Racing in azure waters and near perfect conditions in the 2012 second annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous | photo by Carlo Borlenghi
The annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous brings together sailing and motor yacht owners, their families and their friends to take advantage of the best cruising waters in the Caribbean around the British Virgin Islands.
Sailing yacht owners enjoy three days of racing, with the overall winner presented with the Boat International Media Trophy, while motor yachts follow the racing and cruise in company.
The accompanying social programme includes Caribbean barbecues, cocktail tastings, treasure hunts, lunches, dinners and parties.
Organised by Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the event is hosted from the new YCCS Virgin Gorda clubhouse and marina in North Sound.
The next Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta and Rendezvous takes place 20-23 March 2013
The 2012 Caribbean Regatta and Rendezvous
The second year of the event took place 14 – 17 March 2012, when 25 superyachts – sail and motor – gathered at the YCCS Virgin Gorda marina.
THE SOCIAL PROGRAMME
While racing yachts were busy on the course, the rest of the rendezvous fleet enjoyed front-row seats to the action along with events including a cruise to Peter Island for lunch sponsored by BVI Tourism at a private villa, a beach day at the Oil Nut Bay Beach Club and a pirate-themed treasure hunt. Owners and guests also had the chance to sample 1912 Louis XIII cognac on board the host yacht Icon, while crew played with four varieties of rum from sponsor Mount Gay Distilleries in a cocktail competition. Owners enjoyed a Loro Piana-hosted owners’ dinner under the stars, at the new YCCS clubhouse, while the crew celebrated on the beach at Leverick Bay. A gold-themed party on the final night at Oil Nut Bay got everyone on the dance floor.
THE RACE PROGRAMME
13 diverse and international sailing yachts were attracted to the racing, from the 33.5 metre Burger Chanticleer to the 90 metre Athena. Conditions were good to near-perfect for the three-race schedule around North Sound. The 30.5 metre 2009 Wally Indio and last year’s winner, 42.1 metre J Class Hanuman, battled it out for supremacy, but on days two and three, shifty inshore conditions favoured lighter boats such as Indio, which who finished one point ahead of Jim Clark’s Hanuman.
For more information, visit www.superyachtregattaandrendezvous.com
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