Host Nanny Cay Resort and Marina will be welcoming several fun, fast and highly competitive boats with crews to match, for the inaugural 2013 Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series.
Looking for a new adventurous way to spend your Spring Break?
Charter a catamaran this spring to witness the excitement first hand! This is the best way to experience the seven day party in the British Virgin Islands. You can cruise a catamaran at your own pace and take in all that the event has to offer from a unique and exciting perspective. This would be a creative way for the avid sailor to share their enthusiasm with the rest of the family.
The BVI Spring Regatta is the one Caribbean Regatta that has something for everyone. You can participate, just cruise as a spectator, practice amongst some of the most skilled crews in the world or simply party with thousands of sailing enthusiasts. Take home the Glory of victory or memories that will never be forgotten.
The BVI is one of the most popular charting destinations in the world for various reasons. The beautiful scenery, the beaches, the marine life and the ability to witness this event makes it all the more desirable.
Monday, March 25: Registration
The party starts Monday evening at Nanny Cay Marina with registration and a welcoming party for the Sailing Festival.
Tuesday, March 26: Round Tortola Racee
Kick off starts with a sail around Tortola, the largest island in the BVI. The event starts at Nanny Cay and makes its way to the north side in the Atlantic Ocean, then around Beef Island into the Sir Francis Channel and back to Nanny Cay. If the winds happen to change, the race head off in the opposite direction.
Wednesday, March 27: Race to 'Treasure Island' Beach Day
An entire day of fun! Race to the outer island Norman Island along with more than 50 competing boats. The finish line is the starting point for a full day of fun at the beach, with a BBQ, a bar and aquatic events providing fun for the entire family. If you are chartering a catamaran as a spectator or to support a friend or family member participating, you are welcome to join in the fun.
Thursday, March 28: Tortola Island Day - Wind, Water & Wander and Welcome Party
This is the perfect opportunity for those chartering the area at the time of the event to experience all that Tortola has to offer. Snorkeling, diving and dolphin discovery trips and island tours are available. There are lessons for those interested in kite-boarding and stand-up paddleboards. A bar will be open throughout the day, and local vendors will be serving lunch and dinner on the beach! If you prefer, this would be the perfect time relax by a pool or on the beach under the shade provided by the palms lining the beach.
Registration for the BVI Spring Regatta starts at noon accompanied by live music and the Mount Gay Rum Welcome Party.
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, March 29-31
Stellar Racing Action
Now it's time to party! Three days of world-class racing takes place along with partying under the stars at the Regatta Village on the beach of Nanny Cay Marina. Each day's events will be broadcast in the village nightly. If you're in town on vacation or supporting friends and family this is the perfect opportunity witness the competition live at the village and online.
IYCC during the Spring Regatta
The International Yacht Club Challenge brings sailors from around the world to participate on Sunsail monohulls.
Every afternoon and evening entertainment will keep the blood pumping and everyone in the mood to party until the next day of racing. The Regatta Village will have five international food vendors, regatta merchandise and places to buy those items lost overboard (sunglasses, gloves, etc.).
AWARDS will be presented around 5:30 Caribbean time to the ecstatic and exhausted winners. As always in the Caribbean, this is a party NOT to be missed.
For ALL Regatta details visit their website
The owner's version of the Lagoon 380 catamaran has successfully made the journey from Ft Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, British Virgin Islands joining our charter fleet of luxury catamarans. Catamaran Sailing Vacations is proud to introduce the latest catamaran to arrive at our Tortola Marina. This is easily one of the most popular catamarans on the market today produced by Lagoon with more than six hundred and fifty boats delivered. If you are a coastal cruiser or a transatlantic adventurer this catamaran for charter was built to handle it all.
This catamaran is the perfect fit for a charter vacation maneuvering around the BVI.
The Lagoon 380 has an overall length of thirty-seven feet and eleven inches with a beam of twenty-one feet and five inches. A draft of only three feet and nine inches this catamaran provides access to shallower waters for approaching various beautiful beaches and enhances site-seeing. The transom platforms provide easy access to the water and dinghy. Lagoon incorporated foot holes, a new feature on this catamaran to increase accessibility. The various islands provide plenty of sight-seeing opportunities and shallow reefs for snorkeling.
