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David Johnson: Super yacht regatta is here to stay! [Photoslide Included]

Johnson, wearing spectacles, mingling with guests last evening. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) super yacht regatta is here to stay and it will become the premiere sailing event in the world, predicts David Johnson of Victor International.

“This is our second year and we have seen a 30 percent increase in participation of super yachts this year. It’s an unbelievable accomplishment for only being in its second year,” he told Virgin Islands News Online last evening, March 15, 2012 at a cocktail reception at the YCCS for participants.

The regatta began yesterday March 14, 2012 and concludes on Saturday March 17, 2012. It is hosted by YCCS and Boat International Media.

Of the 28 yachts that will be in the regatta to compete for the bragging rights and trophy, Johnson revealed that “what is amazing is that many of the boats have about 30 to 40 people on them from around the world and it’s a tremendous benefit to the BVI economy. The main sponsor Loro Piana has brought journalists from around the world and the Boat International Media will ensure the event is shown in 55 countries.”

Johnson is also enthused that the Oil Nut Bay beach club was completed, which was a major feat and credited the “huge team of BVI contractors” for doing a remarkable job. He added that the Club is fully equipped and functional to cater to the needs of yachters.

Participants for the regatta came from afar including Italy, Australia, England and the United States.

After invitees were treated to a scrumptious BBQ dinner, they were treated to exotic concoctions of alcoholic beverages with Mount Gay Rum as the main ingredient. Virgin Gotlicious, Wake Me Nut Before You Mango and Vietnamese Ballbangers were just some of the creations made.

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Johnson explained that the drinks were judged as well.

Although, he is not participating, Johnson is optimistic the regatta is going to be spectacular. “From the fun we are having I know they [sailors] will come back next year!”

Several Government officials attended the affair including Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith and his wife; Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. Kedrick Pickering; 8th District Representative Hon. Marlon Penn; 6th District Representative Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines and 1st District Representative Hon. Andrew Fahie.

14 Responses to “David Johnson: Super yacht regatta is here to stay! [Photoslide Included]”

  • Man Down (15/03/2012, 14:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew liming with the big boys. Smart man.
    • which side are you on? (15/03/2012, 14:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      yeap he playing ball wid the enemy...let he stop dey...when Myron finish will he, he will hear the news.....
  • qc (15/03/2012, 14:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is good stuff vino
    • transelator (15/03/2012, 16:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good man! we need more clean investors like david johnson not like the dude stanford from antigua that mark was pushing on ralph according to mr oneal himself!
  • under the bus (15/03/2012, 14:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Smith and the NDP better tell us how the locals will benefits as there they go again...big business and the small man suck salt!
    • Man Down (15/03/2012, 16:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why does Government have to tell you how you can benefit? You all get to accustomed to this spoon feeding socialist bullshit man! Get up off your ass, do research to see what business you can start up to complement what they are offering. Government job is to ensure economic activity, your job is to take advantage of it. Set of damn lazy asses want everything fall in your lap. You buy a truck, a himack, a backhoe, you balling Government got to give you work so you could pay the bank. Everything is Government! The man said the regatta is here to stay. It means hundreds will be in BVI at any given time. Get with your peers, friends, from an investment group, pool resources, ideas and come up with a business plan to make something of yourself. Since when Government got in the business of making things for people? They already facilitated the investment by the developer what more they want? The only other thing Govt. need to do is ensure these developers contribute more to the Territory, especially to the youth in the form of education. Now, get your lazy ass up and try to do something for yourself. When VINO started, did they wait on government? NO, the people behind it saw an opportunity and ran with it. You need to do the same from bitching all the time....This is why expats will take over here. They don't sit and wait, they plot and take action.
    • lodger (15/03/2012, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. This has very little to do with the BVI, despite what he says. Play time for toffs with some BVI wannabees! Stick with the BVI Spring Regatta!
  • bam (15/03/2012, 19:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    our own youths wanted a car track and were denied....now we are here building play grounds for a few rich caucians
    • Peter Crumble (15/03/2012, 22:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bam, lets blame bad white man for ur lack of ambition...
    • Plain (15/03/2012, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      stop talking sh$$t. this man bought his land and built his marina. now you buy some land and build a drag track. damn jackss government didn't build the marina, it's a private development. myron work on this education business fast please, with this type of thinking we bound to go under. my god man.
  • real talk 2 (15/03/2012, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am told that these meager yachts are sometimes anchored in coral reefs???? Is that so? is that true??? is so where is the NDP or the CFD????
    • JaguarXKR2000 (19/03/2012, 10:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mega yachts NEVER anchor in (only near) coral reefs! First of all, a coral reef means shallow water, and no-mega yacht captain is going to risk his job possibly damaging $10's of millions of dollars of mega-yacht hull OR risk damaging priceless coral reef! Second, there is a saying "believe nothing you hear and only 1/2 of what you see"! It's really a simple decision for the BVI people... If you attract those that know how to make and create wealth, they will help the BVI create wealth and prosperity and ultimately improve the quality of life for everyone in the BVI... or you can send them a clear message that they should pack-up and take their money (and knowledge) to ANOTHER Caribbean island and create wealth and prosperity THERE instead. They do NOT come here to deliberately damage or destroy the economy, eco-system or social structure. You will NOT see these mega yacht owners (or crew) throwing water bottles out of the windows of their rental cars or leaving trash on the beaches. These are sophisticated and educated business owners that are usually considerate and mind-full of the pristine eco-system and local customs.
  • qqqqqqqqqqqqqqq (16/03/2012, 23:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i congratulate David for what he is doing for the local economy.


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