47th Annual Peg Legs Round Tortola Race Adds A Twist

By Royal BVI Yacht Club

5ad62680-ca40-44cd-843d-ae274a6d14d8The 47th Peg Legs Round Tortola Race organised by the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) and sponsored by Nanny Cay, will take place on Saturday 19 November. Four classes – racing, performance cruising, cruising and multihull – will compete in the 37-mile race. The course change for the 2016 race will give competitors more tactical choices to make.

The course takes the fleet anti-clockwise around Tortola as usual. The first warning for the start will be at 9am in the Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny Cay. The fleet then sails east up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, and takes Beef Island to port, where the course twist has been added. The course change gives crews the tactical decision of sailing between Beef Island and Tortola and Great Camanoe and Guana islands, or heading further out, sailing outside Great Camanoe. Then, as in previous races, the fleet heads to West End where, after a quick wiggle through Soper’s Hole, it will be a beat back to the finish line off Nanny Cay.

“We thought this would spice the race up a bit,” said Eddie Brockbank, Captain of Sailing at the RBVIYC. “It becomes a more tactical race, rather than a drag race for the bigger boats. It will be interesting to see what the crews choose to do and how it affects the results of the race.”

Only boats rounding Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port will be eligible for the Nanny Cay Challenge.

Registration for this year’s event will be held at the Beach Bar at Nanny Cay from 6pm to 8pm on Friday. The prize giving will take place at Nanny Cay’s Beach Bar at 5pm on Saturday.

Prizes include a haul-out and launch, chandlery items, free dockage, free hotel rooms and the Round Tortola trophy for the overall winner.

Entry Fees: RBVIYC members $30; non-members $40.

In 2015, Boomorang, skippered by Doug Stewart, claimed overall victory in the 46th edition of the race after a long and tricky day on the water.

Although fair winds were forecast and a feisty squall blasted down the channel shortly before the start, the wind died just as the three classes entered their start sequence.

Line honours went to multihull Triple Jack who posted a finish time of 5 hours and 34 minutes to also win the multihull class.

Keith LiGreci and the crew of Girasoli came home in first place in the Cruising Class, the finish time of the race having been extended to accommodate the light conditions.

Some of the slower boats chose to retire since they would not have been able to complete the circumnavigation in daylight hours, but they enjoyed themselves nonetheless – both on the water and at the after-race party hosted by Peg Legs.

Nanny Cay Challenge

Nanny Cay launched the Nanny Cay Challenge for the Round Tortola record in 2010. Yachts visiting the British Virgin Islands are invited to make an attempt to beat the latest records.

It’s an all-comer, any-day event, starting and finishing off Nanny Cay. Competitors must attempt the record anti-clockwise and round Beef, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port.

TP52 SPOOKIE broke the Monohull Nanny Cay Challenge record in the Round Tortola Race at this year’s BVI Spring Regatta. An elapsed time of 3:08:43, took a whopping 21 minutes off the previous record of 03:29:44, set in March 2013 by Peter Corr’s Aiyana, an Alia 82.

Trimaran Triple Jack holds the outright and multihull Round Tortola Record of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 40 seconds.

As with most sailing events, the reward is in the taking part and bragging rights but record breakers will be able to celebrate their feat with a free dinner at Peg Legs for up to 15 crew members and a jeroboam of champagne compliments of Nanny Cay. Record breakers also get their name on the perpetual trophy which is on display year-round in Peg Legs Restaurant.

Challengers must pay an entry fee of $250 which is donated to a BVI charity of the challenger’s choice and includes two night’s dockage (before and after attempt) at Nanny Cay. The charities to benefit so far:

– BVI Humane Society, $250, Triple Jack (April 2015)
– RBVIYC Youth Sailing Programme: $250, SPOOKIE (March 2016); $250, Aiyana (March 2013)
– VISAR: Aiyana, $250 (March 2013)
– KATS: $250, INTAC, (November 2012)
– BVI Humane Society: $250, Triple Jack (October 2012); $250, Soma (April 2010)

Record Holders
TP 52, SPOOKIE, Steve & Heidi Benjamin – 29 March 2016 – 3 hours, 08 mins, 43 secs

Triple Jack, Richard Wooldridge/Steve Davis – 30 April 2015 – 2 hrs, 33 mins, 40 secs

Leading Ladies Race For The Willy T Virgin’s Cup


Kishorn approaching the finish line at the 2016 Willy T Virgin's Cup. Photo:© RBVIVC / Clair Burke

Kishorn approaching the finish line at the 2016 Willy T Virgin’s Cup. Photo:© RBVIVC / Clair Burke

Thirteen boats registered to race in the 27th edition of the Willy T Virgin’s Cup on Saturday 15 October.

