From Top to Bottom: Ting Too; the Fleet; Chris Haycraft with Mark Stephenson; Happy Pigs!’ Team Whoop Whoop © RBVIYC / TRand

The 2023 racing season got off to a flying start with the Latitude 18 Halyard Challenge. A sparkling BVI sailing day treated the three trimarans to ideal race conditions on Saturday 14 January.

The race committee were definitely ready for a re-start as all three boats did some major ziggaling to avoid being over the line early. Team Whoop Whoop was forced to spin away from the line and come back around and it was The Flying Pig who pulled off the best start. After crossing the start line just off Nanny Cay, the race course sent them off to leave Pelican and the Indians to port before heading east to leave Peter Island to port.

It was anyone’s race as they made their way upwind between Norman and Peter Island but as conditions got a little rougher by Carrot Rock, Ting Too was able to stretch ahead. Those extra few feet of boat length helped them through the choppy conditions. From there, there was no looking back as they came around the east end of Peter Island, popped the spinnaker and charged back down the channel to the finish.

Crossing the finish line at 11:48:26 was enough for the overall win for Ting TooWhoop Whoop came in second and The Flying Pig third and there were no changes to the order after applying the CSA Ratings calculation.

The decision was made not to start a second race as the wind was steadily decreasing through the afternoon but there is no doubt that fun was had by all!

Thank you to Latitude 18 for sponsoring the event and providing such awesome prizes. Thank you to Race Officer Don Makowiecki and everyone who came out to race.

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  1. Ting Too, Chris Haycraft
  2. Whoop Whoop, Team Whoop
  3. The Flying Pig, Gilbo Simpson

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2023 Membership Fees

With lots to look forward to, now is the time to renew your membership for 2023 (if you haven’t already)!!

We are very excited that there will soon be an announcement about the re-opening of the Club House bar and restaurant so standby for news on this. There will also be some special 50th-anniversary events to enjoy and we are delving into the archives to share memories through the years. Not only is the Club celebrating 50 years, we are also looking forward to the 50th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival which will take place from 27 March to 2 April.

As a not-for-profit organization, it is the membership fees, donations and fundraising that enable us to continue our activities and for 2023 we have made a few changes. There are some adjustments to the membership categories and we have also made a slight increase to the fees which were heavily reduced in 2021 as the world grappled with the pandemic.

Please click on the link below to download the 2023 Application form or if you prefer you can complete the online form and complete the payment there also. You can find a blue ‘pay now’ button here – royalbviyc.org/joinvolunteerordonate/membership.html and we can of course also take cash, cheques or direct transfer to CIBC.Thank you to all our members, volunteers, sailors and sponsors for your support last year, we look forward to a healthy and prosperous 2023.

Todd Patterson



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