Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

2009 Virgin Islands Race Week NOR

by Caribbean Racing Media on 31 Oct 2008
Virgin Islands Race week, a natural combination of the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta, BVI Sailing Festival and BVI Spring Regatta, is back by popular demand.  Given that the three events are back to back, March 27 - April 5, and happen within twelve miles of each other in the sunny Caribbean when the snow has not melted in many parts of the world, VI Raceweek is as luring to a sailor as any mythological siren.  

Add to the mix of racing and partying in the tropics, prizes for winning the IRC division of a week's holiday on St. Thomas at the Frenchman's Cove Resort and the CSA division prize of an all inclusive week's stay at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI, and it's no wonder that VI Raceweek is too tempting to pass up.

VI Raceweek kicks off with the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta. The 36th running of the International Rolex Regatta is sure to build on its successes last year. With racing scheduled for Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, the International Rolex Regatta is one of the most popular of several Caribbean sailing events that mixes long course sailing with windward/leeward formats.   While it is part of the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series, the event also hosts classes for CSA (or 'Caribbean Rule') racing as well as one-designs, beach cats and large multihulls.

Following the weekend of racing in St. Thomas, on Monday the fleet moves 12 miles east from Cowpet Bay in St. Thomas to Nanny Cay Marina in the BVI for the BVI Sailing Festival.  This event  is designed to be very relaxed and laid-back, creating a great filler between two power-hitter regattas.  This low-pressure precursor to the BVI Spring Regatta starts in Nanny Cay with boats racing to Bitter End for the Bitter End Cup.  

Once at Bitter End, guests are entertained with cocktail parties, limbo contests, and layday activities, with participants choosing between those that are energetic or tranquil in style.  The Sailing Festival wraps up on Thursday with the Nanny Cay Cup, which moves the fleet from Bitter End back to Nanny Cay.

Friday, April 3, competition heats up again when BVI Spring Regatta kicks off.  Catering to a large spectrum of sailing enthusiasts with more options than a traditional smorgasbord in Sweden, organizers of the BVI Spring Regatta understand that not all sailors want the same type of racing experience and choices abound. Drake Channel is not only sprinkled heavily with race boats but also race areas, three to be exact.  

Closest to the beach is the One Design area, hosting the IC 24s (modified J24s), Lasers and Beach Cats, Looking across the channel to the Southeast is the Cooper race area.  Host to the traditional keelboat racers, this group will see both round the island racing as well as windward/leeward courses.  And then, just to the west, for those who would rather race around islands than buoys, and want the choice as whether or not to carry a kite, there is the Norman race area.

Registration for VI Raceweek is simple.  Boats registered in the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta http://www.rolexcupregatta.com/index2.php and the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival http://www.bvispringregatta.org/ are automatically entered.

For more information specifically about VI Raceweek, check out the VI Raceweek page http://caribbeanracing.com/VIRW/virw_index.html

www.caribbeanracing.com
Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearWildwind 2016 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

British entries on podium as Clipper Race returns after 11 months
UK entries triumphed to take all three podium places in the toughest edition yet of the longest ocean race on the planet Thousands of spectators lined the River Thames and packed St Katharine Docks to welcome home over 250 crew, representing 44 different nationalities, many of whom have been at sea for eleven months racing between six continents in the only challenge of its kind for amateur sailors.
Posted on 30 Jul
LMAX Exchange wins the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, was confirmed last night as winner of the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted on 30 Jul
Clipper Race – Constant trimming and little sleep in the North Sea
There is little opportunity for tactical moves and the timings of tacks are crucial if teams want to make vital gains. After a downwind start with spinnakers trimmed in light airs against the tide off Den Helder on the Dutch coast yesterday, the fleet has been match racing across the North Sea towards the Thames Estuary.
Posted on 29 Jul
Debriefing the 2015-16 Clipper Round The World Race with Huw Fernie
Sail-World talked with Huw Fernie of Visit Seattle to learn more about a Clipper Round The World Race skipper’s life. Skipper Huw Fernie and his Visit Seattle crew took top honors in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, marking their second podium finish during the 2015/16 Clipper Round The World Race. I recently caught up with Fernie to learn more about Visit Seattle’s success in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, and to learn more about the life of a Clipper Round The World Race skipper.
Posted on 28 Jul
Finale of Clipper Race global series starts in The Netherlands
The 198nm race to London is going to be one of the most nail-biting yet with just six points separating the top teams After a Departure Ceremony from Willemsoord Marina and a Parade of Sail in the presence of Dutch Royal Navy ship ZrMs Luymes, the fleet started the final short sprint to London off the Dutch coast.
Posted on 28 Jul
Thousands of spectators expected to welcome home Clipper Race fleet
Hurricane winds, giant waves, freezing conditions, battered boats and tragedy fail to quell fighting spirit of the crew. The tenth edition of the famous biennial race for novice sailors led by professional skippers is regarded as the most challenging on record after the event endured the most extreme conditions it has ever faced in its 20-year history.
Posted on 28 Jul
America's Cup World Series - Ian Roman's images of Pompey
Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series capturing the Royal visitors Top international photographer, Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series and provided this second of two galleries of the racing across the three days of the regatta, taking in the Royal visitors.
Posted on 26 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – More final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – Final race day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
LV America’s Cup World Series - Up and down for Groupama Team France
The new leader is none other than the local team lead by Sir Ben Ainslie, who was rallied along throughout the six races 2016 America’s Cup World Series - This weekend the overall ranking for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series has been turned on its head and with the Portsmouth act complete, the new leader is none other than the local team lead by Sir Ben Ainslie, who was rallied along throughout the six races by strong support from a home crowd.
Posted on 25 Jul