Racing in three classes got underway from Nanny Cay in a light but building breeze. The course took the fleet up to Road Town before scooting across the Sir Francis Drake Channel for the after party and prize giving at the Willy T.

In accordance with tradition, all the boats were helmed by female sailors with a spectacular turn out illustrating the depth of women’s sailing in the BVI. Of the 61 sailors on the race course, just under 50% (29) were female with the experienced hands mixing it up with some of the RBVIYC’s newest green fleet Optimist racers.

First away were the cruising boats in the jib and main class, with slow progress for all boats on the upwind leg to Lark Bank off the entrance to Road Town Harbour. Taking line honours and the overall win was Gypsea, a Hunter 34 SD skippered by Karen Fletcher. Leslie Cramer steered Kishorn to second place with Sapphire Breeze helmed by Steevie Stradley taking third.

Two Jeanneau Sun Odysseys competed for honours in the performance cruising division, the 40ft Girasoli and the 42ft Reverie. Their course took them upwind to the Hog Valley Green buoy, and across the channel to complete a figure of eight around Flannigan, Pelican and the Indians before finishing at the entrance to the Bight. The win went to Judy Petz skippering Girasoli with Pearline Williams and Angelica taking second on Reverie.

In the seven boat racing class the ladies easily outnumbered the men with several Virgin’s Cup virgins taking on the 2016 challenge and two all girl crews in the IC24s.

Line honours and the overall win went to Rushin’ Rowlette skippered by Charlotte Matthews, Victoria Rowlette and Anya Reshetiloff. Judy Haycraft, helming Latitude 18 with husband Chris and their eldest son Nathan, came in second on corrected time with another IC24, INTAC, helmed by Kay Reddy and Amanda Plaxton, finishing third.

The RBVIYC thanks all the competitors, the race committee, sponsors TICO, partners at Nanny Cay and the Willy T for providing the prizes, shirts and the after party.

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Strong BVI Sailing Team Performance at Back to School Regatta

By Royal BVI Yacht Club

Photo: Provided

Photo: Provided

The 2016 Back to School Regatta presented by Cedar International School took place over the weekend of 17-18 September with 45 entries racing in five classes.  It was an excellent weekend for Team BVI with a total of 24 home team entries and overall victory in five of the seven divisions.

Competitors from Antigua, Puerto Rico and the USVI joined BVI sailors at the Youth Sailing Centre in Nanny Cay for the 2016 edition of the regatta.  Saturday delivered a glamour day on the water but Sunday was not so kind with thunderstorms and rain bringing blustery conditions before the wind turned off altogether, forcing an end to racing.

The Optimist Championship fleet saw 23 sailors racing hard for the overall prize and their red, blue and white division awards.

It was a full house of bullets for Mia Nicolosi (ISV), taking the overall win for the second consecutive year.  With overall honours, she also took the red fleet win.  Rayne Duff and Nathan Haycraft were tied for second overall after Saturday’s racing so the pressure was on for the two BVI sailors on Sunday. Haycraft finished the only race sailed in 5th place ahead of Duff and with no further races completed he took second overall and the blue fleet win.

Sixth for Duff in Sunday’s race was enough to hold third overall and second in the red fleet with Julian van den Driessche (ISV) taking third. ISV sailors Caroline Sibilly and Winborne Majette took second and third in the blue fleet.

The white fleet, the youngest age category for sailors 10 and younger, was won by Ryan Lettsome (IVB) ahead of Tanner Krygsveld and Robert Richards, both representing St Thomas Yacht Club.

