The British Virgin Islands are blessed with aquamarine waters, calm anchorages and deserted coves that have beguiled mariners for centuries. This sailor’s paradise was the setting for the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous held March 12th – 17th at the Bitter End Yacht Club.
Nearly twenty Swans, ranging in size from the Swan 44, South Wind to the Swan 62s Uxorious and Glisse, turned out for a week of fun and light-hearted competition. Run by Nautor’s Swan, participants at the Rendezvous enjoyed various activities including a hard-fought hors d’oeuvres contest, a cocktail contest, and some ‘fun’ regattas where Steve De Voe from Jamestown Boat Yard took charge of the Race Committee.
The Rendezvous kicked off with a welcome party in the beautiful surroundings of the Bitter End Yacht Club.
The racing action started on the first day with a ‘fun’ laser regatta in which Chris Brand, sailing the Swan 53, Merel Four, was winner. On the second day the fleet set sail through the islands where Nautor’s Swan hosted five days of fun on and off the water. Nautor’s Swan race management and event team took full advantage of their beautiful surroundings setting courses through the scenic archipelago of the BVI. This year the route saw the yachts visit Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island, Jost Van Dyke, Marina Cay and the idyllic desert island, Sandy Cay.
The Round Virgin Gorda race, held on the final day, was a highly competitive affair. The Swan 62, Uxorious, owned by Colin Buffin claimed line honors and the Dockwise Yacht Transport Trophy, while the Swan 53, Merel Four, chartered by Jonty and Vicki Layfield, won the race on corrected time.
“Once again we had a great time doing the Rendezvous on the Swan 53,” said Mr. Layfield, a Swan owner. “This was our second time and it was nice to meet up with old friends from last year. We will be looking forward to next year’s event.”
At the dinner and awards ceremony, staged by the Gazebo on Almond Walk at the Bitter End Yacht Club, the Swan Owners Association, including Steve De Voe, Dave Fraiser, and President Hank Schmitt, gave the coveted Best Maintained Swan Award to Twanette Tharp’s Swan 62, Glisse, from the USA.
“The 2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous was another successful event for Nautor’s Swan with a complete commitment to enjoyment by both participants and organizers,” noted Ettore Mattiello of Nautor’s Swan. “A full mix of fun racing and socializing with old and new Swan family friends in the warmth of the Caribbean sun and sea made 2012 a great Caribbean Rendezvous year.”
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