Oyster Regatta: Everything You Need To Know
There is no doubt about it. People across the globe enjoy recreational boating. In America alone, 11.87 million recreational boats
were registered to private owners in 2015. In the same year, 87.3 million adults
participated in recreational boating, representing more than 27 percent of the country’s total population
. With more than 24,440 businesses
offering services to recreational boaters in the United States, the total retail volume generated by the recreational boating industry reached $35.4 billion in 2015
. In 2013, Americans spent more than $7.5 billion
on new recreational boats.
As is the case in many parts of the world, recreational boating is largely a social activity in the United States, with more than 61 percent of American boaters
being accompanied by friends during their time on the water. For centuries, one of the best ways to spend time with friends and family members on the water has been participating in a regatta.
What Is a Regatta?
A regatta is a fun, competitive event that involves more than a series of boat races that take place over several days. A typical regatta also includes social and promotional events designed with the event’s attendees’ interests in mind. Regattas are normally amateur competitions in which a certain type of boat competes against other vessels in the same class. While traditional regattas pit either rowed or sailed vessels against others powered by the same means, some powerboat competitions are also considered regattas. Unless a given regatta is a championship competition for a particular class of watercraft, a regatta is usually named after the town that hosts the event.
Some of the world’s oldest sailing regattas began in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the late 1700s and early 1800s, including the following events:
- 1775: Cumberland Cup, hosted by Royal Thames Yacht Club, UK
- 1777: Lough Ree Regatta, hosted by Athlone Yacht Club, Ireland
- 1822: Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, Dartmouth, UK
- 1823: Port of Plymouth Regatta, Plymouth, UK
- 1826: Cowes Week, Isle of Wight, UK
- 1828: Kingstown Regatta, now known as the Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Since it was founded more than 40 years ago, Oyster has crafted more than 1,000 yachts
, with over 350 of them
built in partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design over the past two decades. Oyster’s talented team of designers labors to create yachts with the perfect blend of hand-crafted furniture, technology and luxurious comfort features to provide you with a comfortable, reliable home away from home.
From the moment you contact Oyster about crafting your dream boat, you’ll work with a dedicated project manager who will guide you through all of the decisions necessary to create your floating oasis. In other words, when you work with Oyster, you establish relationships with people committed to giving you as much enjoyment from your vessel as possible.
With that in mind, Oyster has been organizing regattas for its clients, old and new, for years. Oyster regattas are renowned for being well organized, fun gatherings of Oyster and recreational boating enthusiasts. Family-friendly events, Oyster regattas are held in some of the most attractive, lavish locations in the world at various points of the year.
Oyster’s calendar of regattas includes the following annual events:
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta Sardinia
Oyster regattas are primary organized for Oyster yachts built during or after the early 1980s that have the Oyster Deck Saloon. If your yacht doesn’t meet certain criteria, you’re still welcome to participate, but you may have to compete with a handicap. A slight handicap won’t dampen the fun you’ll have at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Sardinia or any of the other Oyster regattas.
Hosted by the prestigious Yacht Club of Costa Smeralda, Oyster’s Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta is headquartered in the quaint village of Porto Cervo. The Yacht Club of Costa Smeralda’s clubhouse overlooks the Piazza Azzurra and provides breathtaking views of the harbor, which are particularly striking as the sun sets over the Mediterranean.
If you’re going to attend this Oyster regatta next June, you’ll can choose your accommodations from among various five-star, luxurious properties. Every room at L’Ea Bianca Luxury Resort has a glorious view of the Mediterranean Sea that will be hard to leave behind. Every room at the resort has its own original décor and a private balcony. The bathrooms have a whirlpool tub with chromotherapy attributes.
When you’re ready for a meal you won’t forget, visit Pescatore Restaurant. The eatery is popular with locals and tourists alike. Its seafront location provides spectacular views and the restaurant’s two menus give you the chance to try traditional regional fare, modern Mediterranean food or both. Known for its outstanding seafood dishes, the Pescatore Restaurant has been in business longer than Porto Cervo’s port has existed.
Oyster Regatta Palma
If you’ve attended an Oyster reef regatta, but haven’t been to one in a bay, we encourage you to attend the Oyster Palma Regatta at the beginning of October. This Oyster bay regatta is anchored in the Palma Bay and, like other Oyster regattas, it includes four days of exciting race activity. Like other Oyster regattas, you don’t need to participate in a race to join in the fun. All you have to do is own an Oyster yacht and your family, friends and crewmembers can participate in the fun social activities Oyster has planned throughout the six-day annual event.