The helm is positioned on the port side of the cockpit. The cockpit on this catamaran for charter provides seating for up to eight people, not including the helmsman bench. There are two storage lockers to the stern and a large ice box that doubles as seating. The twin diesels enhance maneuverability and docking.
This is a large small catamaran with almost six and a half feet of headroom in the saloon and hulls. Oriana is equipped with a generator and has the option for air conditioning. The vertical windows allow plenty of light to enter the saloon and galley while providing better protection from the sun and optimizing space and headroom.
The saloon of this charter catamaran has comfortable seating for entertaining eight people. The galley faces aft with a sliding window to increase ventilation and provides access to a folding table for serving those in the cockpit. The galley on this catamaran is equipped with double stainless steel sinks, an oven and two-burner stove and grill, and a refrigerator.
The owner's version has private quarters that use the entire starboard hull. Aft is a large double berth with storage beneath. Out of the cabin is a reasonably sized writing desk and plenty of storage. The owner's head is forward with a separated shower. The port hull has two double cabins forward and aft with a centralized head and shower.
Oriana, a Lagoon 380 catamaran is a 3 cabins/ 2 head model accommodating up to six guests. Oriana is an affordable catamaran and highly sought after in charter.
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Whether you are new to chartering or new to catamarans in general, this is the yacht to bareboat charter in the BVI. The delivery of Oriana into our BVI charter fleet was a unique experience. Follow the link below to follow the captains' journey.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Oriana, Lagoon 380. Please type Oriana in the subject line and online proposals with detailed pricing can be sent to you instantly.
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A position has become available at our Tortola base in the British Virgin Islands, for an Assistant Bareboat Manager.
Working closely with the General and Bareboat Managers, along mechanical and cleaning staff, this hands on role would suit a practical, outgoing, customer service oriented individual.
Our bareboat fleet consists of the latest top of the line catamarans, ranging from 34ft 6 persons, to 51ft 12 persons. Primarily we operate sailing catamarans, but we also have a couple of power catamarans in the fleet. We also operate a fleet of larger crewed yachts, along with maintaining a fleet of private boats and in some circumstances, the successful applicant may have to cross over to these fleets to lend help and expertise.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
•Maintenance of the fleet: Including rigging, instrumentation, heads, pumps, internal/external hardware, electrical, dinghies etc. Experience of marine diesels, generators, refrigeration and air conditioning would be advantageous.
•Boat Handling: You will be required to operate all the vessels in the fleet, for refueling purposes, sea trials and courtesy departure/returns of charters.
•Customer service: Welcoming, boat briefing, chart briefing, support during charter and debriefing. It may also be required to interact with the clients online, or by telephone, before their charter commences.
•Staffing/Supervising: You will be required to help operate a team of cleaners and technical/mechanical staff to ensure the best possible product achievable.
Tortola is a pleasant island and the waters of the British Virgin Islands, "Nature's Little Secrets," are a sailors mecca, with warm water, blue skies, palm fringed beaches and much, much more.
If you are interested please contact us for further details!
Marianne@catamarans.com, please refer to the following on the subject of your email: Job Application for Assistant Bareboat Manager: "your name".
“Sailing in the BVI’s
So, you’re going to the BVI’s for the firs time! Congratulations! You are about to find out why the BVI’s are considered the world’s best sailing destination. Now, you want to ensure you hit the right spots, at the right time and ensure that you squeeze every cent out of your well deserved vacation
The first and best tip we can provide is plan, plan and plan again!
Follow our monthly tips on chartering and get great insight on how to get the most out of your vacation in various locations.
A typical itinerary consists of 7 days. During the summer your might be chartering for 10 days. If you lucky you get to charter for 14 days and if this is the case, you can get to see everything. Below are some useful tips we thought would interest you.
