Girasoli during the The Commodores Race
Photo Credit: BVI Yacht Club
Veteran sailor in the British Virgin Islands, Chris Haycraft was recorded as one of the winners in this year's 2017 BVI Spring Regatta, which took place last weekend.
The event, which is in its 46th year of existence and saw a participation of 86 vessels, awarded Haycraft as the winner of the CSA Racing 2 category.
Haycraft’s win onboard Pipedream, was secured with just a half a point ahead of Team McFly, who has won the category for the last 4 years.
Commenting on his win, Haycraft said, “The beauty of this regatta is that you are racing against boats you don't know, so you don't know how they are going to perform, which makes it all the more interesting."
In the other categories, Peter Corr walked away with the gold in category CSA Racing 1, in his new boat Blitz.
Vessel Avanti, which was skippered by Jeremi Jablonski of the USA, took first in the Jib and Main category. The boat was managed by a crew from Jeremi’s home town yacht club, Cedar Point YC on Long Island.
Jeremi said, “We sailed in a pretty large division with great sailors and a super friendly competition.”
In category Bareboat 1, Subversive –Jogfund skippered by Warwick Dunnett of the USA took win, leading with just eight points. This is their second year participating in the event.
Bareboat 2 was won by Bob Beltrano, who has been competing in the event for the last 8 years.
Racing in the regatta for the first timer Jitterbug, skippered by Frank Rowsell from the United Kingdom, took first place in the Bareboat 3 category.
The event also saw Piglet, skippered by Joe St Martin out of St Croix, walking away with the title for CSA Multihull division.