Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina to Host Invitational During 2019 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (December 4, 2018) – Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, a private-island resort in the British Virgin Islands, will host the Scrub Island Invitational during the 48th Annual BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival (March 25-31, 2019). The resort is the hosting sponsor for the springtime event, which takes place Wednesday, March 27 and is expected to draw up to 50 boats to compete in a race from Nanny Cay Marina to Scrub Island.

The exact course will depend on weather and conditions, but will wind through many of the lush islands, offering racers breathtaking views as they make their way to Scrub Island. Upon conclusion, Scrub Island Resort will host the crews, their families and friends, and race officials for a special luncheon and party on the Grand Pavilion Patio, Donovan’s Beach and lower level of the main resort swimming pool. The festive afternoon celebration will feature live music, a barbeque lunch and specialty drinks.

“We’re especially excited to be hosting the Scrub Island Invitational again, after taking a year off to undergo renovations in the summer of 2018,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development, the owner and operator of the resort. “Now that we’re back up and running, we welcome the opportunity to host this great event again and showcase how our resort and our marina have been fully restored to their original grandeur.”

One of the top three annual Caribbean sailing events, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival draws an average of 110 yachts, with 60 percent of competitors coming from overseas. There will be many new and exciting additions to 2019 event, including two marinas at the host sponsor and venue, Nanny Cay Resort and Marina. Other events during the Sailing Festival include The Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race. The three-day Spring Regatta race will cover racing along the Sir Francis Drake Channel, The Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.  Each day will conclude with nightly entertainment with dancing on the beach, and local food vendors who will feature both local and international cuisine. For more information on the event, visit

“Thanks to the energy and spirit of sailing in the BVIs, it will take more than category five hurricanes to keep people from coming back to sail and race,” said Judy Petz, BVI Spring Regatta Director. “We are open, ready, and excited to welcome sailors from around the world to come for the first time or back again.”

Always an exclusive getaway, Scrub Island Resort offers private-island luxury now more than ever, with crystal-clear water, pristine beaches and crowd-free vacationing. For reservations, visit


About Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI

Opened in July 2010, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is named after its location, a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. A luxury, AAA Four Diamond hotel and the first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, the resort is tucked into a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands. It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three-, four- and six-bedroom villas, the intimate Ixora Spa, world-class restaurants, two private beaches and a 55-slip marina. For more information, call toll free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit


About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC

Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their property portfolio includes four Autograph Collection Hotels: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands; the boutique, food-focused Epicurean Hotel ( in Tampa, Florida; Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club ( on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the historic Fenway Hotel ( in Dunedin, Florida; as well as Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida, Georgia and Tennessee markets for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® ( and Oakwood® ( brands. Additional future projects include Luminary Hotel & Co. ( in Fort Myers, Florida; a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex in Pasco County, Florida; and a historic boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse, to annual events such as the Epic Chef Showdown. Learn more at


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About the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival

The stage is set for the 48th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival with slogans of “No Fear- Just Great Racing and Fun” as well as “Building BVI Back Bigger – Better – Stronger.” The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival will take place March 25-31, 2019. The racing takes advantage of the stunning array of picture-perfect islands and idyllic sailing conditions, between laid marks and sixty-five islands. The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival offers spectacular racing with courses suited to everyone. The emphasis is on professional race management maximizing great racing for all 18 classes. There is an area just for our bareboat classes; catamarans, high-performance race boats and cruisers, all have exceptional races designed just for them. It’s a regatta with something specially suited for every boat and racer. Hosted at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, sailors have a home to prep, stay, work and play as long as needed. The regatta brings in visitors just to watch the racing, enjoy all the parties, dance in the sand and relax on the beach. Sailors come to race and families join them to enjoy the splendor of all that the British Virgin Islands has to offer. For more details and race information: