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BVI Spring Regatta - Cold beer, sunshine and smiles

The final day of racing in the 47th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta, ended on a light note along with plenty of cold beer, sunshine and smiles.

The story was really about the fantastic job Nanny Cay and the regatta organizers have done to make this year's BVI Spring Regatta event happen post Hurricane Irma.

70 boats registered to race, or 83% of the number registered in 2017, and the outpour of support from the international sailing community was heartfelt.

On the water, typical Caribbean conditions prevailed which made for great racing and happy customers.

Over and above winning his class, beloved 87-year old Robin Tattersall from Tortola took home two of the important Regatta awards: the International Yacht Club Challenge (he wins a free Sunsail charter boat for next year) and the Best BVI Boat award.

Sunday, Tattersall took two more race wins in CSA Bareboat 3 with his crew on Gatos del Sol/Makin' Memories, a Sunsail 41, to win all six races sailed this week.

In CSA Racing 1, the Belgian team on the Swan 45 Samantaga finished first in class after taking 2 bullets, consolidating their position over Blitz, the King 40 owned and skippered by Peter Corr who finished second.

Peter Stanton, skipper of the Melges 24 Boogaloo finally beat his nemesis today taking two bullets in CSA Racing 2, to overcome Touch2Play, the Reflex 38 skippered by Canadian Rob Butler.

Taking another win Sunday to make it four wins out of five races sailed in the Offshore Multihull class, Flow, the Gunboat 60 owned and skippered by Steve Cucchiaro is first overall in division.

In CSA Bareboat 1, the Lazy Sheets team from St Petersburg, FL, took first overall, racing on a Moorings 51.

Team Aquaholics, racing on a Moorings 45, were appropriately in the bar when the event caught up with them post racing. In their 4th time participating at BVI Spring Regatta, the Dutch team won class for their third time, this year in CSA Racing 3.

L to R: Judy Petz, Regatta Director, Miles Sutherland-Pilch, General Manager, Nanny Cay, Brendan Joyce, Marina Manager, Nanny Cay, Lou Schwartz, Regatta Village Manager

Jeremi Jablonski, skippering Avanti, his Hanse 43 Avanti, took two wins Sunady to secure a win in CSA Jib and Main.

Along with Tattersall, Chris Haycraft, a Tortola local, regular Spring Regatta participant and co-skipper of Godspeed, a Swan 51 also took wins for every race sailed, finishing first in the Performance Cruising class.

Eddie Brockbank on Lucky 7, a Corsair Spring 750, sealed the deal in the Multihull class taking two wins Sunday for 5 wins over six races.

After racing today, the 2018 BVI Spring Regatta Awards Ceremony took place in the Regatta Village where winners from all classes and special prizes were presented by VIP guests, including the BVI Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith.

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