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Day 3 - 2013 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

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Day 3 - 2013 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. Photos by Leighton O'Connor. © 2013 All rights reserved. See more photos at: http://www.leightonphoto.com/Sailing-Regattas/2013-BVI-Spring-Regatta

Bruce on the job @t2p.tv @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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Little bit different weather for the @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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Today's ride. Thanks @tp2tv ! Sweet way to end my Caribbean jaunt. #bvisr13 @britishvirginis #bvi

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Tucker starting day with interview with @springregatta video sponsor David Edwards of Heron Financial Grp @tp2tv #bvisr13

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Up...Up & Away @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi #helicopters #sailing #regattas #nofilters

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In the air for Day 2 of the 2013 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

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Day 1 - 2013 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. Photos by Leighton O'Connor. © 2013 All rights reserved. See more photos at: http://www.leightonphoto.com/Sailing-Regattas/2013-BVI-Spring-Regatta

Little bit different weather this morn @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi #helicopters

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My ride for a few minutes this morn @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi #helicopters

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Day 1 - 2013 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

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Day 1 - 2013 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. Photos by Leighton O'Connor. © 2013 All rights reserved. See more photos at: http://www.leightonphoto.com/Sailing-Regattas/2013-BVI-Spring-Regatta

This is now with my #iphone Don rocks as a driver! @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi #nofilters

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Time to go racing! @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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Today's ride with the "Coach" on broad to keep me out of trouble. @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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BVI Spring Regatta Island Invitational Race to Norman Island

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Published in Scuttlebutt March 28, 2013

Scuttlebutt correspondent Leighton O'Connor has been on the Caribbean race circuit, leaving home base in Massachusetts for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, International Rolex Regatta (USVI), and this week he is at the BVI Spring Regatta &; Sailing Festival.

 Today was a layday between the 'festival' and 'regatta', which we suspect means nothing with regard to sun, fun, and beverages. Here is Leighton's latest report and video... proceed with caution:

I called it right again. On Wednesday morning I got aboard the 80 year classic yacht The Blue Peter for the final event of the Festival, the Caribbean Insurer Island Invitational to Norman Island from Nanny Cay. I know, all work and no play. Designed by Alfred Mylne and built by W. King & Sons of Burnham-on-Crouch in 1930, she was named The Blue Peter for luck, after the 'P' flag. It worked as The Blue Peter won over 50 races in and around the south coast o…

Who has jumped here?

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Just having some fun with a GoPro. Nobody did any Jello shots off me. I didn't get a tattoo but I did jump.  I think want to go back later in the day for dancing.

Video by jumper Leighton O'Connor:  http://www.leightonoconnor.com

Sail prep & dog walk @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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Sailing with Painkiller Racing for the 2013 BVI Round Tortola Race

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Painkillers And Cheeseburgers
By Leighton O'Connor

When I got to Nanny Cay on Monday for the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival (Mar 25-31), I met up with Trish Jenkins, the press officer for the regatta. I wanted to see what boats I could get on for the next few days of racing to do some on board videos and stories. Trish had a list of about half dozen skippers who were cool with having a media person on board.

I ran through the list with Trish and somebody in the media center chimed in and said Alice Martin, the skipper of the Painkiller Racing, is an interesting character and has done a ton of racing around the world. Alice and her husband are members of the Chicago and Columbia Yacht Clubs, has brought her Sydney 38 to Key West for Race Week, has chartered boats in Key West and Antigua for race week, has done many years of Macs and NOODS, and even chartered a boat for the 2011 ORC Championship in Croatia.

Trish and I tracked down Alice and her crew on the beach having a few…

The Blue Peter crew...winners of the Invitational Pursuit Race to Norman Island Congrats! @thebluepeter @springregatta festival @britushvirginis #bvi #bvisr13

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On board The Blue Peter who just took 1st for Invitational Pursuit Race to Norman Island @thebluepeter @springregatta festival @britushvirginis #bvi #bvisr13

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Matt is passing boats port & starboard @thebluepeter @springregatta @britushvirginis #bvi #bvisr13

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Owner/skipper Matt Barker @thebluepeter catching the fleet @springregatta festival @britushvirginis #bvi #bvisr13

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My ride today for Island Invitational Pursuit Race to Norman Island on The Blue Peter @thebluepeter @springregatta festival @britushvirginis #bvi #bvisr13

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This is now. On the rail. #nofilters #iphone @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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The legend on board calling tactics around Tortola. Mr. Hot Pepper @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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CYC Painkillers Team - It's going to be a very interesting video & report for @scuttbutt Watch for it Thurs PM @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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Ahhhhh....Nice day for a sail around Tortola. Nanny Cay Cup @springregatta @britishvirginis #bvi #bvisr13 #ilovethebvi

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