In the Optimist Green fleet eight BVI sailors raced for the honours completing 13 races over the two days.  Samuel Allen was first overall after taking a clean sweep of first place finishes.  The RBVIYC extended congratulations to all of them, particularly those who raced in their very first green fleet regatta – Kael Chalwell, Victoria Rowlette, Sophia Jara, Antonio Cisnero, Martha Killourhy, Amanda Plaxton and Felix Thorp.

The new BVI Laser fleet completed seven races with two classes in action.  In the Laser 4.7, the honours went to visiting sailor Mateo di Blasi from the US Virgin Islands.  Second place was claimed by Noah George, who made the switch from Optimist green fleet to the Laser just this season, followed by Stephen Ganga in third.

Five sailors fought for the Laser Radial honours and it was tight at the top.  Tied after the first day of racing, Jerome Parkins and Stephon Ganga were both counting three first place finishes and two second place finishes so it was all on for Sunday.  With just one race sailed it was Parkins who came out on top after taking the win in race seven.  Alex Rambarose came in third with consistent third and second place finishes throughout the weekend.

Five IC24s also took to the race course with Latitude 18 skippered by Colin Rathbun taking the win with an impressive scoreline of seven bullets and a discarded third.  The only boat to take a win from Latitude was Richard Wooldridge on RIP and they finished second overall ahead of Graeme Maccallum’s team on Intac.

Organisers thanked presenting sponsor,  Cedar International School, and hosts and youth sailing partner, Nanny Cay Hotel and Marina and all of other supporters. Acknowledgement was also extended to all the sailors, coaches and support teams who took part and the many volunteers who gave up their time to help make the weekend a success.

Results – Top Three
Optimist Overall
1. Mia Nicolosi (ISV)
2. Nathan Haycraft (IVB)
3. Rayne Duff (IVB)

Red Fleet
1. Mia Nicolosi (ISV)
2. Rayne Duff (IVB)
3. Julian van den Driessche (ISV)

Blue fleet
1. Nathan Haycraft (IVB)
2. Caroline Sibilly (ISV)
3. Winborne Majette (ISV)

White fleet
1. Ryan Lettsome (IVB)
2. Tanner Krygsveld (ISV)
3. Robert Richards (ISV)

Optimist Green fleet
1. Samuel Allen (IVB)
2. Kael Chalwell (IVB)
3. Victoria Rowlette (IVB)

Laser Radial
1. Jerome Parkins (IVB)
2. Stephon Ganga (IVB)
3. Alex Rambarose (IVB)

Laser 4.7
1. Mateo di Blasi (ISV)
2. Noah George (IVB)
3. Stephen Ganga (IVB)

1. Latitude 18 Colin Rathbun (IVB)
2. RIP Richard Wooldridge (IVB)
3. Intac  Graham Maccallum (IVB)

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Pipe Dream wins 2016 Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit Race

By BVI Royal Yacht Club

The Black Pig, 2nd overall in the 2016 Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit Race. Photo: RBVIYC /Clair Burke

The Black Pig, 2nd overall in the 2016 Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit Race.
Photo: RBVIYC /Clair Burke

Seven boats raced to Anegada on Saturday 25 June to contest the 2016 Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit Race with Pipe Dream ultimately taking the win.

Starting from Road Harbour it was a beat east up the Sir Francis Drake Channel before making the turn past Beef Island, Scrub Island and the Dogs to shoot the final 13 miles to Anegada. Just 23 minutes separated the start times for the fleet so a good start was a must before deciding on the tactics up the channel.

First away was The Black Pig, a Tartan 10, skippered by Gilbo Simpson. Hot on their heels were Sheryl and Erik Groeneberg with Stella di Mare, Kevin Wrigley’s Boomerang, Chris Haycraft’s Pipe Dream with the larger cruising boats bringing up the rear with seconds between them.

The Black Pig and Pipe Dream soon stretched their legs and extended away from the fleet whilst a close battle ensued between Adagio, MJ and The Remedy.

