Please select your home edition
Feb-Nov23 Leaderboard Lasdrop2

BVI Spring Regatta 2020 - Caribbean racing at its finest!

by Michelle Slade 12 Feb 2020 15:43 GMT 30 March - 5 April 2020
A mecca for sailing on a huge variety of courses between islands and the protected waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel - the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival © Ingrid Abery /

Superb racing competition, conditions and camaraderie await sailors of all levels at the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival.

In just six weeks, some 800 sailors and crew from around the world will descend on the beautiful island of Tortola to take advantage of springtime Caribbean race conditions. Trade breezes. Sun. Warm Water.

"The BVI is the mecca for sailing for three very important reasons," Bob Phillips, Regatta Chairman said. "With its 64 islands and rocks, you never run out of interesting and challenging places to sail. We have protected water in the Sir Francis Drake Channel where most of the racing is done, so even when trade winds are blowing their normal 15, 18, and 20 knots, you still have comfortable conditions for most sailors with the opportunity for ocean-like conditions if desired. We have it all!"

With all the choices that the BVI has with natural lay marks and islands, Race Committee has multiple course possibilities to tap into, to mix up the racing each race day. Race officers initiate the design of courses on the water to match the tactical conditions, especially in shifting weather so that racing is always challenging.

"Not only is the racing superb, but for those who want to combine a race holiday with cruising before or after, our islands are unbelievably lush, with anchorages every 20 minutes - it's just a comfortable, beautiful place to sail," Phillips added.

Some 60% of the BVI Spring Regatta fleet comprises sailors who return year after year, excited for the racing conditions and the opportunity to meet new people as well as reunite with long-time sailing friends.

Jeremy Jablonksi (USA) owner/skipper of the Hanse Avanti has participated in Spring Regatta annually for many years. He won his class last year by just one point over longtime racing friends on the GS52 Cachondo, owned/skippered by Jose Teixidor (PUR).

"Racing against Cachondo last year was an amazing play of minds and sail trim, which was fantastic - the Regatta is always challenging and fun for us," Jablonski noted with his huge enthusiasm.

Most of Pamala Baldwin's young career racing crew have returned to sail with her this season on her boat Liquid, a J122. Baldwin is a long-time regular on the Caribbean race circuit and prides herself on providing a steppingstone for young sailors to professional racing.

Liquid's skipper Jules White commented: "Team Liquid are looking forward to the challenging conditions that BVI Spring Regatta delivers every year. It always attracts a competitive fleet for us and the variety of courses throughout the week gives every boat a chance to play their hand. It's always a favorite for us and a pleasure to race in such beautiful waters."

Local BVI sailors never tire of their "backyard" racing. Mark Sanders from Tortola will be racing his Corsair 31 Island Hops in which he handily won the Sport Multihull class last year with an eight-point lead.

"I have always enjoyed the BVI Spring Regatta from both a social perspective but more so the actual racing element itself," Sanders said. "The competition is fierce, with many talented racers from all over participating. Last year's Round the Island race gave us record breaking conditions of SE 18-24kts, it was a day to remember. We took Island Hops in over 20kts for the first time, under jib and main alone, then rounded the eastern point of Scrub, launched our rather large Code, and took off like a robber's dog! Island Hops was one of only five boats out of 55 to complete the rounding, which we did in under three hours - about the same as the Volvo 70, but on a slightly smaller budget!"

Racing in the highly competitive sports multihull fleet and knowing local conditions intimately, Joe San Martin, from St Croix says the BVI Spring Regatta offers the perfect racing environment. He has raced the event 17 times on Piglet, his 23' Newick trimaran, the first of the small trimarans to enter the Regatta almost 20 years ago. Since then, local BVI sailors have embraced sports trimarans with some 8 boats expected to compete this year.

"All those islands as rounding marks!" San Martin stated. "We absolutely love the venue and everything in Nanny Cay. The Nanny Cay staff are committed and involved in the event - there is no better in the Caribbean."

Dave Brennan, Principal Race Officer, has been officiating BVI Spring Regatta for almost 20 years. He's raced all his life, starting in dinghies then big boats in offshore distance racing.

"I've been to a lot of different venues and situations and just love racing in the BVI where the sailing is absolutely brilliant - we can sail in crystal-clear deep water right up to huge big rocks that come out of 300 feet of water. We like to mix up the courses to give racers two or three options of rocks to go around - it's a fun and different kind of approach to decision making and competitors don't all have to go around same course."

It's never too late to register to enjoy the best racing that the Caribbean has to offer - sign up now, BVI Spring Regatta looks forward to seeing you next month!

To see current list of 2020 entries and to register visit here.

For further information please go to

Related Articles

BVI Spring Regatta finishes on a light note
An amazing week of warm water, hot racing & cool parties! Competitors racing in the 51st edition of the BVI Spring Regatta experienced a week of mixed conditions which put the best to the test; light for Spring Regatta and typical windy trades for the Sailing Festival Posted on 8 Apr
BVI Spring Regatta 2024 Day 2
Cheers to a day of thrilling races and vibrant camaraderie! Smooth sailing prevailed as winners and leaders in their classes navigated the challenging conditions on the penultimate day of the BVI Spring Regatta. Posted on 7 Apr
BVI Spring Regatta 2024 Day 1
A day of tricky, light wind conditions out on the Sir Francis Drake race course It's the penultimate day of the BVI Spring Regatta and after a day of tricky, light wind conditions out on the Sir Francis Drake race course, class winners are starting to emerge throughout the fleet. Posted on 6 Apr
Festivities at BVI Spring Regatta
Regatta Village at Nanny Cay was officially opened on Thursday Welcome festivities kicked off on Thursday evening when the Regatta Village at Nanny Cay was officially opened with a stunning art exhibition by local artists representing the significance of maritime activity in the BVI. Posted on 5 Apr
Game on for start of BVI Spring Regatta
High level competition anticipated across ten classes Competition is a relative term but there are a ton of high-level sailors racing BVI Spring Regatta which begins on Friday for a three-day series of exhilarating racing in the stunning waters around the BVI. Posted on 5 Apr
Scrub Island Invitational
A perfect cocktail of racing and relaxing Today's winners in the Scrub Island Invitational included Terry McLaughlin sailing on Sul Vento, a Sunsail 41 in the bareboat division. Posted on 4 Apr
Epic conditions for Round Tortola Race
The kick-off event for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Today was epic for the Round Tortola Race, the kick-off event for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Posted on 3 Apr
All set for BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
Warm water… hot racing… cool parties The docks at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina are full and ready to roll as ten classes prepare to race in the 51st edition of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Posted on 31 Mar
Heineken sponsors BVI Spring Regatta
Depth of sponsorship endorses BVISR as one of Caribbean's top regattas Heineken and LaMarca are on board for BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (BVISR), and these new sponsors are committed to ensure the best Caribbean regatta experience possible for competitors, their friends and families. Posted on 9 Mar
BVI Spring Regatta joins Maxi Multihull Series
As the multihull trend continues to spiral upwards As the multihull trend continues to spiral upwards with no end in sight to the number of boats enjoying the winter racing series in the Caribbean, the BVI Spring Regatta is excited to now be part of the inaugural Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series. Posted on 29 Feb