By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
BVI Spring Regatta officials are eyeing hosting the event on Oct 23-25, after the 49th edition scheduled for Mar 30-Apr 5, was canceled 10 days before the event when the territory closed its borders because of COVID-19. Registration will be on Oct 22.
Judy Petz, BVI Spring Regatta Race Director, noted that the event is being held over the three days holiday weekend as the spring event would normally be, minus the Sailing Festival that was introduced about 15 years ago.
“With the three days, we hope to incorporate the Friday being the Mount Gay race day; Saturday, hosting sponsor Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup; then on Sunday, racing out in the channel for an early race like we always do, then the awards ceremony afterwards,” Petz detailed for Island Sun Sports. “We’ll have everything take place at Nanny Cay Beach Bar. We will not have the large regatta venue, as we normally do, because this will obviously be a much more refined event, than what we had planned for the spring.”
Petz said they’re very excited about the event because it gives sailors something to look forward to and there are a good fleet of boats and sailors here. If the world changes she said and the borders open for people to come, they have had registered interests from other islands.
“We have really dedicated racers who charter boats that would like to come, and they are just waiting to find out what’s going to happen, like many of us are,” she said.
While some things are a work in progress, Petz said they’re considering approaching the trust and legal service companies, regarding renting boats and coming out and enjoying some racing. She said maybe they might have a skipper or persons that know how to sail and a class can be added to accommodate them just for fun and not the serous racing.
“I think there’s a lot of ideas that we haven’t explored before that can be incorporated into those three days,” Petz said. “Just have something that people can look forward to, do the thing we love to do mostly here which is sailing out on our beautiful water. Then have the proper party following the protocols for the distancing and Nanny Cay is very good at that. They have everything in place. They understand what it takes to have a gathering and we’ll just try to have a really good time for the 49th BVI Spring Regatta.”