Pro Am Regatta Sets Sail

Now in its 25th year, the Pro Am Regatta at the British Virgin Islands’ Bitter End Yacht Club hits the waves October 30 through November 5. As the only major pro-am yacht regatta in the world, the Bitter End event is unique in pairing world-class skippers with anyone with a sense of adventure who wants to participate. This year, notable skippers include Peter Holmberg, the winner of last year’s Pro Am and a member of the victorious 2007 America’s Cup team, and rising sailing star and Olympic gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe.

The origins of the regatta are somewhat a result of happenstance. To drum up interest in the Bitter End resort, the resort planned a low-key regatta and invited some of the world’s leading skippers, who participated in exchange for room and board. When guests of the resort began to express interest in participating in the event, the club found space for them on a number of vessels.

Any guest staying at the resort during the regatta is welcome to request a position on a boat, and novices as well as experts are accommodated. The weeklong event will include four pro-am races as well as professional races and a day trip to nearby Anegada Island. In the evenings, guests will enjoy cocktail parties with the skippers, barbecues, and seminars. A limited number of pro-am vacation packages starting at $3,273 are still available. (800.872.2392, www.beyc.com)

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Photo by Marc Paris
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Photo by Dick Holthuis
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Photo by Jeff Brown
The 141-foot yacht uses both diesel and electric motors…
The $1.2 million offshore powerboat can reach a top speed of 135 mph…
The event saw several debuts from top yacht builders, including Azimut, Riva, Ferretti, and more…
The 278-foot yacht features a full-size pool, an outdoor cinema, and enough stowage for a seaplane…
The 125-foot yacht is the most environmentally friendly in its class...
Beautiful, hand-finished wood detailing is found throughout the 147-foot megayacht…
Photo by Marc Paris
A song provides the spark for a Baglietto-built superyacht’s crisp and polished interior design...
The 164-foot yacht has a sky lounge and a 1,000-square-foot owner’s suite…
The new yacht has a reworked layout for the U.S. market…
Photo by Dick Holthuis
The ship’s interiors were conceived by the Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat…
Photo by Jeff Brown
The 141-foot yacht uses both diesel and electric motors…