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1st Annual Escape BVI Regatta

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IC24's racing at the
1st Annual Escape BVI Regatta
Smugglers Cove, Tortola BVI

The 1st Annual Escape BVI Regatta held May 13, 2006 at Smugglers Cove, Tortola was greeted with sunny skies and light winds. Torrential flooding rains and thunderstorms plagued the Territory just days before the event making many wonder if conditions would be too extreme to have the Regatta go on, but nothing could hold the avid sailors back! Four classes competed, the IC 24 one design, Wind Surfer, Laser, and Dinghies with handicap ratings.

The IC 24's sailed two races with a course starting just out in front of Smugglers Cove beach, taking them around Sandy Cay off the East end of Jost Van Dyke, back over to a buoy off Gun Point and finishing at Smugglers Cove.





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Laser's racing at the
1st Annual Escape BVI Regatta



The Windsurfer, Laser and Dinghy classes sailed three races around the buoys triangle course set by Kuralu Charters outside the reef at Smugglers Cove with swirling, shifty winds making the sailing very challenging.

After the racing was completed for the afternoon, the racers were refreshed with Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water, enjoyed live music and tropical drinks at the Smugglers Cove Beach Bar, and a great barbeque offered up by the Jolly Roger Restaurant.

Prize giving was held during lunch, with trophies being given to first and second place finishers of each class.




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Catching some wind at the
1st Annual Escape BVI Regatta



A tie for first place in the IC 24 class needed to be broken, and the Race Committee made a decision that the two teams would have a tug-of-war at the waters edge to settle the tie. Due to some sore knees and backs on the Intact crew, the tug-of-war was canceled, so the decision was made to award the first place trophy to CONCH-QUERER, going by the weight of their crew! The beautiful trophies were picture frames provided by Images Custom Framing, with Yacht Shots photos of the recipients racing, being set into the frames.








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Jim Linskey presents Andrew Waters
1st place for IC 24 class



Special awards presented by Columbian Emeralds International were given to two junior sailors for their great efforts sailing in the adverse wind conditions. Justin Penn was awarded a sailing watch and Dontai Hodge was the recipient of a Swiss Army backpack.

A great crowd of families, swimmers, sunbathers and onlookers gathered on the beach to watch the racing and partake in the shore-side festivities, making the Escape BVI Regatta the largest event ever held at Smugglers Cove, Tortolas number one beach! The Cove was teeming with boats throughout the day taking in the beautiful beach and crystal-clear water.






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Lisa Gray of Images Custom Framing
presents 3rd place award for the
Laser Class to DonTae Hodge


Escape BVI Regatta
Genny Kung of Columbian Emeralds
and Jim Linskey of Escape BVI
present a special award




Escape BVI Regatta Race Results:

IC 24:
1st   Andrew Waters
2nd   Mark Plaxton
3rd   Gary Turpin
4th   KATS Sailing

Laser:
1st   Chris Watters
2nd   Theo Stoddard
3rd   DonTae Hodge
4th   Kadeem Romney
5th   Jamal Wintz

Wind Surfer:
1st   Owen Waters

Dinghy:
1st   Justin Penn
2nd   Elsa Myers
3rd   Shavo Mercer
4th   Stefon Smith



Congratulations to all of the competitors for their participation in the Regatta. We look forward to seeing you next year at Smugglers Cove and other Regattas hosted by Escape BVI in the future!

Many, many thanks go out to the sponsors and participating organizations that pulled together as a community to make the 1st Annual Escape BVI Regatta such a great success:


Sponsors

Participating Organizations

Escape BVI
Smugglers Cove Beach Bar
All at Sea Publications
Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water
Jolly Roger Restaurant and Bar
Columbian Emeralds International
Images Custom Framing
Yacht Shots
Kuralu Charters
VI Shipwrights

KATS Sailing
IC 24 Class
BVI Watersports Center
Loyal West End Yacht Club
Island Surf and Sail
Royal BVI Yacht Club
Kuralu Charters




View more photos of the 1st Annual Escape BVI Regatta in our Photo Gallery.

Sponsors
Smugglers Cove Beach Bar
All At Sea Publications
Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water
Jolly Roger Restaurant
Columbian Emeralds
Yacht Shots Photography
Images Custom Framing
Kuralu Charters
VI Shipwrights
Participating
Organizations
KATS Sailing
IC 24 Class
BVI Watersports Centre
Loyal West End Yacht Club
Island Surf And Sail
Royal BVI Yacht Club
Kuralu Charters
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