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BVI Bulletin – Jun 06

WILLY-T SOUTH DROP FISHING CHALLENGE

As much as we love our sailing, in the BVI, we also like to fish. In the Willy-T South Drop Fishing Challenge the fish weren’t biting but that didn’t seem to bother Kikker who topped the fleet in this fun fishing competition. The event attracted 10 boats with 40 anglers; however only seven fish qualified for the five-pound minimum weight requirement. Kikker took top honors with 63 pounds weighing in on the scales and was thus named the winner of the “Willy-T Best Boat Award”. Laurens Blok reeled in a 37-pound dolphin to take top angling honours; David Pettigrew caught a 26-pound dolphin helping the boat to win the honors. Mr. Blok was awarded both the Caribbean Insurers’ Best Angler Award and the Aleman, Cordero, Galindo and Lee Trust (BVI) Ltd. Best Dolphin Award.

Whopper finished in 2 nd place with Andres Calvo and Horacio Waycick catching 53 pounds of fish. Johan Terblanche’s Century finished in third place as John McKenna caught a 33-pound dolphin. Mahoe Bay reeled in an 11-pound dolphin to win Best Junior Angler. Boss Frett on Mad Dog snagged a seven-pound blackfin tuna to win the Tool Town Best Tuna Award. Christ Haycraft was awarded the “Wet Willie, wee Willie Award” for bringing the smallest fish to the weigh-in, while Mick Gardner was awarded the Golden Hind "Crappiest Fish" award.

MONTPELIER OYSTER REGATTA HELD AT NANNY CAY

It was a thrill this year to view the annual Montpelier Regatta. Each year the Oyster Annual Regatta Series in the Caribbean alternates between Antigua and the BVI, who were the 2006 hosts. The day after the BVI Spring Regatta 22 Oysters arrived at Nanny Cay Marina for the five-day event. One of the early arrivals was Ravenous, a beautifully maintained Oyster 70 which had won the Concours Award at several previous events. Bill Dockser, the American owner of Ravenous, is in many ways responsible for the event as, during a round of golf, he had originally convinced Oysters founder Richard Matthews to start the Oyster Regatta series in 1993. This 13 th regatta had been preceded in past years by events in Newport, Auckland, Cowes, Antigua, Palma and Cadiz. After registration and a skippers briefing, the evening started with a poolside drinks party and a buffet supper alongside the dock at Peg Legs Restaurant. Those attending included double Olympic Gold Medalist Shirley Robertson with husband Jamie.

Unlike many other events, owners and crews live aboard throughout the regatta, which included 4 race days with overnight anchorages and parties at Cane Garden Bay, The Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda and Marina Cay. The fleet then returned to Nanny Cay. The regatta is run on a low-key fun basis under the Oyster Handicap System (OHS) which has evolved over several years and has produced some remarkably close racing. OHS takes account of rig and keel configurations and sail inventory and allows yachts to be rated under plain sail or with a cruising chute or spinnaker declared before each day of racing. Results are as follows:

Class 1 – Ravenous 70’ Class2 – Posterity;
Luskentyre – 72’ – The Yachting World Trophy – presented to the best placed yacht in both classes over the regatta not to have won in either class
Class 1 – Sarita; Class 2 – Zephyr – The Montpelier Oyster Regatta Trophies for the best place yachts in each class during the regatta

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