First race in the Grant Thornton Keelboat Series won by Team Island Water World

The first race of the Grant Thornton Keelboat Series took place Sunday 17th November and it was a glorious day of moderate breeze sailing, enjoyed by seven boats. Five boats were entered in the racing class where Frits Bus, sailing his Melges 24 Island Water World with a strong experienced crew, showed his skills from race one taking home first place.

Other participants in the racing class were Team Island Water World 2, another Melges 24, sailed by local youth sailors and Arthur Banting as the driving force behind this initiative. Team IGY on Garth Steyn’s new J70 “Franny”, new to the Keelboat Series, but showed excellent skills at the start of each race. By the third and fourth races Kick em Jenny 2, the Melges 32 skippered by Ian Hope-Ross, shook off the cobwebs and took two wins to end up in third place. Wanna Be, skippered by Joris van den Eynde, showed consistency throughout the day and ended up second. Robbie Ferron and Kidz at Sea raced in the Sunfast 20 class, which was won by Robbie Ferron.

The winds varied considerably throughout the day and tacticians often enjoyed choices of sticking to the beach side of the course, although that was most unsuccessful on some other occasions. A port biased line spread the fleet quickly at the start. Crews had to work hard to manage the asymmetrical spinnakers on the downwind legs with the varying directions, the success of this often influencing the final standings.

At the day awards at the SMYC following the event the club honoured a long time contributor to the SMYC, Juul Hermsen who had brokered participation in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for 30 years and ran the Golden Rock Regatta which was enjoyed by many club members. The Golden Rock Regatta will discontinue but Hermsen will attempt to redirect interest to the club’s Course de L’Alliance event instead.

This was the first day of the keelboat series sponsored by Grant Thornton which continues throughout the sailing season. One more of these events will take place this year on Sunday 15th December. Prior to that the club will host the Stuyvesant Series for dinghies which starts on Saturday 23rd November and the Course de L’Alliance powered by IGY Marinas, the three island event that takes place November 29 – December 1.

2019 Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race NOR

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


High-level competitors to Race in the 14th annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship 2019

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club, the organizer of the 14th Annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship, is excited to announce that more than thirty youth sailors will participate in coming weekend’s race. According to Reinier Calkhoven: “This year’s regatta is looking to become the highest-level regional Optimist Regatta in the Caribbean, other than the Opti Worlds. We have an exceptional number of competitors that race on a high level. More than twenty blue class or advanced sailors will participate and around six to ten Orange Class or intermediate sailors will join the race. It is going to be highly competitive!”

The event is taking place this weekend Saturday and Sunday November 9 and 10, 2019. Approximately thirty young sailors from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Barths, Antigua, Curacao and St. Martin will be travelling to St. Maarten to sail in the 14th edition of this sailing event sponsored by Sol Petroleum. Six countries in total will compete against each other on the beautiful waters of St. Maarten.

Scott Doyle, racing coach of the SMYC: “The stakes are high. The Sol Optimist Championship is a qualifier for the Optimist World Championship and the overall winner will go home with the newest GoPro camera”.

Many local and regional businesses have pitched in to make this event grow in quality and size. Budget Marine has sponsored equipment drybags for the orange class prizes and Bob Hilbert has made special Sol Optimist Championship long sleeve UV-shirts for all the competitors and coaches to wear during the event. Volunteers are providing the competitors a Healthy potluck meal on Saturday after racing.

“This event is a regional jewel for all the young competitors. We couldn’t have done it with all the help from our sponsors that contribute yearly to this event” says Leonde Vermeulen, event manager of the SMYC.

“This year we want to thank our main sponsor Sol Petroleum, Divico Distributors and Cash & Carry, Intertoys, Rainforest Adventures, Van Dorp, Fiji, Remax island properties, Timeless Spirits, Budget Marine, Realfoods, Domino’s, N.V., Bob Hilbert and The Scuba Shop.

Notice Of Race- 53rd Antigua Sailing Week

The organisers of Antigua Sailing Week invite you to compete in the 53rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week starting on April 26 and ending on May 1, 2020. As usual, the popular Peters and May Round Antigua Race is our warm-up on April 25.

The 52nd edition of the race in 2019 boasted a slew of international entries from more than 20 countries Great Britain, USA, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, Hong Kong, and islands across the Caribbean. Over 100 yachts in 12 classes gathered for a week-long spectacle of competitive racing and incredible shoreside events that take place in UNESCO designated Nelson’s Dockyard National Park and its environs.


Antigua Sailing Week attracts a large variety of boats, including performance racing and cruising boats, multihulls, bareboats, race charter boats, small cruisers, and sport boats so that there is competitive racing no matter what you ride. The island of Antigua also offers convenient yacht transport, allowing hassle-free return of vessels post race to the UK and Mediterranean.

