HighPoint BVI week (HPYF 2020) was the perfect celebratory fling before social distancing and lockdowns spread across the globe and spoiled everything.
Now we can only dream and I hope this souvenir document will keep your happy memories of the week alive – SOUVENIR BOOK.
BVI GIN, SPONSORS OF HPYF 2020
The 2020 edition of High Point BVI Week kicked off on Friday 6th March with a warm-up evening for many at The Watering Hole in Road Town before the official Welcome party at Scrub Island Marina on Saturday. The threat of rain saw the intended venue on North Beach abandoned but that was
soon forgotten after the first BVI Gin-sponsored drinks began to flow…. It was great to see how quickly the newbies were welcomed into and absorbed by the established High Point family! In particular the new teams of François and Marc really livened things up and Alex, Dianne and Emma got on like a house on fire, fully bonded by the time skipper Jaap arrived later on the Sunday.
The week’s weather was a bit wild and Monday’s race had to be abandoned due to high winds of 25-30 knots and more. We managed to hold two races on Wednesday to catch up with the race programme, but the large swells that followed those winds made Cane Garden Bay too feisty to visit. Instead we had two nights at Soper’s Hole – the staff there were fantastic and twice moved their boats so we could all be together and it proved the perfect setting for Gourmet Night. Cane Garden Bay will have to wait until 2021.
After the first two nights in our charter base on Scrub Island Marina, the week’s modified itinerary took us to overnight stopovers in Great Harbour on Jost van Dyke, Soper’s Hole on Tortola, Great Harbour on Peter Island, Soper’s Hole again and the Prize-Giving was celebrated at the wonderful Ocean 7 Club on Norman Island. A fabulous climax to the week and it’s now top of our list for 2021 as well.
Congratulations to my team for being the overall winners in the races, Martin’s team for their second place and François’ team for third. Steven’s boat won the Gourmet Prize with Martin’s gloriously spiced Hungarian Goulash. Martin has kindly shared his recipe, included in the Souvenir Book. Don’t forget the sour cream!!
OCEAN’S SEVEN YACHT CLUB ON PETER ISLAND
Thanks to BVI Gin for sponsoring drinks at the opening and closing events, thanks to Ocean 7 for the fantastic prize-giving venue and service and thanks to BVI Tourist Board for their invaluable and generous assistance, including contributing to the Welcome party.
Special thanks to all of you for coming and making our last week of freedom such a memorable one. Of course we all owe a special thank-you to Sasha for making the week so magical for us all – we are so lucky to have such a wonderful King as queen of our event!
Last but by no means least, thanks to my fantastic team of Martine, Sasha, Dave, Veronica, Alan and Alison for being such great company and for sailing so well all week.
We hope to see you all again next year and, until then, stay safe and we hope you, your family and your friends get through the virus pandemic as painlessly as possible.
John & Sasha
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