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Sailing In Paradise

The 50th anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival drew a fleet of boats for five days of competition in a beloved Caribbean playground.

White sailboat on the open water.

It was a golden occasion under blue skies when the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival celebrated a half-century of sailboat racing in the pristine waters of the British Virgin Islands. The regatta was again staged out of Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, located on the south side of Tortola, one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world today. This is one regatta that must be seen to fully appreciate the scenic setting. Look at this montage of drone footage.

Sailing In Paradise

The Cape 31 Flying Jenny won it class in the race around Tortola, also taking home the Nanny Cay Cup for fastest corrected time (4:19:17) – the first time that the race has been sailed in the BVI Spring Regatta since 2019.

“Seventy boats, good friends who have returned, new friends here for the first time, and being able to hug some great sailors on the stage as they receive their awards – it was perfect,” says regatta director Judy Petz. “And the wind; you can work really hard all year long, but if you don’t get a good breeze, it can change the whole event. This year the winds were spectacular.”

Three white sailboats in the water navigating two large rocks.

The stunning scenery is part of theBVI regatta experience.

As is customary, the weeklong festival wrapped up with a final party following the awards ceremony, with live entertainment including the ever-popular Moko Jumbies and a Caribbean steel pan band.

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Rich Armstrong

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A journalist by training, BoatUS Magazine Senior Editor Rich Armstrong has worked in TV news, and at several newspapers, then spent 18 years as a top editor at other boating publications. He’s built a stellar reputation in the marine industry as one of the most thorough reporters in our business. At BoatUS Magazine, Rich handles everything from boat and product innovation and late-breaking news, to compelling feature stories, boat reviews, and features on people and places. The New Jersey shore and lakes of lower New York defined Rich's childhood. But when he bought a 21-foot Four Winns deck boat and introduced his young family to the Connecticut River, his love for the world of boats flourished from there.