Great Britain’s Lady Mariposa during 2019 ASW Photo credit: Paul Wyeth

Newly appointed Race Manager, Jaime Torres, says: “50 years of experience hosting the World’s premier racing yachts has cemented Antigua Sailing Week as a Must Do event in the Caribbean sailing calendar. This year we are going all out be as inclusive as possible. Our newly refined Club Class is specially designed to bring the podium experience to the cruising sailor that never expected to participate in such a high-level event. Club Class is about who has the coldest beer, not the coolest gear! ”

He went on to say: “So many in our racing fleet have black or dark grey sails. For 2020 we will be implementing a mandatory proof of sail numbers legibility, so boat managers, get on the ball with this.”

With entry fees now at their lowest per square foot and increasing at the end of the year, organisers suggest participants go for the savings and enter early.

View and download the Notice of Race by clicking here.
To enter the 53rd edition of ASW please click on and follow this link. 
For more on Peters & May Yacht transport to and from Antigua click here.

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Peters and May Round Antigua:
Antigua Sailing Week:

For full details on Antigua Sailing Week and the Peters & May Round Antigua Race including daily news, photos, videos and results, visit the official website:

Antigua Sailing Week, considered one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas, is held annually at the end of April and the 53rd edition will commence with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Following that will be five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua, which will wrap up on Friday, May 1, 2020.

St. Croix Yacht Club- Sailing Instructor Position Available

SCYC is currently seeking to fill an additional full time sailing instructor/coach position.

St Croix Yacht Club (SCYC) is located on the Eastern end of the picturesque island of St Croix in the US Virgin Islands, the Club enjoys a year round sailing program in consistently ideal conditions. Our diverse fleet of more than 60 skiffs, keel boats and support boats, including Optis, Lasers, Sunfish, C420s, 29ers and Rhodes 19s and is kept active by an awesome group of sailors.


  • Intro & GF Opti as part of after school program
  • Junior sailing instruction in 420s, Lasers and Sunfish
  • Adult lessons in skiffs and small keel boats
  • Private lessons as scheduled
  • Assist with fleet asset maintenance and repairs


  • Great leadership skills, highly organized, self-motivated and patient
  • Excellent communication skills: a large part of this position will be communicating with parents, sailors, yacht club members and co-workers respectfully and effectively
  • US Sailing Level 1 or higher certification (or equivalent)
  • Excellent personal power boating and sailing skills
  • Prefer diverse sailing background and instructing experience with juniors and adults in a range of boat classes.

Interested candidates please apply thru SCYC Jobs Board.

FLO RIDA to bring the party for the 40th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta!

The organizers of the Caribbean’s largest sailing event, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, are proud to announce the musical superstar, Flo Rida to headline the upcoming 40th edition of the international event to be held on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, March 8, 2020.

Every year thousands of sailors and party goers make their way to the beautiful island of St. Maarten to be part of the “Serious Fun” that the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta brings to the island. “For those who haven’t booked their trip yet, we invite you to join us in the celebrations of this special 40th edition of the Regatta. With increased hotel room capacity, extra flights and a wide selection of beautiful villas to stay in, the island has never been more ready to welcome you! We are thrilled to announce such a fabulous headliner early in the preparation stages, it helps immensely for our visitors to start planning their trip. It will be a party to always remember”, stated Michele Korteweg, Regatta Director.

Tramar Lacel Dillard (born September 16, 1979) known professionally as Flo Rida is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and composer from Carol City, Florida. His breakout single “Low” was number one for 10 weeks in the United States and broke the record for digital download sales at the time of its release. Flo Rida, has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His catalog includes the international hit singles “Right Round”, “Club Can’t Handle Me”, “Good Feeling”, “Wild Ones”, “Whistle”, “I Cry”, “G.D.F.R.” and “My House”. Flo Rida’s musical collaboration include tracks with T-Pain, Kesha, Akon, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, David Guetta, and Lady Gaga, among other notable musical artists. His performances are full of energy, and world class music.

John Leone, Onshore Production Director adds, “We are super excited to bring Flo Rida to the regatta in St. Maarten. He will bring an awesome mix of energy and fun to our already lively event. The island of St. Maarten invites you to join our event for sailing or to party or both! There has never been a better time to visit the island, and we look forward to hosting you on our beautiful island!”

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta combines world-class racing with amazing concerts in a festival atmosphere, creating the “Serious Fun” for which the event has become famous. With 30 teams already signed up, the number of entries is looking promising for the 2020 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. “We are pleased to welcome back a number of regular Regatta Competitors, such as Whistler, Touch 2 Play, Taz, Liquid, KHS&S Contractors and several others. The Regatta wouldn’t be the same without them! Of course we always love seeing new faces and there are some great names on the list already. Team Brunel a Volvo 65, Argo a MOD 70 and Green Dragon a Volvo 65 will bring the racing to a top notch level again, putting the Serious in “Serious Fun”, continues Korteweg.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has been featuring incredible entertainment for four decades. Past performers have been The Black Eyed Peas, Wyclef Jean, Damian Marley, Shaggy, UB40 and Kool and the Gang to name a few. Flo Rida can now be added to the prestigious list of performers gracing the main stage on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Sunday, taking place on March 8th 2020.


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