The third and final day of racing brought light winds to an eager fleet. The Norman and Sol course got off a few races to shake up the leader board and determine the champions for the weekend. Meet some of them and some other teams with a great story.
UPDATE: BVI Spring Regatta Race Results 29-31 March 2019
BVI Spring Regatta 2019 - Saturday March 30, 2019
The Mount Gay Rum Party was a blast on Friday night with a sandbag grinding competition, prizes on a wheel, band, dancing in the sand and daily awards. Racing for Saturday was canceled, due to light air, so we took a tour of a few of the boats in the 90-boat fleet. T2PTV: Sailing On Demand videos above published Mar 30-31, 2019.
BVI Spring Regatta 2019 - Friday March 29, 2019
With the Sailing Festival complete, today was the first day of racing for the BVI Spring Regatta! Fair winds, a hard-working race committee and 90+ boats on two race courses in Sir Francis Drake Channel. T2PTV: Sailing On Demand video above published Mar 29, 2019. See also BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival preview video.
BVI Spring Regatta 2019 schedule
BVI Spring Regatta March 25-31, 2019 #BVISR
25 March, 2019 - Tortola, British Virgin Islands: Records Smashed in Round Tortola Race
A perfect day for record setting at the BVI Sailing Festival saw Fujin, the Bieker 53 catamaran owned and skippered by Greg Slyngstad, win the Nanny Cay Challenge with the fastest elapsed time of 1:57:16, breaking the standing record set in 2015 by the trimaran Triple Jack of 2:33:40. The monohull record was also overturned by E1, the Volvo 70 skippered by Rafal Sawicki in an elapsed time of 2:53:08, beating the previous record set in 2016 by the TP52 Spookie of 3:08:43.
Plenty of buzz added to the fun vibe around the docks in Nanny Cay as boats returned after close racing in all classes. Gunboat 62 Mach Schnell, owned and skippered by Kent Haeger also broke Triple Jack's 2015 record in 2:00:39, taking first in the multihull class on corrected time. The Rapido 60 trimaran owned and skippered by Steve Bourne also broke the 2015 record finishing in 2:19:54.
Sailing with the same crew of eight who recently won the Caribbean 600, Fujin owner/skipper Greg Slyngstad commented, "Today's race was one of the reasons we came out - the weather conditions looked good to try for the record. Mach Schnell was pushing us hard, it was a lot of fun, and we've raced against Triple Jack in the past and in lighter air they've beaten us. Conditions were really excellent, we saw over 25 knots but it was steady at 19-21 most of the race, with big puffs and lulls coming over the island on the north side - we're getting the boat figured out!"
BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival 2019- NO FEAR! video. BVI Spring Regatta in 2019! Tortola is open, restaurants and stores are open, and Moorings and Sunsail charters are waiting for you! Official website bvispringregatta.orgRob Butler on Touch2PlayRacing is back for his fifth #BVISR!— BVI Spring Regatta (@springregatta) February 28, 2019
“Our best memory of the event was almost winning last year; we lost to a great bunch of guys on a Melges 24! We really like the blend of windward/leeward & point to point racing!"
See you soon Rob and his crew! ⛵️🌊 pic.twitter.com/ymH4cS62UM
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