News from Royal BVI Yacht Club

The 49th edition of the Round Tortola Race, sponsored by Nanny Cay will take place on Saturday 16 November 2019. Entries are invited to compete in Racing, Cruising and Multihull Classes.

The traditional course, required for those attempting the Nanny Cay Challenge for the Round Tortola Record, takes the fleet anti-clockwise around Tortola leaving Beef Island, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port. In 2016 an alternative course was introduced to offer competitors more tactical choices with the option to choose their route around Scrub, Great Camanoe and Guana after leaving Beef Island to port.

The final stretch will see the fleet pass Steele Point, wiggle through Soper’s Hole before returning to finish at Nanny Cay.

Registration will be held at Nanny Cay Beach Bar between 5:30 and 7pm on Friday 15 November. The prize giving will take place at 5pm on Saturday at the Nanny Cay Beach Bar.

The 2018 edition (postponed until January 2019) was won by Eddie Brockbank with his Corsair Lucky 7 but it was two intrepid kiteboarders who stole the show. Mike Hirst and Chris Brockbank blasted around the track to establish a new kiteboarding record for the event. Hirst took like honours after just 2 hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds with a top speed of 27 knots.

Not only have we seen a new benchmark kiteboarding time set this year but both the multihull and monohull records came crashing down in March.

Nanny Cay Challenge

The Nanny Cay Challenge was launched in 2010 when yachts visiting the BVI were invited to make an attempt to beat the latest Round Tortola Records. The NCC can be attempted any-time any-day but must start and finish off Nanny Cay, circumnavigate in an anti-clockwise direction and leave Beef Island, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port.

During the 2019 BVI Spring Regatta the monohull and multihull records were both smashed. Bieker 53 Catamaran, Fujin posted an elapsed time of 1:57:16 whilst E1 the Volvo 70 skippered by Rafal Sawicki set a new monohull record of 2:53:08

Record breakers will receive a free dinner for up to 15 crewmembers and champagne at the beach side Peg Legs compliments of Nanny Cay. They will also have their names added to the perpetual trophy.

Challengers must pay an entry fee of $250 which is donated to a BVI charity of the challenger’s choice.

Find out more about the Nanny Cay Challenge at:

Current Records

Outright & Multihull: Fujin, Beiker 53, Greg Slyngstad – 27 March 2019 – 1 hours, 57 minutes & 16 seconds.
Monohull: E1, Volvo 70, Rafal Sawicki – 27 March 2019 – 2 hours, 53 minutes & 08 seconds.
Kiteboarding: Mike Hirst – 18 January 2019 – 2 hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds


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