Line honours ultimately went to Chris Haycraft’s Pipe Dream with son, Nathan on the helm and crewed by Giles Wood, Matt Hood, Clair Burke, Nici Haycraft, Ryan Lettsome and Scott Kirk. Second across the line was The Black Pig, with the all female team on MJ chasing hard to take third.

Three generations of the Hirst family sailing their Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 51 Adagio finished in fourth place just ahead of The Remedy, a Jeanneau 45.3, skippered by Tom Parish.

With most boats racing short-handed it was a tough day on the water but spirits were high as the fleet enjoyed the hospitality of the Anegada Reef Hotel.

Race sponsors inlcuded the Anegada Reef Hotel, Tico and Nanny Cay, Dick Schoonover.

1. Pipe Dream – Chris Haycraft
2. The Black Pig – Gilbo Simpson
3. MJ – Mandi Atack & Tamsin Rand
4. Adagio – Bill Hirst
5. The Remedy – Tom Parish
6. Stella di Mare – Erik & Sheryl Groeneberg
7. Boomerang – Kevin Wrigley

A challenging weekend in St Thomas for VI youth sailors

By BVI Royal Yacht Club

Ryan Lettsome placed second in U10 white fleet at St Thomas International Optimist Regatta. Photo: Matias Capizzano

Ryan Lettsome placed second in U10 white fleet at St Thomas International Optimist Regatta. Photo: Matias Capizzano

The 2016 St Thomas International Optimist Regatta, presented by EMS Virgin Islands, took place from 17-19 June with the BVI represented by five sailors. Conditions throughout the weekend were very challenging with strong winds and big swell on the race course.

Four sailors raced in the 80-boat Championship fleet, Rayne Duff (red), Nathan Haycraft (blue), Ryan Lettsome (white) and Max Reshetiloff (red).

2014 champion, Rayne Duff was looking to re-take the title from rival, Mia Nicolosi but it was not to be this year. Despite winning more races than the ISV sailor, Duff also posted uncharacteristic scores on day one. A capsize in the first race lead to a 25th place finish and 21st in the final race on Friday was too much to recover from.

Unable to discard both of these double-digit scores, Duff ended the championship on a high with wins in the final two races but had to settle for fourth overall and third in the red fleet. Also racing in the red fleet was Max Reshetiloff who finished in 62nd overall and 34th in the red fleet.

Blue fleet racer Nathan Haycraft had a consistent weekend, taking his best finish in race six with a sixth. Finishing in 15th place overall secured fourth place in the blue fleet.

Ryan Lettsome finished in 56th place overall which earned him second place in the white fleet for sailors under 10. Lettsome sailed a consistent series with his best result coming in race seven which he finished in 37th place.

Twenty eight sailors competed in the green fleet and over the three days they completed 25 races. Kael Chalwell, who recently graduated from the KATS programme and joined the BVI Race Team, was competing at his first overseas regatta and finished an excellent 15th position. Chalwell put in a very solid performance, with seven race finishes in the top ten and a best race finish of third.

Next up for Team BVI is the Optimist North American Championships from 10-18 July in Antigua. Representing the BVI will be Rayne Duff, Nathan Haycraft, Kyle Roose and Ryan Lettsome.

Red Fleet
3 Rayne Duff (4th overall)
34 Max Reshetiloff (62 overall)

Blue Fleet
4 Nathan Haycraft (15 overall)

White Fleet
2 – Ryan Lettsome (56 overall)

Green Fleet
15 – Kael Chalwell

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Green Fleet Regatta & School’s (Nearly) Out Party

By Royal BVI Yacht Club

Sailors at the RBVIYC Green Fleet Regatta & School's (Nearly) Out Party. Photo: RBVIYC

Sailors at the RBVIYC Green Fleet Regatta & School’s (Nearly) Out Party. Photo: RBVIYC

On Saturday 11 June, 25 sailors came to Nanny Cay to celebrate the end of the school year. On this calm, light-wind day, five race team members were kept busy swapping 20 participants into sailboats and kayaks to race, play, and practice their sailing skills. They even managed to take our newer sailors for joy rides while still keeping time for running races.

Throughout the day five races were held and for each, a different sailor crossed the finish line as the victor.

