The British Virgin Islands will host its first major regatta event for the year in the next three months.
Typically, the BVI would have hosted at least one major sailing event this far along in the year but things have had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, as the territory begins to reopen, The Moorings is kicking things off with its 38th staging of the Interline Regatta scheduled to take place between October 13 to 22.
“The Moorings Interline Regatta has a kicked-off sailing season in the BVI with exciting races, thrilling parties and endless fun on the water. Originally established for members and friends of the airline industry, this annual event has grown into an international celebration attracting boaters and spectators of all types and skill levels,” an article on the regatta’s official website stated.
“We look forward to welcoming all sailors, guests and friends to a fantastic week of racing in the BVI,” it added.
In the meantime, the article said the regatta is unique for a few reasons. One of those reasons is that the race classes are comprised entirely of Moorings’ charter yachts, which is said to ensure, “a level playing field for competitors”.
“Each boat races under their airline’s banner, creating a fun [and] competitive atmosphere,” it added.
Territory-wide sailing fun
During this year’s event, the fleet of vessels involved in the regatta will travel to a new island in the territory each day.
“We strive to maintain the integrity of the original foundation for the event, which was to host members of the airline industry. For this reason, one current or prior employee of the airline industry is required to be on board to enter a boat into the regatta,” organisers said.
Persons can also opt to be a spectator by joining the regatta on a spectator boat.
There will be four race classes, the Moorings 42.3, 45.3, 48.4 and 51.4.
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