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30 March 2006, 11:31 am
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BVI Sailing Festival 2006
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Although the weather in the British Virgin Islands looked a bit iffy early on yesterday, the second day of the BVI Sailing Festival, the precursor to the BVI Spring Regatta, turned out to be nearly picture perfect.
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Sailors had their choice of activities at the Bitter End in North Sound, but many chose to participate in the one design racing in Lasers, Hobie Waves or Hobie Getaways or Nation's Challenge Cup, sailed in Bitter End's fleet of 216's. The sailing activities were so popular that by the end of the day, Bitter End had all of their 32 one design dinghies racing in North Sound.

Yesterday morning five teams vied for the Nation's Challenge Cup. The Polish entry, sailed by crew members from the Swan 45, Devocean, took an early lead in the first race, won the second race and battled all the way around the course in the third race for a third place finish. Although tied in points after the mornings racing with the British entry, the Polish team won the tiebreaker with two first place finishes. Yesterday morning's third place winner was the USA Midwest team sailed by crew members from the Swan 48, Avocation.

Team Ireland Win Again

For the second year in a row, the Nation's Challenge Cup was won by Team Ireland. The morning's leader, Team Poland, placed second, and the British team, who dressed as racing pirates, took the third place honours.

Today, the boats will be racing for the Nanny Cay Cup, returning to Nanny Cay in time for registration for the main event, the 2006 BVI Spring Regatta. Registration will be open from 1200-1800 local time and the Regatta Village will officially open with the annual Mount Gay Welcome Party from 1630-1830 and entertainment throughout the evening.

The BVI Spring Regatta racing will take place 31 March- 2 April on the south side of Tortola in the Sir Francis Drake Channel on four different courses.

The BVI Spring Regatta is presented by Nanny Cay Marina and is jointly owned by the Royal BVI Yacht Club and the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association. The BVI Tourist Board is a Platinum sponsor; The Moorings, Heineken, Mount Gay Bitter End, First Caribbean International Bank, CCT Global Communications and the Sol Group are Gold sponsors; Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water and Maui Jim Sunglasses are Silver sponsors and Fujifilm is a Bronze sponsor.

Linda PHILLIPS (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The British team dressed as pirates for the Nation's Challenge Cup:© Caribbean Racing
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