 It was a great day for firsts and trying out new boats and by the end of the afternoon every sailor had had a go in every different type of boat.  Alex Fox and Antonio Cisneros both tested their skills on the race course in the Laser for the first time before jumping into Optimists and having some fun.

 Newbies, Sahil Khan, Freddie Rawlings and Lewis Wharton came out and took part in all the action throughout the day as well.  Open Bic crews of Jake and Zach Hallet, Felix Thorp, Barnaby Killourhy and Isaac Sutherland-Pilch swapped their racing skills for pirating as they hopped aboard the Lasers, capsizing and swimming.

Seven girls made quite a presence too when Victoria Rowlette, Sophia Jara, Laura D’Aloisio, Martha Killourhy and Amanda Plaxton raced with style and mixed it up in the kayaks and took a spin in the Lasers.

 Kael Chalwell, the newest member of the race team, sailed the course without fault, lending a hand to fellow newbie ‘green’ racer, Ethan George along the way.

KATS program sailors made an appearance too: De’Sani Thomas and Farrari Khan whizzed around in their Optimists as well as having a go racing around with the kayaks.

After the on-water racing and games, a barbecue was waiting. The day concluded with the race members awarding certificates and congratulations to all participants.

 To cap off the day, Commodore of the West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Lou Schwartz and Secretary, John Hayes arrived to present the a cheque for $500.

Schwartz explained to the children that the WEYC works alongside the RBVIYC to offer fun and entertaining racing in the BVI and are committed to helping develop sailing in the BVI through their fundraising efforts.  

”It is fantastic to see so many of you here today,” said Schwartz.”You are the future of sailing here in the BVI and the West End Yacht Club is delighted to be able to support this programme which is producing so many talented sailors.”

The RBVIYC thanks the instructor team for all the preparation, Steve Roose for helping organize and keeping the sailors safe on land and water, Clair Burke for the fabulous photographs and all the parents – out on their boats, baking, barbecuing and helping the sailors throughout the day.

 Acknowledgement is also extended to Nanny Cay and sailing programme supporters.

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Charter Yacht Society Supports Youth Sailing Programme

Photo by Royal BVI YC/Clair Burke

Photo by Royal BVI YC/Clair Burke


The Royal BVI Youth Sailing Programme was delighted to accept a donation from the Charter Yacht Society (CYS) this week.

Sailors were joined by Janet Oliver, Executive Director of the CYS after their training session to receive a donation from the 2015 Charter Yacht Show.  Oliver explained to the sailors that $10 from the registration fee from each yacht and broker is donated to BVI Youth Sailing. With approximately 75 yachts in attendance and over 130 brokers in 2015, this donation is a valuable contribution to the programme.

The CYS is delighted to make this donation to the BVI Youth Sailing Programme.  It is a natural fit for us to invest in young sailors and help nurture youth sailing in the BVI.” commented Oliver,

Many of the crews working on the CYS boats began their sailing in similar programmes – for them it was an important part of growing up and now it is their livelihood.  I have no doubt that in the future we will see many of the young sailors training here with the Yacht Club making headlines or working in the industry.

Thank you to the CYS from all at the Royal BVI Yacht Club and Youth Sailing Programme.

