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Dec 04 BVI Bulletin

Pete Shields Memorial
Regatta

Unfortunately the winds were so light for the first day of
the Pete Shields Memorial Regatta on Saturday, October 9th, that
Racing Officer Ron Gurney, had to call the I-14 regatta.
However, they picked up on Sunday and the
regatta continued in Road Harbor.Ron
tells me,“Under the circumstances it
was a highly competitive day of racing.
Spirits were as good as you can get.
We want to thank Chris Rosenberg, from St. Thomas, who showed, once
again, his excellent sportsmanship.”

Dr. Robin Tattersall was the Water Umpire with Guy Eldridge
assisting Ron Gurney.The 1st
place winner was Olympian Robbie Hurst followed by Andrew Waters in 2nd
place and Richard Woolridge in 3rd.
Highland Springs Water, Quantum Sails and Tortola Yacht Services sponsored
the event.Hats off to the Royal BVI
Yacht Club for their entire IC-24 series – they certainly have a great
following and it’s terrific to see the sailors racing every week.

Pat Nolan Wins the 15th
Annual “Willy T” Virgin’s Cup

The weather was great, the sailing highly competitive and
the camaraderie the best ever.Well,
you can just count on this for the Virgin’s Cup.
For the third year in a row, Pat Nolan, owner and instructor of
Sistership Sailing School, won the annual “Willy T” Virgin’s Cup on
Boomerang,
her super fast J-33.
What a weekend!
The race was so successful that sailors were still partying on
Norman Island on the day after.Held on
Saturday, Oct. 16th, this popular "Women Skippers Only"
drew a field of
eleven boats who gathered in the Sir Francis Drake Channel for the multi-class
start at 10:30 am.Sponsored by the
Royal BVI Yacht Club, Gosling Rum and Red Stripe Beer and Hosted by the Willy
T, this is one of the best races of the year!
Hundreds gathered on the decks of the old steel boat to party and
congratulate the winners.Owners Mick
Gardner & Ewan Anderson thanked everyone all around with Annie Gardner
making and awarding the great prizes for winners.
She always does a bang-up job.
Following in 2nd place was Sue Ellen on Guy Eldridge’s Melges
24, “Mistress Quickly”.
Congratulations to both ladies and to all of
the other helmswomen too.You outdid
yourselves this year – both the sailing and partying were the best.
Way to go, girls!!!!

BAT CAVE WILL
CONTINUE SAYS OWNERS – Bar, boats burn

Holy Cow! April & John Schultheiss,
owners of the sailor’s favorite BAT CAVE & Spaghetti Junction in Road Town,
were off on their annual holiday when word came from the BVI that not only had
their bar and restaurant burned to the ground but several other boat related
business and boats.Sailors were
shocked as the two-storey building burned recently. A 10-ton catamaran, loosened
from a dock near to the fire, caught fire, drifted 30 yards or so, and sunk to
the bottom of the bay. A total of seven boats were damaged or destroyed,
including Aquaventure’s dive boat. I spoke with owners John & April
recently and they reported that they were just thankful that no one was
hurt.They are going to rebuild soon in
an undisclosed location.I will
definitely be covering this “opening” in a future column but in the mean time I
wish them both luck – and also the others that suffered such losses.

Chris Houchin Dies

It is with much sadness that I
announce the death of friend and fellow sailor Chris Houchin who passed away
October 6, at his residence in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Chris was a good friend, a great pilot and wonderful
sailor.  He lived life to the fullest and shared with us all.
He was a member of both the WEYC and the
RBVIYC.We shall all miss him dearly.

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