Friday 9th November will be a busy night at the RBVIYC Royal BVI Yacht Club bar. As many as 24 teams could be registering for the second annual Nanny Cay Nation’s Cup. Up to five crew…but just one passport, that’s all you need to know. It’s an international display of sailing talent with more stringent entry requirements than the America’s Cup.
The event is staged by ‘Racing in Paradise,’ the BVI’s premier one-design race/charter outfit, with their entire fleet of 12 IC24s ready for action. Richard Wooldridge and Chris Haycraft, the co-founders of Racing in Paradise, comment ‘the association with Nanny Cay to sponsor this event is a perfect match. We set up a large marquee, a mobile bar, food stalls and even have a running commentary. It all generates quite a unique atmosphere. National pride is at stake, it’s all jovial with costumes and hats on the outside but under that thin veneer lies some intense rivalry.’
Last year’s event saw 14 teams representing seven countries comprising 70 sailors. The teams rotated around seven IC24s for a total of 18 races, each team competing in nine races. This year there are 12 IC24s available allowing a maximum of 24 teams. Wooldridge notes ‘the matrix format worked really well last year, teams got a rest ashore and never sailed the same boat twice. This year we hope to expand our entry and would especially like to see more Caribbean Islands represented. There are some great sailors in Antigua, Trinidad, St.Lucia, St.Martin, Grenada, the USVIs…to mention a few. This event is so easy, book a super hotel room at Nanny Cay and fly in, everything else is laid on by us.’
The big question is…will any nation be able to challenge the BVI dominance?
That remains to be seen. It was Robbie Hirst who happily lifted the fine perpetual trophy last year having only just managed to keep the his BVI rival, Colin Rathbun, in second place. Scott Nixon, a J22 National Champion from Annapolis came in third followed by Peurto Rico’s Fraito Lugo. Scott Nixon summed up the event ‘it was unbelievable, it was the best venue I have been to all over the world, the perfect beach, the perfect breeze, great boats, great people, it was just awesome. We’ve had a great time and will be back next year’.
To enter, download details from www.racinginparadise.com. It’s going to be first come, first served so don’t delay, round up your rockstars and let’s see what team you play for!