- February 29th, 2012
- in Yachting
“It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.”
—Sir Francis Drake
In the Virgin Islands, March means the peak of sailing season. The winds are just right, the seas are high, the sails are full—and regattas are in full swing. This month, we celebrate the St Thomas International Rolex Regatta and BVI Spring Regatta, two major races that happen to fall one after another. For the nautically enthused, life couldn’t get much sweeter.
In this issue, I spoke to key players in both Virgin Islands regattas to find out what’s in store this year. Regatta revelers new and old similarly spoke highly of the two competitive yet fun-spirited events, even though some questioned whether the April 2 to 7 scheduling of Les Voiles de Saint Barth would affect the number of entries in the BVI this year. At either rate, many of the big-name players had already affirmed their commitment to the event.
I caught up with St Thomas pro Peter Holmberg, who regaled in fond memories of sailing in early regattas with his father and close childhood friends. He also touched on high performance trends making their way into the regattas this year. The seasoned vet said he wouldn’t miss either regatta for the world.
While much of this issue remained wet in theme, Traci O’Dea stayed dry at Nora Hazel Point on Tortola’s southern shore. There, the bold and beautiful Rhumb House stands as a testament to charismatic architecture and interior design at their finest. She skipped across koi ponds and pondered animated colour schemes in this one-of-a-kind luxury property.
I jumped over to St Thomas for the day to visit what surely could be considered one of the most significant Virgin Islands estates established over the past 50 years. The Estate at Spring Bay carves out its stake within 20 acres of pristine waterfront property, hidden away from an otherwise bustling island appropriately dubbed Rock City. The immaculate 10-bedroom property boasts an old-school elegance and timeless charm, and, at a five-minute drive from Red Hook, a wonderful retreat from reality.
Flip through these pages for more fun and informative pieces which hopefully find you enjoying your time here in the VI. Surely, many readers will be accounting for this month’s anticipated high turn outs on the high seas. Continue reading, and good luck on the water . . .
Full sails ahead!