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BVI’s first major regatta for 2020 slated for October

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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  1. WHO? says:

    Who gave permission for this? Will our Government have safety systems in place? What will they consist of? What about all the other tourism-based businesses? Why have they not had this opportunity?

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  2. @Who says:

    You are truly stupid. Do you really think the Territory can remain in a state of isolation forever There now stands immediate testing so all those who enter the Territory can be tested at ports of entry. It’s now time for a formal announcement of when the Territory will be open so that yacht, catamaran and villa owners can visit their property, engage in their use and allow for rentals again.

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    • brian hodge says:

      the virus has a possible incuabtion period of a few days. it is not possible to test and be assured the peson does not have the virus, unless another test follows in a few days, by which time , if they positive, who knows how many others they been in contact with

  3. Interested says:

    I suspect there is an announcement next week Re timing. Not that I have any knowledge just been following closely and the timing of the arrival of the Cuban help and finally the govt mentioned in May that phase one would likely last 3 months. That makes aug 30 the end of phase one. Given that BVI has no cases then phase 2 could begin with very tight restrictions ie mandatory pre arrival testing, only certain countries… etc. Just speculation but that is what other countries have done.

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