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BVI Spring Regatta - Day 2: Fleet gets a break on a no wind day

by Michelle Slade 30 Mar 2019 15:10 PDT 29-31 March 2019

Racing was cancelled at 1000 hours with barely a breath of air to spare on the race course. It was maybe a blessing in disguise following a magical night in the Regatta Village which was packed with party-goers and Mount Gay Red Caps. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for boats to regroup and figure out Plan B this morning, madly dashing to the market to stock up on ice and beverages, hightailing it out of the marina on race boats and bareboats.

The chatter on the dock suggested that popular places to visit included The Baths National Park, Virgin Gorda for snorkeling, Cooper Island for fabulous food and painkillers at the Cooper Island Beach Club, or a cruise to the rebuilt Willie T's now off Peter Island. Fortunately, the surf was up on Tortola's north side and the boys on the King 40 Blitz were headed to the north side of Tortola to fabulous surfing at Josiah's Bay, while the crew on the GunBoat 62 Chim Chim were eyeing up a surf trip over to Apple Bay Beach, also a hot surf spot. A lazy day in the shade back at the team villa was looking like the popular vote for the crew on Fujin.

Others took time this morning to fix stuff on their boats, like Dave Garman, from Seattle Washington, who is fulfilling a retirement dream racing Such Fast, his ID35, this season in the Caribbean. He's made the long trek trailering the boat from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale, then sailed to St Maarten with girlfriend Kristen. After BVI Spring Regatta they head out immediately to sail to Charleston, South Carolina to do Charleston Race Week, the third race in his dream trifecta. While they've not had great race results, they're living that dream. "The BVI is really nice, the regatta is well run yet casual and I like the big beautiful sails around the islands with great views," Garman said. "Later today we'll head over to The Baths - the guys have headed off to get some lunches and snorkeling gear!"

Dave Brennan, Principal Race Officer, commented on today's decision to cancel, "You need a minimum of 5 knots of wind across the whole race course before you can get any kind of fair sailboat racing. For a race officer to try to push it just because you can see a few boats sailing around doesn't cut it, you have to make it fair for everyone. One thing for sure is we don't want to have poor sailboat racing just to get races off. Bob Phillips, Regatta Chairman, and I viewed Sir Frances Drake Channel from the top of Tortola several times this morning - there was hardly any breeze with big areas of flat calm. We knew at least by 1000 we wouldn't have enough wind to sail so we postponed early to give people enough time to enjoy the rest of their day rather than drift around in the heat," Brennan reported from Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke where he was nursing a painkiller with the Race Committee.

Racing resumes on Sunday with first gun at 10am - catch the racing from the beach at Nanny Cay! The beloved Moko Jumbies will grace the Regatta Village at 4pm, the Spring Regatta Awards Ceremony is at 5:30pm, and the final party gets under way with DJ Juice at 7pm to midnight.

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