditions, especially in shifting weather so that racing is always challenging.
“Not only is the racing superb, but for those who want to combine a race holiday with cruising before or after, our islands are unbelievably lush with anchorages every 20 minutes – it’s just a comfortable, beautiful place to sail,” Phillips said.
About 60 percent of the BVI Spring Regatta fleet comprises sailors who return year after year, excited for the racing conditions and the opportunity to meet new people as well as reunite with sailing friends.