Technically for those in the airline industry, anyone who rents a sailboat – usually a catamaran and shares it with friends – is welcome and can take part in the nightly beach parties. Take your costumes because this is indeed a great island-hopping party.
The dates are Oct. 13-18. This is before the busy winter season and at the tail end of hurricane season, tho hurricanes are rare that time of the year. Most people arrive at least a day early and stay at least another day. Here’s the schedule.
Oct. 13 – Welcoming ceremony, Moorings Regatta, Tortola, BVIs. Note: this is for regatta participants.
Oct. 14 – ABC Theme Party, Marche Bar & Grill
Oct 15 – Toga party (an Interline Regatta tradition), Coco Maya
Oct. 16 – Pirate party (another Interline Regatta tradition), Anegeda Reef Hotel
Oct. 17 – 80’s party, Leverick Bay Resort
Oct 18 – Awards ceremony, final blowout party, Pirates Bight
Interline Regatta veterans will note that this year’s theme parties are only for four days. In the past, this was a 10-day adventure as you island-hop from bar to bar.
Here’s the event’s official website: Interline Regatta BVI | The Moorings
Interline Regatta Pro Tips
• There’s no need to register or even go through the Moorings to attend any of the events. All you have to do is charter a boat and show up to the right harbor on the right day. The costumed theme parties are at night.
• There is no charge to attend any of the parties
• It is an unwritten rule to dress in the themed costumes.
• Charger rentals are available throughout the BVIs; many people use charters out of Tortola. This will cost approximately $8,000-9,000 for the week, not including the food and drinks (beer and rum!) you take on board. Catamarans can hold four to six people and you can save about a grand by sharing a cabin.
• You can fly into St. Thomas in the USVI from Miami or San Juan, or directly to the small Caribbean outpost of Tortola. Entering the BVIs requires a passport.
• Rum is cheaper than the mix in the Virgin Islands. So watch out if you’re not used to drinking rum!
• Rum also works to keep mosquitos at bay. Avon’s Skin So Soft also works wonders.
• The daytime temperatures are warm – mid 80s and can be muggy. Night are cooler but can also be muggy. You’ll need A/C on your boat.
• BVI rookies can rent charters and go but you’ll need a seasoned captain (or two) in order to get a boat. The captain also needs to be able to read a chart. More than one skipper has run around approaching an island.
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