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Tortola – West End Yacht Club
The West End Yacht Club in Tortola, BVI, has finalized its calendar for 2013 with dates that avoid conflicts with the major International regattas around the circuit.

Four of the WEYC six traditional regattas also qualify for the second running of the Goslings Series. This year the series is being run in concert with two extra Royal BVIYC races.

The climax of the 2012/13 series is the 16th Annual Dark and Stormy on March 8th-11th which runs from Tortola to Anegada and back.


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The dates for 2013 are:

February 15th – 18th
35th Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and
31st Annual Classic Yacht Regatta

March 8th – 11th*
16th Annual Dark and Stormy Regatta

May 24th – 26th*
39th Annual Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta

July 6th*
22nd Annual Firecracker 500 Race

October 26th-27th
16th Annual Foxy’s Cat Fight

November 30*
Gustav Wilmerding 23rd Annual Memorial Challenge

*Part of Goslings Regatta Series.
(Dates may change to accommodate various events.)


Ponce Yacht & Fishing Club
Report by Carol Bareuther
Organizers plan to pack plenty of racing and parties into the weekend of November 9th to 11th for this year’s Discover the Caribbean Series. Sailors will enjoy the Puerto Rican hospitality, great racing and a complimentary boat slip from November 3rd to December 2nd.

Race courses will consist of windward-leeward for the race division, and regulatory marks for the cruisers. Classes include Racing, Cruising, Jib & Main, J/24, IC/24s and Hobie Cats. All participating sailors receive complimentary breakfasts and dinners, live entertainment and plenty of Puerto Rican rum to keep the party going all weekend long at the newly renovated facilities of the host Ponce Yacht & Fishing Club (PYFC).

Two weekends later, November 23rd to 25th, the PYFC host its Discover the Caribbean Dinghy Regatta, an event that offers a fun weekend for aspiring junior sailors to display their skills on the water. Fifty sailors on Optimists, Snipes, Lasers and some 20 Sunfish will compete on trapezoid courses. Some of Puerto Rico’s best junior champions will be among the participants.

For details and a complete schedule of events, visit www.discoverpyfc.com or call the PYFC at 787-842-9003


Antigua – Jolly Harbour Yacht Club
The 2013 Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta will celebrate its 20th anniversary from February 7th to 10th and big changes are in the offing.

Building on the foundation that Jolly Harbour Yacht Club has already created for this exciting event, a group of interested parties in Jolly Harbour has come together with the Yacht Club to build the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta into a major international event. The Foundation Partners of this expanded sailing festival include Caribbean Developments (Antigua) Ltd., Budget Marine, Jolly Harbour Marina, Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, Jolly Harbour Merchants’ Association and Jolly Harbour Homeowners’ Association.

The revamped three-day regatta will include professionally-managed fun racing for boats with a maximum 10ft draft. Classes will be available for CSA-rated boats, bareboats, Carriacou sloops, Lasers, Dragons and other one-design boats and dinghies. A pursuit race series will also be held for those who prefer individual starts to fleet starts. This event will also feature a poker run along with the dinghy racing.

For info, visit: www.jollyharbourregatta.com


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Gary Brown
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Gary E. Brown is the Editorial Director of All At Sea Caribbean. He is a presenter on Island 92, 91.9 FM, St. Maarten, and the author of the thriller/sailing adventure Caribbean High. For more information, visit: garyebrown.net

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