April 15, 2006 – This year's BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival hosted a record 154 boats, and while winds were light they were enough to support six days of competitive sailing from March 27 – April 2.
Event coordinator Robert Phillips said, "We all wanted more wind, but regardless, there was plenty of exceptional racing, partying, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves."
Racing began with a race from event host, Nanny Cay Marina, to North Sound's Bitter End Yacht Club, for the Bitter End Cup. Although Equation, Bill Alcott's Andrew's 68 was first across the line, DSK Comifin, a Swan 45, raced by Danilo Salsi was the first-place finisher in the racing class.
In the cruising class, Jeroboam CA NOVA, Vittorio Codecasa's Swan 45, placed first, finishing almost two minutes ahead of last year's first-place winner, Tom Mullen's J 120, Shamrock.
Dunbar, a skipper from the Moorings in Tortola, was the big winner in the bareboat class.
Weather conditions throughout the 2006 BVI Spring Regatta improved with each passing day.
On the last day, 33 boats competed for the Nanny Cay Cup, sailing under sunny skies from the Bitter End Yacht Club to the Nanny Cay Marina. With all competitors finishing the primarily downwind race in just under four hours, top honors went to Roger Sturgeon's Rosebud in the racing fleet, Paul King's Disco Inferno in the cruising class, and once again, Tortola's Dunbar took home the gold in the bareboat division.
The event was part of the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT) series, which is comprised of the St. Croix International Regatta, the Culebra Heineken Regatta and the BVI Spring Regatta.
There were a number of special prizes given out on the Nanny Cay stage. The Tourist Board Team Award was presented to Team UK, who was assisted by Shirley Robertson, winner of two Olympic gold medals.
The Chief Minister's Award for the Best BVI Boat was won by Robbie Hirst and his crew on Sea Hawk.
The Bitter End Award for Spirit and Enthusiasm was presented to John Haracivet. Sailing his Beneteau 38, Tempest has entertained the racing fleet for many years with his sense of humor – sporting wigs, hats and blowup toys.
The Moorings/Sunsail Charterers Cup is given to the best bona fide bareboat charterer. This year, it was presented to Jan Soderberg, who proved to be nearly unbeatable in Bareboat B.
The Caribbean Big Boat Series award went to Numbers, which currently leads the series. The overall trophy will be presented following Rolex Antigua Sailing Week.
As anyone knows, regattas are not just about the racing. The Regatta Village located at Nanny Cay Marina hosted a number of "restaurants," an outstanding bar and red hot nightly entertainment.
For full details on the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, including daily news, photos and complete results from the 2006 event, visit the official Web site at www.bvispringregatta.org.
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