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BVI Spring Regatta | British Virgin Island Yacht Racing

Official Regatta Information

The information given in this section is just to give you a basic idea about the various regattas.

For more up-to-date information about the organizing authorities, racing rules, programs, classes, handicap systems, etc., contact the individual racing committee:

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
BVI Spring Regatta Committee
P.O. Box 281
Nanny Cay Marina
Road Town, Tortola
British Virgin Islands
VG 1110
Phone: 1-284-541-6732

The Sailing Instructions will be available in the skipper packages and at the Committee Desk located in the Regatta Village at Nanny Cay during the event.

Background Racing Information

The CSA Rating Rule belongs to the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) which uses a ‘time on time’ handicapping rule. A low rating means that less time will be added to your overall racing time, whereas a higher rating will have more time added to your racing time. Generally, the higher the rating, the faster the boat should sail. (For example, all else being equal, a boat with a furling mainsail will have a lower rating than a boat with a fully battened mainsail, because a fully battened mainsail will tend to increase sailing performance.)

This is an international race, and may include any or all, around the island, buoy, and/or point-to-point racing. (Racing formats are subject to change.)

International Yacht Club Challenge

In addition, Sunsail charterers, on behalf of the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club can also compete in the International Yacht Club Challenge held during the BVI Spring Regatta (Fri.-Sun.), for a chance to win a free charter on a future sailboat. This challenge is only extended to yacht clubs and each club enters the race by chartering a SunSail monohull.

Dates for 2017

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival – March 27 to April 2, 2017.

Racing Classification - BAREBOAT

Yachts in this class must be owned or managed by a known bareboat operator acceptable to the Regatta Committee. Yachts shall conform to all restrictions for the Jib & Main Class except as follows: a) Bow numbers will be supplied; b) Spinnaker poles or other forms of bearing out spars are not allowed. c) Yachts must carry all the equipment normally carried on a bareboat charter in its normal position except for the dinghy and its motor, oars and fuel tank. Biminis and sail covers may be removed and stowed below, but must remain on board, along with the frame. Any boats found to be stripped or lightened shall be subject to a penalty. Yachts must comply with all safety requirements including that no part of an anchor shall overhang the bow while racing.

Booking & Price Information

Actual Race Days: March 28 – April 2, 2017
Regatta Period: March 27 – April 2, 2017
Charter Base: Tortola
Suggested Charter Dates: March 26 – April 3, 2017
Event Code: BVIS17
All Security Deposits and Insurances must be paid in advance of the charter.