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Willy T Virgin's Cup

The Virgin's Race is one of the longest running in the Royal BVI Yacht Club Calendar with the first edition taking place in 1975. 

The race has evolved over the years and with the sponsorship of the William Thornton since 1990 it is firmly established as the Willy T Virgin's Cup.  In addition to the normal racing rules, all boats entered shall have a female skipper and in some years it was stipulated that 50% of the crew also had to be women. 

Naturally, entries have always been high for the race which in it's current format ends with a post-race party at the Willy T.

The roll of honour:

1975 Squib 162
Liz Harley
1976 1977 1978
1979 Galatea
Jill Tattersall
1980 Squib
Barbara Bailey
1981 Sting
Debbie Beasley
1982 Jolie Brise
1983 Plan B
Carrie Craig
1984 Lightning
Jean Green
1985 1986 Galatea
1987 1988 1989 1990 Sapphire
Carmen O'Connor
1991 1992 Cinnamon Teal
Alison Reese
1993 1994
1995 Pipe Dream
Penny Haycraft
1996 Ruff N Reddy
Kay Reddy
1997 1998 Rushin' Rowlette
Karen Simpson
1999 Rushin' Rowlette
Karen Simpson
2000 Boomorang
Pat Nolan
2001 Rushin' Westcott
Annie Westcott 
2002 Shamwari
Julie Elliot
2003 Boomorang
Pat Nolan
2004 Boomorang 2005 Mistress Quickly
Kerry Klei
n
2008 Boomorang
Pat Nolan
2007 Boomorang
Pat Nolan
2008 2009 Latitude 19
Clair Burke
2010 Rushin' Rowlette
Becky Rowlette
2011 Bonne Chance 2012 2013 2014 Boomorang
Meg Randall
2015 Rushin' Rowlette
Victoria Rowlette
& Charlotte Matthews
2016 Rushin' Rowlette
Charlotte Matthews
Victoria Rowlette &
Anya Reshetiloff



2016 Willy T Virgin's Cup

The 2016 Willy T Virgin's Cup took place on 15 October.  Starting from Nanny Cay the fleet raced up to Road Town and then back across the Channel to the Willy T taking in other islands on the way.

Rushin' Rowlette, helmed by Charlotte Matthews, Victoria Rowlette and Anya Reshetiloff defended their title in the racing division with Judy Petz steering Girasoli to win Performance Cruising and Karen Fletcher's Gypsea winning the Cruising honours.

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