BVI Spring Regatta underway today

Published on April 4th, 2014

(April 4, 2014) – The three day BVI Spring Regatta gets underway today with a fleet of international and local yachts racing on three courses.

The One Design Course will feature a windward-leeward route for the Melges 32 and IC 24 classes. The racing boats and performance cruisers will be on the SOL Course, beginning with a pair of windward-leeward races, followed by a third race planned around the islands. Most of the classes racing the Norman Course for cruising yachts will race twice on Friday, with the course staged near Peter, Norman and Flannagan Islands. The Norman course will include the jib & main, bareboat and multihull yachts.

“We think the wind is going to be up in the low 20s and we expect just to have a good time,” said Matt Brooks, owner of the wooden yawl and Transpac winner, Dorade. “You never know how things will go in sailboat racing. We’ll just try to do our best, have some fun and see what happens. We’re looking forward very much to participating in the regatta.”

Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) will be back on the race course after winning the Nanny Cay Cup on Tuesday. Joining Peter Vroon’s yacht in the Racing 1 fleet is the RP 52, Highland Fling XII; two British yachts – Bella of London (Grand Soliel 50) and Fenix (Swan 60) – along with the Russian crew onboard Parma, the Dufour 45E Performance yacht.

On the One Design course, three Melges 32s from Puerto Rico will be racing – Lazy Dog, Smile and Wave, and SOCA – along with Kick ’em Jenny 2 from St. Maarten. The six-boat, IC 24 fleet features two local yachts – INTAC and Tortola Express.

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