1. Visit charter blogs like http://www.catamarans.com/blogs/index.aspx or traveltalkonline.com as some of these sites give you some in depth info on how, what, when, where when it comes to charter. Inside information is share by sales agents, charter guests and general sailors in the area. You can also join fodors.com, trip advisor and visit tourist board info to get more info.
2. - Pick up a copy of Cursing Guide to the British Virgin Islands from Amazon or your local bookstore. There will likely be a copy on board your boat but it could be out of date. You should review it beforehand. Invaluable info about anchorages, approaches, facilities, etc. Plan an itinerary before you go. Of course, you can change it as you go but it would be better to have a rough idea of where you want to go and what you want to do in advance.
3. When you are arrive on charter, you might be sailing that day and your catamaran check out will also take place that day. Prepare a list of questions prior to the briefing. Consider purchasing some navigation maps prior to your departure and get familiar with them. In this way, you can ask a ton of questions and feel confident when you set sail.
4. - Watch your water usage. If you're sailing with newbie’s, impress upon them that water is expensive and limited. With four people you won't run out of water unless folks are extravagant but I've been on cruises where it happened. You can re-supply at places like North Sound but be prepared to pay diesel-like prices for a gallon of water dockside. Filling the tanks on a 40ft.+ boat ain't cheap
5. Oh, and double-check to make sure your water tanks are full you leave. Some companies might not have time to full up the boat correctly due to short turnarounds or Sometimes will "forget" to top them off. It is advised to charter with a company that does not do same day turnarounds. E-mail us and we will tell you who’s those companies are!
6. Ask the base manager if the bottom of hull has been checked? Many elite companies do this; many of the smaller companies at owner’s expense get a professional diver to dive the bottom at the end of turnaround. This ensures you don’t have any problems whilst on charter and don’t get blamed if the previous guy did run aground!
7. Get to your night's anchorage early. Although April/May won't be as crowded as some other times of the year, prime spots can go fast. Unlike the old days, at least there are mooring balls available (for a fee) but if they're all taken you'll need to set an anchor. Also, early arrivals have more room to maneuver within the anchorage, have plenty of light to see, and can pick the choice spots. Back in the day, one of the most entertaining things was to get anchored early, break out the painkillers, then relax and watch the carnival as inexperienced sailors try to set an anchor. Not so prevalent these days but even the simple task of picking up a mooring pennant can foil a large number of charterers.
8. - The most common itinerary is to pick up your boat and make a short first day's sail to Trellis Bay or Norman Island, and then proceed counter-clockwise around the BVI. If things are crowded, one trick is to do the opposite: Make your first night at Jost, then go clockwise and end up at Norman on your last night. Then you've got a short sail back to Road Town and you'll hit the intermediate spots on somewhat of an off day.
9. - Spend a lot of time at Jost Van Dyke, preferably at the Soggy Dollar Bar Visit Marina Cay and go to Trellis Bay and eat banana pancakes at de loose Mongoose! Eat at Elm’s BBQ in Cane Garden Bay, preferably on the BBQ night!
10. When you sail to the North Sound (Bitter End Yacht Club) take your dinghy around back off Bitter End so you can see Necker Island as there is some fine snorkeling there.
11. Check with your charter company about sailing to Anegada. Some companies won’t allow it unless you have done it before or restrict you to going with a flotilla. Or unless you have an extensive sailing resume. The approach can be tricky for beginning charterers. But if you can hook up with a group and make the trip, it's a great, fun sail. You're out of the protected Drake channel and won't even see the island until almost right up on it. Although Anegada is now pretty well marked and much easier to get into. Most companies do allow the trip to Anegada but is advised to talk with your boat check out manager and inform him because he can give you some inside tips.
15. DRINKS LOTS OF PAINKILLERS: What is a painkiller? “Painkillers are a drink that was invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar (but you can get them everywhere). They are made with rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, cream de coco and a pinch of nutmeg. They are delicious, but very potent.”
And most important! Shut down the engine and SAIL THE DANG THING. You'll be shocked at how many people just use the boat to motor between spots and never unfurl a sail. Might as well just rent a power boat. The BVI are glorious and easy sailing. Enjoy your trip to the fullest.