West End Yacht Club News
The popularity of the West End Yacht Club’s Races and Fungatters has caught the eye of a traditional rum sponsor – Goslings Black Seal Rum. At a suggestion from the Goslings distributor in the BVI the club has agreed to take four of its six events and run them as a series for the racing season from May 2011 to March 2012. Boats are competing for the honor of the new trophy -The Gosling Cup! Qualifying races to date were: Foxy’s Wooden Boat and Classic Plastic Regatta, The Annual Firecracker 500 and the Gustav Wilmerding all comers race. Two races to count.
The climax and fourth Regatta in the series will be the two race series to Anegada, aptly named the Dark and Stormy Regatta. Sign up for The Dark and Stormy will be at De Loose Mongoos, Trellis Bay,on Friday March 9th. The fleet races to Anegada on the10th for a party at Anegada Reef Hotel followed by a lay day on the 11th with beach games, kite flying and RIB races. On the 12th, the fleet races in pursuit format back to West End, Tortola for the final party and prize giving at The Jolly Roger.
While it takes time for new good things to grow WEYC saw a near record turn out for the Gustav. Commodore Martin van Houten reports that the word is getting out about the ‘new game in town’ and WEYC expects a big turn out on March 8th. Contact Martin van Houten: [email protected]
The 34th Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta: This near unique Red Hat event will be run February 17th to 19th out of The Jolly Roger, with day one celebrating the Schooner Class. This is a great opportunity to see these true Grand Dames of the Caribbean. The opening day also includes a single-hander race for the intrepid braving the tricky currents around Soper’s Hole. Day two includes a Classic Boat Race and Couples Race in any class of boat for two consenting couplesâ€”always a lot of fun.
Funds from these and other WEYC events go to assist sailing needs around the BVI.
The WEYC thank all past participants and sponsors for their support. Through their generosity, this year the club was able to donate over $7000 to various sailing projects in the BVI.