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Making Waves & Money for VISAR


On June 5, Andrew Ball spent almost two hours swimming on his back from Saba Rock to Leverick Bay Resort and Marina in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. By the time he stood on solid ground, his legs were wobbly and …

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No Bluffing: Leverick Bay Poker Run is a Success

Leverick Bay Poker Run participants stop at Pirates at Norman Island. Photo by Todd VanSickle

  On May 29, hundreds of boaters took part in the 15th annual Leverick Bay Poker Run. Participants made stops at several venues around the territory collecting cards in hopes of creating a winning hand, while others followed the action …

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VX One Class Helps Celebrate 45 Years of BVISR

VX One Class: One-design racing makes for close racing at the mark. Photo by Todd VanSickle

The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival celebrated its 45th anniversary at the end of March, and for the most part the event stayed true to itself with around island racing and late night entertainment on the beach all situated …

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Painkiller Cup Attracts Unique, Strong Paddlers

Painkiller Cup: Kieran Grant, of Freedom City Surf, starts the first leg of the Painkiller Cup at Trellis Bay. Photo by Todd VanSickle

At the start of the fourth annual Painkiller Cup, boats filled with spectators followed the action along Tortola’s north shore cheering loudly as Bruno Mars’ hit song “Uptown Funk” blared through the air. For some paddlers, the cheering and music …

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Hitching a Ride on a RC44

RC44 Youth Program: Team CEEREF prepares to raise the sails prior to the start of a race. Photo: Todd VanSickle

Cedar International School senior Jason Putley sails a lot, so when he was given an opportunity to do a two-week internship with Team Aqua in the RC44 race series, he did not hesitate. “Everything they did, I did,” the 17-year-old …

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A Seaweed Problem

Sargassum rolls ashore on a beach in St. Maarten. Photo: OceanMedia

It’s an invasion. Throughout the year, countless Caribbean beaches and bays have turned reddish brown as the air has become thick with the odor of rotting eggs. From the sky, it is evident there is no relief in sight as …

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PR Heineken Regatta Looking to the Future

Smile and Wave head up wind to the mark during the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta. Photo by Todd VanSickle

This year’s Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta could be considered one of the most-friendly regattas or one of the most unforgiving. It all depends on whether you were on the land or at sea. The regatta was held on May …

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Leverick Bay Poker Run: Fast Boats for Charity

Boaters register at Leverick Bay Resort and Marina prior to the start of the Poker Run. Photo by Freeman Rogers

On May 24, hundreds of boaters competed in the 14th annual Leverick Bay Poker. The event doled out large cash prizes and donated thousands of dollars to charity. According to co-organizer Javier Lopez from JL Marketing in Puerto Rico, 225 …

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The Rise of the Drones: A New Perspective

Adrian prepares to launch the helikite. Photo by Todd VanSickle

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it’s a blimp with a GoPro attached to it. During the BVI Spring Regatta, Adrian Sinton’s modified helikite received a lot of attention on and off the water. The large …

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British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta

El Ocaso rounds Salt Island with spinnaker flying. Photo by Todd VanSickle

The 44th annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival at Nanny Cay stayed true to form with varied sailing conditions, exciting nightlife and happy sailors. The event attracted 78 boats, which raced three days in and around the Sir Francis …

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Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am Regatta

Anthony Kotoun sails to victory during the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am Regatta. Photo: Todd VanSickle

On the final day of the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am Regatta, sailors and spectators were called off the course when bolts of lightning were spotted in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. “It is the first time we have had …

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Interline Regatta: To Race or To Party?

Sailors party during a raft-up at Leverick Bay. Photo by Todd VanSickle

Over the 33 years the The Moorings has hosted the Interline Regatta, it has continued to live up to its reputation of good sailing and great parties. From October 14th – 23rd, airline professionals from around the world competed in …

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Duff Bags Back to School Regatta

Rayne Duff sails to victor in the Back to School Regatta. Photo by Todd VanSickle

As the second day of the Back to School Regatta got under way, Royal BVI Yacht Club Race Coach Rob Lind shouted instructions from his ten-foot dinghy to several youth sailors. “Let’s play rabbit,” he shouted. “Rayne [Duff] you be …

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BVI Poker Run Attracts More Than 200 Boats

Boats cut between Virgin Gorda (left) and Mosquito Island for the start of the Leverick Bay Poker Run. Photo by Todd VanSickle

Hundreds of boats zipped out of North Sound to start the 13th annual Leverick Bay Poker Run on May 25. The event attracted more than 200 boats from around the region and almost as many hands of poker were played, …

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Sailors Face Wild Weather at BVI Spring Regatta

The winning Melges 32 team Smile and Wave—Meaghan Hislop hangs off the rail while heading downwind. Photography by Todd VanSickle

The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival started with light winds, but by the end of the weeklong event sailors found themselves talking about the wet and wild conditions that they faced while competing. The regatta had 82 boats racing …

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