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Take to the Seas
The Booby Island Regatta and Sailing Festival
April 30 – May 1, 2017

Whether you’re a seasoned yachtsman or a bit more of a novice sailor, the Booby Island Regatta and Sailing Festival is a fantastic time to be in Nevis to enjoy the water, watch the festival and partake in the activities.

This fun-filled event in the beautiful Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis is a little bit different than others in the region. While it is very much a competition, the sailing is designed to give everyone the opportunity to take part and compete regardless of the yacht’s capabilities or the crew’s level of experience. And each day’s on-shore festivities are equally as entertaining.

On Sunday, April 30, the race begins with “Round De Rock,” a circumnavigation of Nevis Island from Paradise Beach to Nevis’ historical capital of Charlestown. Starting from Oualie Bay, this race goes around the almost perfectly circular island of Nevis. There are beautiful open ocean views of the islands of Redonda, Monserrat, and of course, Nevis. Spectators will have a perfect view of the finish at Charlestown Pier.

The final day, Monday, May 1, includes the “Booby Island Cup.” There is a classic pursuit race around Booby Island and through the narrows, starting and ending on Oualie Bay, Nevis, where spectators will await the finish and cheer on their team. Then the celebration begins with a party at Nevis Yacht Club with live music on the beach, BBQ, drinks, and the awarding of the Booby Island Cup and other small prizes.

For more information about the event or to obtain a registration form, visit www.boobyislandregatta.com.

Nevis Ahoy!

What could be more romantic than sailing away on the stunning 41-foot sloop Feisty, then anchoring up for a spot of snorkelling with a professional dive master and marine biologist, and ending the day by admiring the sunset from on board the luxuriously equipped vessel with a glass or three of champagne?

Miles Denne of Nevis Yacht Charters (www.nevisyachtcharters.com) is the skipper, has the qualifications, and an infectious enthusiasm for showing family groups or just lone honeymoon couples the very best of offshore Nevis. “Snorkelling with hawksbill turtles is one of those experiences visitors never forget,” he reckons. Yellowtail snapper, parrot fish and spotted eagle rays are some of the other species Miles regularly shows his guests off the coral reefs that surround the island.

The waters between St. Kitts and Nevis are spectacular for recreational sailing. Many hotels organise group outings but a personalised private charter is the way to go for guests wanting the best out of the experience. Nevis Yacht Charters and a couple of other outfits will facilitate half and full-day trips, or even longer voyages over to St. Barths or Montserrat.

“No flippers in your face, just a perfect day’s sailing in your own chartered yacht with up to eight of your family or friends,” promises Miles.

Staying on the water, Herbert’s Beach, just a few hundred yards round the headland from Nisbet Plantation, provides the perfect environment for kiteboarding. “The coral reef gives us protection from the heavy waves,” says Jeff Andrade, one-time tournament pro, “while the winds here are pretty steady.”

Jet skiing, paddle boarding, surfing and water skiing are just some of the water-sports practiced off Pinney’s Beach, with Hobie Cats also available for those who know how to handle them. Jeff is actually based over the Narrows at St Kitts Water Sports (www.stkittswatersports.com) but he and his team regularly head to Herbert’s Beach both to strut their stuff and teach beginners the ‘Floaty’ jump, the Grab and other tricks.

All of which might be a tad demanding for some, so those who prefer the comfort of an armchair while hunting the ‘big five’ pelagic fish, namely marlin, tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi and wahoo, should head to Oualie Beach where the best Nevis sport fishermen are based. The ‘drop-off’, as it’s called, where 500lb blue marlin have been caught, is then only 15 minutes away.

On the way out, it isn’t only the fishing that makes the experience memorable. Whales are frequently seen, as well as an amazing variety of sea birds – it’s just a great day out.

Charters skippered by experts such as champion fisherman Clivin Christmas – (869) 663 3301 – can be booked by the full- or half-day, with up to six guests accommodated on a typical fishing boat. The Four Seasons will even arrange the whole trip, then take the catch back and prepare it for dinner at their romantic ocean-side Mango restaurant. Now, that’s a real taste of the Caribbean.

Put A Little Sunshine in Your Nevis Itinerary

Just when you think you have your sea legs, you get off the boat and wander into the drink Mecca of the Caribbean known as Sunshine’s Beach Bar located on popular Pinney’s beach. After a day of sailing, sunning and water activities, Sunshine’s is the perfect place to cool down and unwind with a delicious meal paired with their world renowned Rum punch known as “Killer Bee.”

The Killer Bee has its name for a reason. You hear the buzz and ultimately feel the sting, but it is considered by many to be the tastiest tropical drink in the Caribbean. And it’s not just locals who will say that. You can check with the many celebrities like Beyonce and Jay Z, Kevin Bacon, Bob Saget and Jimmy Buffet who have visited this popular bar to taste this concoction, enjoy the food and to meet the legend himself, Sunshine.

Sunshine began this endeavor as just a BBQ grill on the beach serving fresh seafood to hungry beachgoers. As word of his great food spread, he added chairs and a thatched roof to keep patrons out of the hot sun. Fast forward twenty years and you now have a fantastic casual dining experience that should be on every guest itinerary.

Nevis Tourism Authority – Nevis, West Indies
In Nevis:
Office: 869.469.7550
Fax: 869.469.7551
USA: 407.287.5204
Canada: 403.770.6697
UK: +44(0)1305233107

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