As an amazing fleet start to reach the five-star YCCS Virgin Gorda Marina, Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda are preparing to welcome owners, guests, as well as race crew to the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2015. The event, which hosts an exquisite collection of superyachts, will be held off the fabulous Virgin Gorda yacht charter destination from March 11 to 14. The beautiful coastline, distinguished by huge granite boulders, inshore coral reefs and an abundance of what looks to be some breezy Caribbean trade winds will present spectacular sailing conditions making for an exciting regatta.
A competitive mix of performance and cruising superyachts divided by class will compete over three days to take the esteemed champions title, whilst a flotilla of motor yachts participating in the Rendezvous will cruise in company to follow all the action on the racecourse. Returning sailing yachts will have the upper hand with their knowledge of the local waters. With Vitters sailing yacht Inoui, superyacht Ganesha and luxury yacht Marie competing against the likes of Royal Huisman sailing yacht Wisp and Southern Wind sailing yacht Blues and superyacht Cape Arrow, we look forward to three days of exhilarating action on the water.
Owners and their guests are invited to relax and enjoy a welcome lunch at Oil Nut Bay’s superb beach club restaurant. In addition, the luxurious resort is extending their hospitality throughout the regatta, allowing guests of the event use of their impressive facilities. A laidback yet glamorous Welcome Cocktail on the YCCS lawn kick-starts the event on the evening of the 11th March, and superyachts will take to the start line on 12th March for day one of racing at 11:00 local time (GMT-4).
As well as first-class regatta racing, owners and charter guests along with their family, friends and crew can expect an arrangement of fabulous social events and the highest level of exclusive hospitality services. Title Sponsor Loro Piana will host yacht owners for an intimate dinner at the YCCS Clubhouse to round-up day one, whilst day two will be topped off by a cocktail reception for superyacht owners hosted by Pamela and David V. Johnson. This exclusive gathering will precede the ‘Hollywood Glamour’ beach party hosted by Oil Nut Bay.
On the final day, competitors and guests will attend a prize giving on the YCCS lawn to celebrate the winning yachts. Race day prizes will be presented by Gold Sponsors Oil Nut Bay and Embraer Executive Jets and a special prize will be presented to the the owner and crew crowned ‘Spirit of the Regatta’.
The overall winner of The Boat International Media Trophy will be presented by Loro Piana Deputy Chairman, Mr Pier Luigi Loro Piana, joined by Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo and Boat International Media’s CEO, Tony Harris. The regatta concludes with celebratory and farewell cocktails to see the yachts off in style.
Organisers Boat International Media and YCCS are delighted to have the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board as a sponsor to the event. The Director of the Board comments: “On behalf of the BVI Tourist Board, we invite you to enjoy our alluring 60 islands and cays; our tranquil blue waters and powder white beaches; and some of the most spectacular sailing in the world. Travellers come to our shores from near and far to capture the essence of navigating this beloved archipelago. Many nautical adventures can be found in the BVI and whether this is your first time visiting us, or you are returning to Nature’s Little Secrets, we welcome you to experience the charm and beauty of our destination. We are honoured to host the fifth annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Virgin Gorda, and wish all competitors a fantastic event!”