The 49th edition of the BVI Sailing Festival and Spring Regatta is the best place to enjoy sun, cocktails, beach, and sailing altogether. This is the best place for adventure and racing lovers too. This annual regatta takes place for a week in the British Virgin Islands surrounded by some stunning locations and deep blue waters. Several competitors return every year to this location to take part in the racing regatta, to soak under the sun and also to feel the joy of racing amidst trade winds.
The participants at the BVI Spring Regatta join this friendly competition from all parts of the world. Some of them race with their own boats and their long-time crew while others choose to charter bareboat from The Moorings and Sunsail, the event’s partners for a long time. Some also like to charter boats that are fully ready for the race from various companies such as Caribbean Races, Global yacht Racing, and LV Yachting Limited. Sunsail and The Moorings, who have Tortola as their home base, have provided racing bareboats that are in excellent condition. They have also provided some catamarans designed according to the customers which have been used as committee boats for the regatta.
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The last race of WIM 2018 series was the match race
called Carlos Aguilar. This was also the finale of the women’s international
match racing series or WIM for short. The event went on from November 29th
to December 2nd. During this period the participants showed great
determination and spirit. The team that remained undefeated was Courtois that
led from the start and ended with a score of 3-1 over their competitor Anna
Ostling of Sweden.
Courtois commented that they were able to win the first matches in round-robin besides two. The losses were to Margot Riou of France and Johanna Berggvist of Sweden. The matches were very close and the losses were due to minute mistakes. It also made them determined to win in the knock out rounds. As per their plan, Courtois sailed through smoothly in the matches held in the quarterfinals and won against US team run by Janel Zarkowsky. They also won over Renee Groeneveld in of Netherlands with a victory score of 3-0 in the semifinals. Their streak of success continued even in the finals.
Courtois commented that it was necessary to stay focused and not lose the matches. The conditions were challenging as well. There were shifty and strong winds to contend with as well that made it difficult to stay on the water. There were good starts as well as boat handling capabilities were good among the crew which helped to reach the victories. It also helped that the team had sailed together for two years. Courtois stated that without having a team working in coordination it was not possible to be a good skipper. The sparring partners that the team has in France had helped them prepare for this race. The final result was that Courtois and her team championed the series finale at CAMR.
Gul B14 National Championship began in 2nd August 2018 on Torbay waters; here the weather and water conditions will probably vary during this weekend, but with 15 boats as part of the fleet there will be intense competition to make it in the top ten. There would be some going home disappointed, but there would be sponsorships by Bays Brewery as well as game night organized at Leaky’s which would provide adequate compensation for the ones who would not make the final titles.
Among the participants there are two teams that stand out; Blue Badge and Brightmile are considered favorites of this race as they have proven their performance before. However, there would be keen title fights this time that would challenge their capabilities as well. Besides the main title there is the Classic prize to be won for the strong mid fleet.
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