The 2009 BVI Spring Sailing Festival and Regatta took place from 30 March through 5 April in the waters of the British Virgin Islands. The Sailing Festival is the first part of the series and consists of three distance races. The second part, the BVI Spring Regatta, is three days of short course racing. With winds from 10-15 knots throughout the week, stunning blue skies - just terrific conditions overall and 121 entries with many top notch competitors, many praised the 2009 Regatta as one of best and most memorable Regattas in the event's history.
Swain Sailing School's Beneteau Cyclades 43.3, COOL GIRL, with a crew of racing students – all new to racing cruising yachts- competed in two of the Festival distance races winning the Nanny Cay Cup with a first place finish in the Bareboat Division. Team Swain competed in all the Regatta races, finishing third in class. Well done, sailing school students and graduates!
Typically, teams of sailors plan months, if not years, in advance to participate in the racing. The crew of COOL GIRL were assembled from a group of racing course students supported by sailing school graduates. With Instructor, Norman Martin serving as tactician, students rotated through the various sailing jobs on a racing boat. The graduates were encouraging in their spirit and helpful for their contribution as rail weight. COOL GIRL's finishes are a testimony to the serious work of her crew. Congratulations to Debora Bartlett, Derek Penn and their crew on their fantastic achievement.
Next year, Swain Sailing School will be offering an expanded program of racing in the Caribbean. We know that COOL GIRL is quick and fun to sail. Plans are afoot to make her quicker! She'll be available for racing in 2010. Now is the time to plan to join Swain for the March and April of 2010 Regattas in Culebra, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, USVI, and the beautiful BVI.