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Sailing Festival to attract over 50 yachts during the 2020 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Week

Scrub Island Invitational Party on island © Ingrid Abery/
Tortola, British Virgin Islands - February 19, 2020 - 
The 49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is just around the corner, March 30-April 5.  A favorite part of the event has become the Sailing Festival which occurs before the Spring Regatta and includes fun races that combine good competition with the joy of sailing around the lush islands of the BVI, surrounded by nature's beauty. 
This year the Sailing Festival will include the 4th Annual Scrub Island Invitational hosted by Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina on Wednesday, April 1st.  Enjoying the hospitality of this premier resort is no April Fool's joke.  The race boats will wend their way to Scrub Island taking a route decided by the race officials based on the weather conditions of the day.  
"This race is special as it gives returning racers and new sailors a chance to see other islands of the BVI.  The northern islands include Virgin Gorda, The Dogs and Marina Cay," said Director Judy Petz.  "We try to offer unique races during race week, so sailors really experience the islands and the use of our three bodies of water," she added.  Once the competitors arrive on Scrub Island, they will be welcomed for a party that will showcase the wide range of amenities the resort has to offer.  For all those participating in the Invitational, dockage or water taxis will be available.  Additionally, guests can come over complimentary via ferry from Trellis Bay.
Fleet of over 50 yachts will race the 2020 Scrub Island Invitational  © Alastair Abrehart
"This is our fourth year hosting the Scrub Island Invitational and we're excited to welcome back a growing number of racing teams, fans and families from around the world," said Scott McArdle, general manager of Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina. "From the marina and spa, to our dining and award-winning pool, the group is going to love the recent improvements we've made, allowing us to showcase this amazing destination better than ever before."
Plenty of dock space and water taxi's for participants @ingrid Abery 
Always an exclusive getaway, Scrub Island Resort offers private-island luxury now more than ever, with crystal clear water, pristine beaches and crowd-free vacationing.
For reservations, visit
Welcoming Scrub Island Staff @ingrid Abery 
Just prior to Scrub Island Invitational, sailors have been racing The Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race for over 12 years.  It is an annual competition with records kept for mono and multi-hulls.  The race begins on Tuesday, March 31st in front of Nanny Cay Resort and Marina and rounds the island of Tortola in an anti-clockwise direction.  Crews hope for good wind because if the winner breaks the past record, the prize is a jeroboam of champagne and dinner for the entire crew plus a donation being made to a charity of choice.
Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race kicks off Sailing Festival @Alastair Abrehart
 For full details on the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival at:
British Virgin Islands:
The beautiful waters of the British Virgin Islands have always been attractive to sailors. The establishment of several marinas throughout the Territory saw the advent of racing. The BVI Spring Regatta began in 1972 and eventually led to the formation of the BVI Yacht Club which joined the BVI Chamber of Commerce, now and Hotel Association to be the organizing entities.
From there, a Yachting Federation emerged, which eventually gained the yacht club membership in the Royal International Yacht Racing Union in 2000 to become the Royal BVI Yacht Club.
For more information on the British Virgin Islands:  BVI Tourism Board   
Trish Jenkins - Event Media Liaison 
Skype: trishjenkins  
Mobile +44 (0)7880 518689
Judy Petz, BVI Spring Regatta Director
Tel:  +284.541.6732
Bob Phillips, BVI Spring Regatta Chairman


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