The 47th annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival officially starts today, March 26.
The regatta, which ends on April 1, is one of the largest events in the sailing industry.
According to a media release from organisers, there will be a four-day warm-up event followed by three days of the sailing competition.
This year, the competition will see participants from Puerto Rico, Antigua, North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the BVI and other Caribbean islands.
“Many of our past participants contacted us immediately after Irma, begging us to continue with the regatta to allow them to return and support rebuilding efforts,” the release said.
“There have been some challenges, but we are in full swing to produce an event that will live up to the excellence of the past and cement a new basis for growth and commitment.”
The event will be moved to a new outer marina at Nanny on Tortola.
“This marina was relatively unscathed by the region’s worst natural disaster on record and will be a perfect base for the teams to gather and enjoy the regatta,” the release said.
The regatta has now marked a decade of going green.
This year, organisers are focused on sustainability and will, therefore, ‘adopt a spot’ in the territory to clean up during regatta week.
They have selected Brewers Bay beach.
The beach, like many others, was littered with debris following last September’s hurricanes.
A local group called the Wombles, along with sailors and regatta attendees will take on the task.
“Our initiatives have inspired hundreds of other regattas and events to follow our lead to reduce plastic, recycle all glass, cans and create our awards from these recycled materials,” the release said further.
Their green team includes the Green Rangers, Green VI, Green Tech, and VI Plastic.
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