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Yacht Club News September 2010

Royal BVI Yacht Club

After eight consecutive years of hosting the BVI Spring Regatta (BVISR), Nanny Cay Resort and Marina will support the event for an additional five years. Miles Sutherland-Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay, met with Bob Phillips, chairman of the BVISR committee, to sign the agreement in July. The renewed contract confirms Nanny Cay, located between Road Town and West End on Tortola, as the presenting sponsor and host venue provider through 2016.

"Nanny Cay has been an ideal partner these past years," said Phillips. "There has been a good synergy between the committee's efforts to promote the event and the expansion of facilities and services at Nanny Cay. We have a strong, team-spirited working relationship with Miles and his crew and we are delighted that we can look forward to another half a decade of delivering a great experience to all the regatta and sailing festival sailors and supporters."

Next year marks the fortieth anniversary of the event, which started as a sailing event for a handful of 19' Squibs and 14' Sunfish. The three-day Sailing Festival was introduced as a prelude to the regatta in 2003. The organising committee, in partnership with the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association, will roll out special events throughout the week of sailing to mark the occasion in 2011.

"Nanny Cay is very pleased to renew its arrangement with the BVISR," said Sutherland-Pilch. "Over the years, we have substantially improved the infrastructure and honed our preparations for the regatta."

The Regatta Village, located on the beach at Nanny Cay, receives over fifteen hundred visitors during the four-day regatta period. To provide a better venue, Nanny Cay built a canopied deck that serves as a stage for the live entertainment and the awards ceremony. The marina has the capacity (berths for 180 yachts) to accommodate the majority of the participating yachts (more than 160 in some years). The boatyard, on-site chandlery, marine contractors and shops also provide services.

Regatta attendees enjoy numerous goodies on site including two restaurants, a swimming pool and bar, a small supermarket, a hotel, shops and boutiques, a dive shop, a water sports center, free Wi-Fi service and a gym and spa.

St. Maarten Yacht Club
The club's annual Offshore Regatta took place in June with nine boats racing "in what one could only deem as horrendous sailing conditions," according to the club's report. "Competitors started their long journey in St. Maarten on Friday and made their way to Statia for the first leg, continuing on from there on Saturday with a finish in Nevis. Sunday led all competitors back to St. Maarten in what some might consider the slowest race ever. Despite the lack of wind competitors seemed to have a great time during this event and were reminded of the good old days where races were held for fun and good sportsmanship.

"While in Nevis, the local Yacht Club hosted a mini prize giving and participants received prizes for some unique categories. The most Melodic Boat was won by Leo Lighthard and his crew of Star Chaser who sang harmonious football songs during clearing in at customs. Their prize was claimed only after they sang for their case of Carib beer. The second award went to Bobby on L'Esperance for his good sportsmanship when towing in a competitor. The third prize, an Ugga horn, went to team Panic Attack so that they would have a calling device for Sunday's racing. The final prize of the evening went to Ian Hope Ross of Kick em Jenny for the most hangovers.

"Race officers Andrew and Lyn Rapley and regatta organizers Rob and Petra Gilders flew to each location in their own planes making this a truly multi-vessel event. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club hosted the final prizegiving on Wednesday evening. First place in the non-spinnaker class went to Garth Steyn and his crew on Pelican Marina Residence, Second to L'Esperance and third to Caribella. In the spinnaker class, first place went to Kick em Jenny and second to Panic Attack. The Mulithull class saw Too Rhum Punch come in first; coincidently this was the only boat to finish the race on Sunday. Second place went to Katzenellenbogen skippered by Robbie Ferron and third went to Leo Lighthart on Star Chaser."

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