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Monday, Jul 04, 2022

Gov’t hails organisers & participants of successful 49th BVI Spring Regatta

Gov’t hails organisers & participants of successful 49th BVI Spring Regatta

After being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival returned for the 49th edition on March 30-April 3, 2022.

Some fifty-eight boats competed in 11 divisions and saw a large gathering of persons for the presentation ceremony and after party at Nanny Cay.

The organisors and participants have since been hailed by the Government of the Virgin Islands for helping to pull of yet another successful staging of the internationally recognised event.

“It is evident that the hard work of Judy Petz and her team, coupled with the overwhelming support from the number of entries, continues to reap great rewards for our tourism product and in particular our yachting sector,” Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) stated on April 3, 2022.

Progress seen despite challenges- Hon de Castro


According to Hon de Castro, despite the challenges, this year proved to be another record year with an exceptional number of some 58 yachts from around the world participating in this prestigious event.

“I would like to specifically recognise Dr Robin Tattersall OBE, who even in his 90’s continues to participate and won in his category. You are truly an inspiration! Special congratulations to all the other winners as well!

“To the organisers, supporters and sponsors of the BVI Spring Regatta, I wish you much success going forward and I join in anticipation of future races and fair winds for the 50th year! #BVILOVE.” Hon de Castro stated.

‘We’re getting there’- Premier Fahie


Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) commented on his Facebook page that the annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival was able to return this year due to Government’s successful efforts to diminish the effects of COVID-19 in the VI.

“Thanks BVI!!! Our efforts to mitigate against Covid-19 as best as was and is possible since March 2020 have allowed our Positive Active cases to be significantly low thereby allowing events such as but not limited to the Spring Regatta to return to the shores of the BVI,” Premier Fahie said on April 3, 2022.

The Premier added, “We welcome back the 2022 Spring Regatta. We're getting there. To God alone be all the GLORY.”

Minster for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone on March 3, 2022, said the territory is on ‘its way back to’ normality should citizens continue to take up COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots as well as follow the local COVID-19 health protocols.

The Minister said that the VI was on “its way back’ and we would like to thank you very much for all that you have done and all that you continue to do to keep the Virgin Islands safe,” he said.

A large gathering of persons for the presentation ceremony and after party at Nanny Cay for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival on April 3, 2022.


Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL), right, with Dr Robin E. Tattersall OBE, who in his 90s still competed in the 49th Edition of BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival where he placed first in his category.


Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie has announced that due to successful efforts to diminish the effects of COVID-19 in the VI, the annual BVI Spring Regatta will return to the territory this year.


Premier Fahie said the efforts to mitigate against COVID-19 has resulted in the return of local events.

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