Given the growing popularity of a variety of production racer/cruisers in the 40-foot range, the 2003 BVI Spring Regatta presented by Nanny Cay Marina will include, if entries warrant, an IMS 600 Class.
The class dedicated to boats ranging in rating from IMS 585 to 615 GPH (General Purpose Handicap) and size from 35.76 feet (10.9 metres) to 42.32 feet (12.9 metres)includes among it's more popular designs, the Beneteau 40.7, the IMX 40 (from X-Yachts), and the Sinergia 40.
Properly fitted out, the new Dufour 40 racer/cruiser slots in nicely, and tweaked Tripp 41s can also fit the range. Close to 300 production boats, and numerous one-offs have been built within that rating band, and many of them do the Caribbean regattas. "However, they are sometimes classed with lighter planing boats,"
said Bob Phillips, chairman of the BVI Spring Regatta. "Typically, IMS 600 boats, custom or production, have full interiors, and less high-tech configurations. The goal of IMS 600 is to provide for racer/cruisers with full interiors to race against similarly-fitted out boats."
"We introduced our multi-course, multi-start format to enable flexibility and the addition of this class is another step towards giving our visiting yachtsmen the best possible racing experience in the BVI,"
While the BVI Spring Regatta is sailed under the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) Rule, the implementation of an IMS 600 Class will take a cue from countless North American regattas, and provide results both ways.
Billed as "two great events in one", the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival starts on Monday, March 31 with a welcome party at regatta hosts Nanny Cay Marina. Three days of destination cruising and racing throughout the BVI follow leading up to the main three-day regatta starting on Friday, April 4th.
The BVI Spring Regatta will once again be joining with St Maarten's Heineken Regatta (March 7, 8, 9) and Antigua Sailing Week (April 27 - May 3) for the fourth for yachts 60-feet and over.
As well as the CBBS, the BVI Spring Regatta is the last leg of the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT) series - first stop is the St Croix International Regatta (February 15-17) and the second leg is the Puerto Rico International Regatta (March 14-16).