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Tortola Annual Events
Sweethearts of the Carribean Annual Regatta (February) - The event is based at the "loyal" West End Yacht Club, and don't miss the after party at the Jolly Roger Restaurant, the event sponsor located in Tortola's West End.
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (end of March - early April) - A seven-day sailing event that includes cruises, smaller races, and the three-day main-event regatta. Sponsored by the Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola.
Spanish Town Fisherman's Jamboree (April) - The BVI's top angler's event is held in Spanish Town, capital of Virgin Gorda, and includes great food and entertainment as well as fishing. Held at the same time as Virgin Gorda's Easter Festival, featuring parades, calypso music, and funji bands.
BVI Music Festival (May) - The annual apex of the BVI music scene, the Music Festival includes reggae, calypso, funji, R&B, rock, dance, and jazz groups from across the regional and around the world. Held over a three-day weekend in May at Cane Garden Bay Beach on Tortola.
BVI Emancipation Festival (end of July - August) - Also known as the August Festival or the BVI Festival, this event marks the BVI's emancipation from slavery in 1834. Includes the annual freedom march, emancipation service, calypso monarch competition, boat races, and August Monday Parade. The cultural event of the year in the BVI and not to be missed.
Virgin's Cup (October) - A race in Francis Drake channel with the requirement that the helm is female! Racers and cruisers welcome, usually finishing at Norman Island.
Peg Legs Round Tortola Race (November) - Racers and Cruisers are welcome to join this event, over 40 years old now! Race anti-clockwise around Tortola and try to beat the round-island record! Party on the beach at Nanny Cay in the evening!
O'Neal Mundy Commodors Cup
- Tortola - Two short races in Francis Drake Channel, followed by the Club annual dinner and prize giving.
Fodor's - Tortola Overview
Once a sleepy backwater, Tortola is definitely busy these days, particularly when several cruise ships tie up at the Road Town dock. Passengers crowd the streets and shops, and open-air jitneys filled with cruise-ship passengers create bottlenecks on the island's byways. That said, most folks visit Tortola to relax on its deserted sands or linger over lunch at one of its many delightful restaurants. Beaches are never more than a few miles away, and the steep green hills that form Tortola's spine are fanned by gentle trade winds. The neighboring islands glimmer like emeralds in a sea of sapphire. It can be a world far removed from the hustle of modern life.