Seven New BVI Sailing Champions Crowned

Photo by RBVIYC

Photo by RBVIYC


The 15th edition of the BVI Dinghy Championships wrapped up on Sunday with seven new champions crowned.
The 85 competitors from the BVI, St Thomas, St Croix and Puerto Rico were treated to a stunning weekend of sailing out on the Sir Francis Drake channel with fantastic hospitality and entertainment at Nanny Cay.
The seven classes were split across two race course areas with nearly 50 races completed through the weekend.  Fresh winds from the south east gave the competitors some challenging sailing conditions and, for some, an unexpectedly thorough work out!
The hottest competition came in the Optimist fleet where the BVI’s Rayne Duff exchanged the lead with Mia Nicolosi (ISV) throughout the weekend.  First and second in every race went to one of these two sailors but is was disappointment for local sailor Duff that Nicolosi pipped him to the title by just one point with six bullets to his five and retained her title.
The battle for third was equally tight with one point separating Mathieu Dale (ISV) from Julian van den Driessche (ISV).
Second overall for Duff gave him the red fleet honours with Nicolosi claiming the blue fleet and Max van den Driessche (ISV) winning the white fleet title.
The Optimist Green fleet was the biggest seen at this championship with 30 sailors lining up.  For some this was their first racing experience but with 15 races now under their belts on a very busy race course they have gained invaluable knowledge to take home and to the next event.  Tanner Krygsveld (ISV) was the most consistent sailor finishing with 36 points.  Behind him, just three points separated second to fourth place with the final order being Andy Yu (ISV), Jose Guillemo Diaz (PUR) and Samuel Allen (IVB).
Three BVI sailors raced in the Open Bic event on the same course area as the Optimist Green Fleet.  Nicholas Haycraft was the overall victor ahead of Isaac Sutherland-Pilch and Felix Thorp.  Haycraft was also award the 2016 Sportsmanship Trophy for his support throughout the weekend towards his fellow Bic competitors as well as sailors across the other fleets.
In the Laser class, Danny Petrovic (IVB) posted an almost clean sweep of bullets with the exception of a DNF in race 4, proving that youth can win out over experience.  Mark van de Driessche (ISV) took second overall from defending champion Colin Rathbun (IVB).
Rising star Thad Lettsome (IVB) finished in second place to Sam Morrell (IVB) in the first race of the championship but from that point forward was unbeatable across the 10 race series.  At just 14 years of age, Lettsome is one to watch for the future.  Morrell rounded out the championship in second place with Ethan Hanley from St Croix finishing third overall.
Taylor Hasson (ISV) celebrated his birthday yesterday with the Laser 4.7 trophy.
Four IC24s sailed a six race series on Saturday and it was Ted Reshetiloff skippering Intac who dominated the score board, taking the bullet in every race.  Eddie Brockbank on Black Pearl and Bob Phillips on Roosta traded second and third place throughout the day with Brockbank coming out on top and finishing second overall.  Giles Wood with Latitude 18 finished in fourth place.
Optimist Triple Crown
As well as event honours, the Optimist Championship fleet were also battling for the 2016 Triple Crown title.  The BVI Dinghy Championships is the final regatta in the series which also includes the results from the VIODA Championship in St Thomas and the Cruzan Open in St Croix.  Mia Nicolosi (St Thomas) was the overall winner with 2015 champion Rayne Duff (IVB) having to settle for second place this year.  Mathieu Dale from St Croix took third.
Final Results
Optimist Championships
Red Fleet
1. Rayne Duff (IVB) – 2nd Overall
2. Mathieu Dale (St Croix) – 3rd Overall
3. Julian van den Driessche (St Thomas) – 4th Overall
Blue Fleet
1. Mia Nicolosi (St Thomas) – 1st Overall
2. Nathan Haycraft (IVB) – 8th Overall
3. Caroline Sibilly (St Thomas) – 9th Overall
White Fleet
1. Max van den Driessche (St Thomas) – 18th Overall
2. Ryan Lettsome (IVB) – 22nd Overall
3. Lola Kohl (St Croix) – 25th Overall
Optimist Green Fleet
1. Tanner Krygsveld (St Thomas)
2. Andy Yu (St Thomas)
3. Jose Guillermo Diaz (Puerto Rico)
4. Samuel Allen (IVB)
5. Alejo Di Blasi (St Thomas)
Open Bic
1. Nici Haycraft (IVB)
2. Isaac Sutherland-Pilch (IVB)
3. Felix Thorp (IVB)
1. Danny Petrovic (IVB)
2. Mark van den Driessche (St Thomas)
3. Colin Rathbun (IVB)
Laser Radial
1. Thad Lettsome (IVB)
2. Sam Morrell (IVB)
3. Ethan Hanley (St Croix)
Laser 4.7
1. Taylor Hasson (St Croix)
1. Ted Reshetiloff (IVB) – Intac
2. Eddie Brockbank (IVB) – Black Pearl
3. Bob Phillips (IVB) – Roosta

BVI Olympic Sailing Team – Car Raffle


Photo courtesy of Anderson/Brockbank Sailing


If you haven’t already heard, the BVI Olympic Sailing Team is holding a car raffle for a brand new 2016 Suzuki Vitara! In addition, about a dozen other great prizes have been included in the raffle such as a two night stay at Peter Island Resort, dinner at the Dove and a one hour massage at Imagine Spa.

