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  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:00 | Deleted user

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    Tortola, British Virgin Islands – February 25, 2021 – The 49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, which was scheduled for March 29 to April 4, 2021, has been postponed until 2022 following deep consideration by all entities involved. The BVI Spring Regatta Committee, after discussions with the BVI Government Ministry of Health, concluded that the postponement was in the best interests for the safety of all participants, volunteers, and the wider BVI community.

    Following in the steps of many of the major Caribbean regattas that have also been postponed, the Spring Regatta was anticipating offering world class racing and camaraderie for all participants.

     

    “As much as we would have loved to welcome everyone back to the BVI, the most important factors are health and safety for all,” Judy Petz, Regatta Director, stated.  “Our international participants understand the situation and are already planning for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in March 2022.”

    The postponement of the event is a financial blow to the non-profit entity which organizes this internationally respected sailing event, as well as to the BVI community, which typically enjoys a positive economic impact from the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival of approximately $4 million each year. This loss to the local economy these past two years due to the pandemic has been devastating, particularly to the yachting sector. 

     

    The regatta committee would also like to thank all of our sponsors during these unpredictable times.  Their continued support enables us to move forward and take the event to an even higher level of racing and participation.   The committee would also like to extend a thank you to the participants who had planned to attend.

    “We hope that as Covid-19 vaccination programs progress and international travel restrictions are lifted that it will become safer for people to travel and participate in events like ours,” Petz continued. “We look forward to making next year a terrific event, one that all of our participants, sponsors and the community can look forward to.” 

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 14:00 | Deleted user

    Following elections at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday February 24th, 2020 via Zoom, new Directors have been elected as follows:

    Chairperson: Andrew Ball, Caribbean Marine Surveyors
    Vice Chairperson: Peter Twist, Conch Charters
    Past Chairperson: Sam Welch, Retired
    Secretary: Janet Oliver, BVI Charter Yacht Society
    Treasurer: Todd Paterson, B&G Yacht Management
    Bareboat Sector Representative: Barney Crook, TMM Charters
    Crewed Yachts Sector Representative: Janet Oliver, BVI Charter Yacht Society
    Marine Services Sector Representative: Miles Sutherland Pilch, Nanny Cay
    Associate Members Representative: Julien Johnson, Island Time
    Education & Employment Representative: Matt Holt, HLSCC

    We thank the 2020 Board of Directors for their service.

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