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The British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta Is Coming Back

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - January 22, 2021

The popular BVI Spring Regatta in the British Virgin Islands will be held this year, in accordance with the British Overseas Territory’s health and safety protocols. 

The regatta will take place from March 29 to April 4, 2021, beginning with its Sailing Festival and then the traditional three-day racing series. 

“As with all the events being held in the Caribbean, online registration, electronic Official Notice Board, online International Jury and social-distanced shoreside activities will be a primary focus,” Judy Petz, Regatta Director, stated. “We will ensure safe ways to make sure the spirit of camaraderie, cold beers and rum will be available.”

All travelers to the BVI are tested upon arrival and then need to quarantine for four days before being re-tested. 

Since sailors in quarantine can anchor or moor at a number of bays in the BVI, organizers are proposing an alternate racing schedule for the Sailing Festival to allow quarantined sailors to race. 

The hope is also to include the Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup. 

“The Sailing Festival, a warmup to the BVI Spring Regatta, gives crews an opportunity to learn their boat, the BVI waters, and their crew,” said Bob Phillips, Race Chairman. “Making the best of unusual circumstances we are reviewing different possibilities and it may be that sailors will see more of the islands, safely complete their quarantine, and be ready for the three-days of Spring Regatta racing starting on Friday with Mount Gay Race Day.” 

For more, visit the BVI Spring Regatta.

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