Official opening of YCCS Virgin Gorda and inaugural Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

17 March 2011

Official opening of YCCS Virgin Gorda and inaugural Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

On Wednesday 16 March, in the presence of superyacht owners and VIPs from around the world, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Victor International unveiled the new Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Marina (YCCS Marina), in North Sound Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands (BVI).

The inauguration of the new marina took place with a ceremonial ribbon cutting led by David V. Johnson, Chairman of Victor International and the driving force behind the development of YCCS Virgin Gorda. This momentous occasion also marked the first day of the inaugural Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous , organized in partnership with Boat International Media.

With spectacular views of the 19 incredible superyachts moored stern-to on the dock below, owners and VIPs enjoyed a champagne reception on the YCCS Lawn and witnessed the hoisting of the event flag, commencing four days of fun on the water around the spectacularly beautiful British Virgin Islands.

'The Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous is the first of many prestigious yachting events which YCCS intends to organize in the beautiful waters of the British Virgin Islands', commented Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the YCCS.

The Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous brings together sail and motor yacht enthusiasts to take advantage of the best cruising waters in the Caribbean. Sailing yacht owners will enjoy three days of racing, with the overall winner of the Regatta presented with the Boat International Media Trophy.

A comprehensive and glamorous social program for both sail and motor yacht owners includes a number of on and off the water activities, elegant social events, beach parties and gala dinners with an array of local entertainment courtesy of Oil Nut Bay.

David V. Johnson extended special thanks to the many owners who have committed to attending this inaugural event, creating traditions for years to come: 'We look forward to many years of safe sailing and superyacht events here in the BVI and the prosperity that this will bring to the region.'

Tony Harris, CEO of Boat International Media added: 'Thank you to all of the owners who have supported the inaugural Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, bringing their beautiful boats to Virgin Gorda to be part of this historic event. Its our job to make sure you have fun and we’ve some great cruising and fantastic sailing lined up for you to enjoy.'

With the eyes of the superyacht community fixed firmly on the BVI, today brings Race Day 1 for the sailing yachts owners who look set to enjoy near-perfect racing conditions.

Motor yacht owners look forward to a Cruise in Company to Peter Island. Guests will tender to shore for a luncheon at Falcon’s Next, an exclusive private villa offering breathtaking views of White Bay Beach.

For further information please contact:

Alexis Naylor
Events Executive
Boat International Media
T: +44 (0) 7971 438671

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