Round Tortola Race
- November 11th, 2009
- in Yachting
The Peg Legs Round Tortola Race will take place on Saturday, November 21st. This 36-mile event is in its 40th consecutive year of running and more than ever before bragging rights are on the table. This will be the second year in a row that the fleet will undertake a complete circumnavigation of Tortola, starting and finishing off Nanny Cay.
Records on the best times are a little sketchy but Triple Jack’s 2002 time of 3 hours and 55 minutes from Road Town to Nanny Cay, and just shy of a complete circumnavigation of Tortola, is the target. Sprightly 30-year old Triple Jack, a Kelsal 47, is expected to compete this year along with last year’s overall winner, Willy-T (Olson 30) and fastest boat, Jurakan, a Melges 32.
All classes will start in the Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny Cay and then head anti-clockwise around Tortola. After the beat East up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the fleet will turn the corner at Great Camanoe and head on a downwind run to West End where, after a quick wiggle through Soper’s Hole, it will be a beat back to the finish off Nanny Cay.
The skippers’ meeting will be held at the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) from 6:00 – 8.00 pm at Friday 20th November and sailing instructions will be available at that time. The RBVIYC will also be hosting an Oyster Night that evening.
Classes will be racing, cruising and multihull with all eligible for the overall prize. The first start will be 9.05 a.m. for the cruising class, following by the racing and multihull classes at 9.35 am. Nanny Cay Marina will be providing free overnight dockage for competing boats based outside Nanny Cay on Saturday night.
The post-race party begins at Peg Legs as soon as competitors finish, followed by the prize giving at 6:00 pm or when results are finalized. Peg Legs will be rocking with live music and drinks specials post-race. Peg Legs Restaurant is Nanny Cay’s flagship restaurant at the entrance to the marina.
“We’re very pleased to be sponsoring this event and look forward to welcoming the Round Tortola fleet to Nanny Cay after a complete circumnavigation,” said Nanny Cay’s general manager, Miles Sutherland-Pilch. “The party will start as soon as the boats hit the finish line. Hopefully free dockage will encourage the tired crews to stay and enjoy the party and worry about proper boat clean-up the following day!”
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