Durley Dene, a Bavaria 36 in the Horizon Yacht Charters fleet in the BVI, won its class with five wins in the 40th anniversary BVI Spring Regatta which took place April 1 - 3. Durley Dene, crewed by staff, family and friends of Horizon Yacht Charters and the smallest yacht in her class, won each race by minutes not seconds, beating other yachts up to seven feet larger.
Sailing in big seas and winds for the first two days of racing, Durley Dene performed so strongly that on corrected time she would have won three races in Bareboat A with yachts in the 47 to 55 foot range including Beneteau 50.5s, Sunsail Jeanneau 53s and Moorings 54.5s. Durley Dene is no stranger to victory having racked up 19 victories in 20 races spread over this BVI Spring Regatta and three Antigua Sailing Weeks in 2004 and 2005 and 2006; a second place in one race during the 2005 Antigua Sailing Week marred the almost perfect score, when she was becalmed. This was Durley Dene’s first regatta outing since 2006 and she has been working hard in the Horizon charter fleet since then.
Commenting on the victory, Andrew Thompson, director of Horizon Yacht Charters and Durley Dene’s skipper said: “She’s a great boat and it was fun to race her again. We had 15-22 knots and big seas round the islands on the first two days and we had light winds on the last day; she performed well throughout. It is about as much fun as one can have, to be the only Bavaria from Horizon in a fleet of Beneteaus and Jeanneaus from Moorings and Sunsail, and trump them all.”
Established in 1998, Horizon Yacht Charters has an extensive fleet of yachts – catamarans and monohulls - throughout the Caribbean with bases in Antigua & St Martin, Grenada and in the British Virgin Islands.
Horizon Yacht Charters is the importer, distributor and dealer for Bavaria Yachts in the Caribbean. Horizon maintains more than fifty Bavarias in a fleet of 100 charter yachts across its bases in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada and St Maarten. The company has built its fleet and reputation on delivering immaculate yachts, exemplary customer service and excellent value for money.
Horizon Yacht Charters, Annapolis, will be opening a Chesapeake charter operation in June 2011 with a fleet comprising the Bavaria 32, 36 and 45 from the 2011 Cruiser range.
Horizon is also the authorized Caribbean dealer for Fountaine Pajot catamarans. For details on all the Horizon Yacht Charters bases in the Caribbean visit: http://www.horizonyachtcharters.com