Welcome to The 2013 Interline Regatta!
Sailboats, Party Cats and Nightly Costume Parties
There are fun themed parties each night of the annual Interline Regatta.
By The Bar Blogger, PubClub.com's Gotta Regatta Correspondent
This is not a party for the meek and quiet.
Rather, it's the call of pirates, castaways and the fun and crazy folks of the airline industry who make the annual pilgrimage to the British Virgin Islands for the Moorings Interline Regatta.
This year is the 32nd annual event, which takes place Oct. 15-24, and it's a week-long party of island hopping to the various beach bars, all aboard sailboats and "party cats" for the couple of hundred of people who follow the actual regatta.
One year, a toga party was one of the costume themes.
Even there's no pirate party in 2012, there still will be wenches and even pirates.
A group of Interline Regatta partiers celebrate after a day at the Soggy Dollar.
The theme here is just to have fun!
There are different theme parties every night and even a couple of harbor Happy Hours that are a new addition. Here is the 2012 Party Schedule:
• Tuesday, Oct. 15: Mardi Gras Welcome Party, Ocean's 7, Peter Island
• Wednesday, Oct. 16: Nurses and Doctors Party, Pusser's Marina Cay
• Thursday, Oct. 17: Sailing practice day, capped by a rum tasting and dinner party, Morrings Plaza and Regatta Village
• Friday, Oct. 18: Baywatch "Jump and Jingle" Party, Pirates, Norman Island
• Saturday, Oct. 19: Pick Your Own Costome Party, Cooper Island
• Sunday, Oct. 20:
Play Day Party (5 p..m.) followed by "Pick Your Own Costume: Party, Leverick Bay Resort, Virgin Gorda
• Monday, Oct. 21: Super Heroes and Villians Party, Saba Rock, Virgin Gorda
• Tuesday, Oct. 22: Fireball Happy Hour (6 p.m., Trellis Bay beach), followed by Awards Dinner, Trellis Bay East End
• Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 & 24: Free sailing day and the head back to the Morrings in Road Town for regatta particpants
After all that, WHEW!
Note there is no pirate party this year. But there will most definitely be pirates and wenches because, well, it's the Caribbean!
There is really a regatta, and it takes place in the daytime prior to the parties.
Some skippers and crew taking the racing seriously.
Sailboats race through the Virgin Islands, then race to port to party.
The excuse for this excursion is the actual daily regatta for employees in the airline industry. In 2012, there are up to five races held on each of the four scheduled race days.
For Spectators, Barefoot Wine will co-host the all-new “Barefoot Bubbly” Spectator Poker Run, with a First Place prize of 2 free Days on a Moorings Yacht, and a bottle of bubbly for runners-up. All charterers booking a Spectator Yacht with The Moorings, Sunsail or Footloose have a chance to win.
While the primary participants are airilne industry employees, hundreds of other people fly in for i, rent catamarans and partake in the parties. All told, there are as many as 800 people partying at the nightly theme party events. The Moorings is one of several spots on Tortola that rents the catamarans.
PubClub.com can say with experience that the Interline Regatta is a blast. Still, after about five or six straight nights of going all out, it does take a bit of re-charging to charge into the next theme. But it's well worth the effort!
Dingy wars after the sailing and before the theme parties are near daily ritural.