Fred Porter and the Anguilla Sailing Association tell us that based on the success of their 5th Annual Anguilla Regatta in May, plans are well under way for next years’ races May 9, 10 & 11, 2008. “The goal is not only to get 40 boats but also to retain the feel and camaraderie of the ‘best regatta in the Caribbean’,” he says. “The Anguilla Sailing Association has used the proceeds of last year’s regatta to put more than 50 youngsters from the community through their excellent Optimist Dinghy sailing program. Ryan Kuja, the full time instructor, has stirred great interest in this worthwhile program teaching kids the national sport of Anguilla. The Anguilla Youth Sailing Club will also participate in other islands’ Opti regattas and host the second annual Anguilla Opti regatta in 2008.”
British Virgin Islands
Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke reminds everyone that this year’s annual Catfight and Halloween Ball will again be the last weekend in October, the 26th and 27th.
“We look forward to seeing our regular contingent of multihull maniacs, as well as welcoming some new racers to the madness,” says Foxy Callwood. The event is the first race of the Loyal West End Yacht Club racing season, and is the only exclusively multihull race in the BVI. The race is PHRF rated, and categories are by length overall. It is not a pursuit race, but the starts are staggered by one minute each, and the boats start by order of registration number. This helps to decongest the start line and make for a safe and fun, yet very competitive race.
The Royal BVI Yacht Club is organizing authority for the Nanny Cay Nations Cup on the weekend of November 17-19 at Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola. The event is open to five-crew teams representing one country–each team member must be eligible to race for that Country under ISAF Nationality guidelines. The regatta will use IC24s supplied by Racing In Paradise in a round robin rotation and the event is open to teams weighing a total of between 700 and 850 lbs. Registration, skippers’ briefing and weigh-in will be held at the Royal BVI Yacht Club on Friday, November 17 at 1800. Boats will be allocated by the Race Committee. www.racinginparadise.com
United States Virgin Islands
St. Thomas Yacht Club brings back last November’s successful maiden event which drew 70 competitors from the U.S.V.I., for their 2nd Annual St. Thomas Radiology Women’s Regatta and Tennis Tournament, Nov 9th – 11th, 2007. Last year, St. John’s Mimi Roller won the Laser Radial class, Christine Thompson took the Laser 4.7s, and the St. Croix team of Sydney Jones and Krista Siino won in the Club 420s. Yacht Club Manager Bill Canfield reports that the same classes are slated and, “This year a Master’s division will be added to encourage more participation from the ‘older’ set. In tennis we will have three divisions and doubles.” Verian Aguilar, Jessica Rosenberg and Elsbeth Bartlett are the co chairs
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