If you would like to support the BVI Olympic Sailing Team and enter your chance to WIN a new car and some great prizes, buy a ticket before time runs out. Our Olympic hopefuls will be in and around Road Town this week to sell you your lucky ticket!

If you would like us to drop by and deliver your ticket please call 540 1780 or 343 0106 and we can bring one to you.

Also, if you think your company might be interested in supporting a great cause and potentially winning a new company car, please feel free to call the numbers provided above or email the team at bvi49er@gmail.com.

If you don’t see the team soon, the raffle draw will take place at the Fish N Lime (West End) on May 7 so come join us for a great day. We will have food and drink specials from 12pm until the draw at 4pm and will be offering free rides on the Olympic 49er boats (weather permitting)!

Please be aware that YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE AT THE DRAW TO WIN. We will call you to give you the good news, but we would love to see you down at Fish N Lime on Saturday if you can make it.

Spike Wins 2016 Governor’s Cup


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J111 Spike, skippered by Sam Talbot won the 2016 Governor’s Cup on Saturday 23 April.

Twelve boats took to the race course to duke it out for the honour of adding their name to the Governor’s Cup trophy.   A gloomy morning greeted the competitors but despite the promise of a wet day, the rain held off the race track.  Starting off Nanny Cay, the course took competitors out to Pelican Island, up round Dead Chest Island, across to Hog Valley Green just off Road Harbour and then back to finish at Nanny Cay.

Racing was tight in all of the fleets with the Jib and Main class even offering up a photo finish after three and half hours of racing.  Line honours went toSpike with an elapsed time of just over 2 hours.

First to start were the Jib and Main class with Kara Patterson, helming Dances with Whales leading the fleet across the start line.  Class line honours and the overall prize went to Bill Hirst with his new Jeanneau 51, Adagio.  Pyjamas, Wicked Winch and Dances with Whales all finished within two minutes of each other with Wicked Winch claiming second on corrected time and Dances with Whales third.

Next to go were the Performance Cruisers and Multihull classes, starting at 11:20 followed by the Racing class 15 minutes later.   John Cook’s Tatonkawas first home, with an elapsed time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 4 seconds, followed by Girasoli and Steve Roose with Diva.  The class win went to Keith LiGreci’s Girasoli with Tatonka second and Diva third.

The only multihull in the action was John Hayes’ Wildfire who finished eighth overall.

Spike, skippered by Sam Talbot charged around the course to claimed line honours and the overall win. Chris Haycraft’s Pipe Dream took second in class and third overall, just 26 seconds behind Girasoli. Third in racing was Aaron Gardner with his IC24 Bravissimo, also finishing in fourth overall.  Melges 24 Firewater rounded out the racing fleet in fourth.

Governor John Duncan presented the prizes at Nanny Cay, congratulating all the competitors for a great day on the water.

Thank you to our sponsors, Champagne Bollinger, TICO and Nanny Cay; to the race committee and all of the competitors.

The next event on the Royal BVI Yacht Club racing calendar is the BVI Dinghy Championships on 21 and 22 May.

Results Overall
Position – Boat – Skipper – Corrected Time

1. Spike – Sam Talbot – 2:00:42
2. Girasoli – Keith Li Greci – 2:05:00
3. Pipe Dream – Chris Haycraft – 2:05:26
4. Bravissimo – Aaron Gardner – 2:06:42
5. Tatonka – John Cook – 2:11:12
6. Diva – Steve Roose – 2:23:19
7. Firewater – Henry Leonig – 2:32:44
8. Wildfire – John Hayes – 2:36:14
9. Adagio – Bill Hirst – 2:40:37
10. Wicked Winch – David Lake Jr – 2:40:47
11. Dances with Whales – Todd Patterson – 2:43:22
12. Pyjamas – Mark Dobson – 2:47:29