Can you believe it’s already March?! As happy as I am that it’s quickly nearing my birthday, I’m really upset with how fast life seems to fly by. Well, as one as my odes to “l’Année de Mlle Tillie” (which translates to “Miss Tillie’s Year”) I’ve promised myself more travel and adventure. Which I think would be a great ode for everyone now that I think about it. You can never have too much culture. First stop – the BVI!
The British Virgin Islands is one of the top destinations for sailing, so much that they offer a number of programs for both adults and families to enjoy. With their blue water so clear you can stare in amazement at your perfect pedi, the Caribbean ocean is what boat enthusiasts would call “a sailor’s paradise.” So before you shell out thousands on summer camp for your rugrats, check out what the BVI has to offer. And don’t worry about what to do with the kids when you return to work with natural highlights and sunkissed skin. Just ship them off to Gamgam’s for the remaining time – they’ll be fine.
- The BVI Spring Regatta – one of the biggest sailing events of the year in the BVI is happening from March 30 to April 5. The weeklong event takes you throughout the scenic British Virgin Islands, with plentiful activities for all ages and experience levels.
- The Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit Race is a two-day event taking place this May, allowing sailors and cruisers to race to Anegada and enjoy games and parties on the beach.
- The KATS Premiere Cup is happening this July, where children from all over the world will compete on IC24 one design boats. The event is as much fun for parents as it is for the children, with great food and activity included.
- The 40th Annual Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta will take place from May 23-24. Any wooden boat is eligible to race, and all ages and skill levels can partake.
- Rob Swain Sailing School is offering a two-day course for $450 that includes a four hour training led by professional instructors.
- Bitter End Sailing School is offering programming from 9AM – 5PM every day, where children can take lessons from professional instructors. Lessons cost $110 per hour, but for participants staying at Bitter End, take advantage of the exclusive price of $80.
- Tortola Sailing School is offering packages where participants can learn from top-of-the-line instructors for $300/day, or live aboard a yacht with an all-inclusive basic course for $1,695.