Over last 29 years, the Bequia Easter Regatta has grown into one of the region's most popular and well-attended regattas, with visitors and competitors coming from all over the world to be in Bequia for the four days of racing action over the long Easter weekend.
Last year's record-breaking turnout of 50 yachts emphatically confirmed Bequia Regatta's popularity in the yacht racing and cruising community. In particular, the J24 Class, first introduced in Bequia in 2005, and since 2006 with its own specially designed courses, is now arguably Bequia regatta's hottest and most competitive Class, thanks to the commitment of the Bequia Sailing Club to continually grow and develop this Class in parallel with the rising popularity of J24s in the region. In 2010, this commitment will bear fruit when the overall winner of Bequia J24 6-race series will also be crowned the first-ever J24 Southern Caribbean Champion.
Regatta 2009 also saw the creation of a new One Design Class for the 25-foot French "Surprise" racing boats which have been coming to Bequia in increasing numbers since their first visit over 10 years ago. Now officially with their own Class, a full turnout of all the 10 or more Martinican Surprises is anticipated this Easter, along with the usual strong French Racing Class entry.
But Bequia is not all about sweat and spinnakers. Two Cruising classes, including the ever-popular Cruising II Class specially tailored for cruisers, live-aboards and "regatta rookies," ensure that there really is something for practically everyone in Bequia's regatta. Add to that the spectacle of the colourful and hotly contested local double-ender three-race series, Lay Day activities, great hospitality and generous support from main sponsors SVG tourism Authority, Heineken, Mount Gay, Pepsi, Mountain Top Spring Water, Frangipani Hotel, Bequia Beach Hotel and a very warm welcome wherever you go, there's no reason not to make a date to be in Bequia this Easter!
Preview submitted by Bequia Sailing Club