CHARTER CON­SID­ER­A­TIONS

Cruising World - - Wide-Bottom Racing -

Given bare­boat rac­ing’s pop­u­lar­ity, Har­vey rec­om­mends book­ing your reser­va­tions as early as pos­si­ble to se­cure your spot on the start­ing line. Josie Tucci, the vice pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing at Trav­elopia Marine (own­ers of The Moor­ings and Sun­sail), ad­vises that prospec­tive cus­tomers must pro­vide a sail­ing re­sume de­tail­ing their qual­i­fi­ca­tions, pay a non­re­fund­able race-sup­ple­ment fee, put down a re­fund­able dam­age de­posit and ob­tain the charter com­pany’s per­mis­sion to go rac­ing. “We’ve had fleets par­tic­i­pat­ing in the BVI Spring Re­gatta, St. Maarten Heineken Re­gatta and An­tigua Sail­ing Week since their in­cep­tion,” Tucci says. “We have a big con­tin­gent of ac­tive cus­tomers who en­joy the rac­ing cir­cuit in the Caribbean and can’t bring their own boats down but who still want to en­joy the awe­some breezes, sun­shine and turquoise waters. It’s non­spin­naker rac­ing, so it’s ac­ces­si­ble for all and a lot of fun.” Fi­nally, Tucci says, “If you book your race pack­age through us, we’ll han­dle reg­is­tra­tion with the re­gatta or­ga­niz­ers for you.”

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