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For the first Gill BVI International Match Race Championships on March 30-31,  eight teams will be competing against each other for the title and the racing will be fast and furious. Pitting the skills of one team against another, match race sailing is one of the most intense forms of sailing and is used in the America's Cup, World Match Racing Tour, and most recently as a new Women's discipline in the Olympic Games. The short courses, umpired rules, and one-on-one format are also ideal for spectators to follow all the action.

The venue will be on the waters adjacent to Sea Cow Bay North of the Francis Drake Channel near Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI.

Skippers Mike Buckley, winner of the Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 and who went on to the Danish Open in 2010 and Leo Vasiliev, is currently ranked in the top 200 in the world will join Peter Holmberg, William Bailey, Colin Rathbun and seven other teams for this inaugural event.  With such great competitors this event is bound to set the bar high for the remaining Grade 3s of 2011. "I really enjoy match racing as the race is never over, in my opinion it is the most intense form of racing we have in our sport. The BVI event is shaping up to have a fantastic field of sailors, umpires, and race management… this will no doubt be a great week of sailing!" said skipper Buckley.  To request an invite or for more information contact Mary Anne Ward at [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>  or for more information please go to www.bvispringregatta.org

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