BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival - Early-bird booking

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24 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018 £995.00
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BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival - Early-bird booking

Venue: BVI

Price from: £995 per person

Duration: 7 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

Sail around some of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean, bikini sailing with clear blue water. All whilst showing the boys how it's done!

What the Girls Had to Say

"BVI is so beautiful, loved the racing, enjoyed the regatta, met lots of interesting people both on and off the boat. Now working out how to fit more sailing in around work and grandchildren!" Irene - BVI Regatta March 2017

Starts: Saturday at 1630 @ Nanny Cay Marina

Finishes: 9am Monday at Nanny Cay Marina

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About The Event

This regatta has become one of the Caribbean's premier yacht races with a reputation for serious competition and serious partying. The week long BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival takes you throughout the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Starting at Nanny Cay the Sailing Festival races up the Sir Frances Drake Channel to the renowned Bitter End Yacht Club. After the warm up festival, the BVI Spring Regatta kicks off three days of some of the best racing in the Caribbean.

The BVI regatta is so unique - there are so many islands in the BVIs that you get to use them as race marks, rather than the inflatable buoys. It's the most amazing experience - and you won't get this anywhere else in the world! We can guarentee that by doing the BVI regatta you can combine cruising, sightseeing and competitive racing all in one week!!!

We offer a full training/race package during which time we'll cover: racing rules, starting techniques, upwind boat handling, downwind boat handling.
Our professional crew will train you to ensure that the racing is safe, fun and that each crew member is able to make a valuable contribution to the team effort. 

Post-racing parties are planned for every night providing an excellent opportunity to swap stories over a few drinks. The fun is non-stop and the buzz is really exhilarating! If you plan a few extra days stay then there are loads of amazingly beautiful places to swim, snorkel and visit.

Other activities

Enjoy cocktails on the beach, a yoga session at sunrise or take a trip to the Bath's at Virgin Gorda. These beautiful islands have so much to offer. Join in the dinghy sailing competition on lay day at the Bitter End or take a trip to Anegada... The choices are endless!

The Boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 

What's included

  • 1 days race training
  • 2 days racing in the festival
  • 3 days racing around the cans
  • 8 nights on-board accommodation*
  • Team shirt
  • Exclusive use of yacht
  • Professional crew & instruction
  • Food starter kit
  • Race entry fees 
  • Yacht Insurance
  • Mooring fees, diesel and water

*please ask us about upgrade options 

What's not included

Flights, transfers & shore-side accommodation 

Other Regattas that you may be interested in:
RORC CARIBBEAN 600                   ST MAARTEN REGATTA
BVI REGATTA                                 LES VOILES DE St BARTHS
GRENADA REGATTA                       ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK

If you have any questions please take a look at our FAQs or get in touch!

 

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About the BVIs

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) might still be part of the British empire but aside from scattered offerings of fish and chips, there's little that's overtly British! Most travelers come to enjoy the spectacular weather and dawdle among the 50-plus isles. With steady trade winds, calm currents, protected bays and pirate-ship bars, this is one of the world's sailing hot spots!

Powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and a sheltered, yacht-filled harbour characterize the island of Tortola, where the past of the West Indies meets the present of the BVI. The protected anchorages at Brandywine Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Hodge's Creek Marina Cay, Soper's Hole and Trellis Bay are ideal for boaters. Secluded palm-shaded beaches at Apple Bay, Brewer's Bay, Elizabeth Beach, Josiah's Bay Beach, Long Bay Beach and Smuggler's Cove make for excellent swimming and snorkelling. There are many well-equipped facilities for fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and more.


Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/british-virgin-islands#ixzz3ca1DYESN

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - meet day !!A warm Girls for Sail welcome to ya! The crew arrive at 4.30pm for an introduction to GFS, a chance to unpack and get to know your boat. Then dinner that night gives us the perfect opportunity to run through the plan for the week and get to know each other - maybe over a Caribbean cocktail or two!

Day 2 - After a safety brief, and then it's straight off out for a team practice day just outside in the Drake channel with our wonderful new team mates! Final tacking gybing and start line drills in preparation for tomorrow’s race to the Bitter End Yacht Club. Registration opens today so we sort out the paperwork and then get ready for the party!

 

Day 3 - Get your crew kit ready and head out to the start line! It’s time to put the boys to shame on the race courses – the first of 2 in the BVI Spring Festival... All of the training is put into practice as you witness the course for the first time. The adrenaline pumping as you get ready for the start gun.... And you’re off!!!! The race takes about 3-4 hours as you sail ALL the way around the Island of Tortola! Day 1 complete and you have practically seen (from a distance) every island in the BVIs, over the crystal water and turtles popping their heads up! Then it's back to our mooring in Nanny Cay for the party – last year we met our heroine Shirley Robertson here because she was interviewing Richard Branson! He was next to us in the race for a while on his enormous catamaran!! Anyhow – we arrive to swap stories of the days racing with your competitors!

Day 4 - Today is the pursuit race! 

we looked out for Jonny Depp but he must have just missed us! ;) Moor up on a All the yachts start at different times and race to a different Island. Last year it was Norman Island the home of pirates - where perhaps you could pick up

mooring buoy and then either catch a shuttle boat or swim/snorkel to the beach! Follow the smell of fresh BBQd fish and chicken and the sound of the Caribbean DJ for lunch and a party! A full moon party followed for us last year, but who knows what the islands will offer us this year! 

Day 5 - Today is Lay Day and it’s a chance for everyone to chill out and get a well needed rest! Well – it’s not really that strenuous is it!! We might even let the Skipper have a half day off so she can perform brilliantly during the racing. There are still lots of 

things to do though! Watch sailing teams compete at games and activities starting at 1200 at the Club or simply relax on the beach! Phew! I’m exhausted!! It’s a really fun, sociable day! (....and evening of course)

Day 6/7 - Breakfast on board then it’s off to the start line again ready for today’s race. We are now in the BVI spring regatta where there are 3 days of round the cans (well Islands) racing. Each course is set up in different parts of the Drake Channel so one day you’ll be dodging reefs and the next you’ll be assessing the wind off the cliffs! After racing we return to Nanny Cay Marina, debrief the days racing then head for showers!...then the party!!

 

Day 8 - it’s your last race today. You’ve competed in 4 days of races so far; you’ll be tired but hang on in there! You’ll need to keep the concentration levels high and stay focussed ! Tonight is a great chance to catch up with all the friends you’ve made on your travels!

Sadly, at 9am on Monday morning it's time for you to exchange numbers and emails with your fellow crew mates and part ways :(

THANK YOU LADIES - We hope you've had a great trip and we'll see you next year...!?

*Itinerary is subject to change...

 

Additional Info

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