Offering plenty of fair winds and smooth sailing, Palma de Mallorca, Spain provides an ideal backdrop for the races that take place during the Oyster Regatta Palma. If you’re going to the Palma Regatta, you’ll enjoy your stay in any of the city’s five-star hotels. If you’re interested in a property that has the intimate feel of a bed and breakfast while offering the modern amenities found in big city hotels, you may want to consider a stay at the boutique property, the Can Cera.
The Can Cera is a luxury hotel with 14 individually decorated rooms, which offer free WiFi and wired Internet service. You can relax in a deep soaking tub or stretch out on Egyptian sheets that feel like they were made just for you. You can enjoy a drink on the hotel’s rooftop terrace and then take a ten-minute stroll to the Basilica of St. Francis and the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma. The Can Cera is located just 2.2 miles away from the popular attraction, Belver Castle.
According to many people who’ve attended the Palma Regatta in the past, the Mallorcan capital is the home of some of the very best restaurants in all of the Balearics. If you can’t get enough of traditional Mallorcan food, you might want to grab a three-course meal at Celler Sa Premsa. The restaurant’s menu includes specialty dishes such as conill amb ceba (roasted rabbit with onions) and tumbet (aubergine, potato, and red pepper slices). If you’re in the mood to visit a hip bistro bar, visit Quina Creu. For American fare, you can enjoy the city’s best burger at one of Diner Palma’s two locations, both of which are often crowded with locals.
Oyster Regatta Grenada
If you want to enjoy some time on remarkable beaches and beautiful seas, make plans to attend the Oyster Caribbean Regatta in Grenada in April. The races that are held during this thrilling regatta take place just outside of the Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. Given the closeness of Grenada’s western coastline to this location, competitors often have to contend with gusting winds that shift frequently, which make it challenging and even more fun to compete. Port Louis Marina is located in a breathtaking lagoon close to the capital of St. George, and it’s the ideal launching point for anyone interested in cruising the coastline of the “Spice Island” and the Grenadines.
If you want to fully enjoy Grenada’s beaches, stay at a hotel that is literally located on one of them. One such property is the highly regarded Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa. This welcoming property is tucked on the beach just 0.1 miles from Prickly Bay Beach and only 1.7 miles from Grand Anse Beach. Morne Rouge Beach and Excel Plaza are also within walking distance at just two miles away. If you book a stay at this popular 30-room hotel, you’ll enjoy your own private balcony or patio and 24-hour room service. When you’ve had enough of the beach, as if that’s possible, you can enjoy being pampered in the hotel’s relaxing, full-service spa or you can have a tasty meal in one of the property’s two restaurants.
If you want to venture away from your hotel, consider enjoying some local or international fare at Revo’s Grill & Bar or Grooms Beach Restaurant & Bar, which sits poolside. Other popular dining choices you might want to try during the Oyster Regatta Grenada include BB’s Crabback, Rhodes Restaurant at Calabash, and the Umbrellas Beach Bar.
Oyster Regatta Antigua
Not to be confused with the Oyster Superyacht Challenge Antigua, the Oyster Regatta Antigua takes place in April every year. Oyster yachts displaying the flags of Germany, Ireland, Russia, America and the United Kingdom are common sights at this gathering of Oyster and recreational boating enthusiasts. All of the racing action begins and ends at Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour during this six-day, fun-filled event.
If you’re going to attend the Oyster Regatta Antigua, you may want to think about staying at the Admiral’s Inn and Gunpowder Suites. The Admiral’s Inn and Gunpowder Suites is composed of four historic buildings that date back to the 18th
century. The main building has a large terrace that overlooks the water and anchored yachts. The property’s main building is a three-story structure built in the distinctive Georgian architectural style. The boutique property has 23 rooms and suites, a spa, lush gardens, a private beach, two restaurants and a beautifully designed infinity pool. Located in an exclusive section of Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour, the hotel is just a five-minute, free shuttle boat ride away from the outer harbor’s swimming beach.
If you want to enjoy a meal in a truly intimate setting, you won’t have to leave your hotel. You can simply head to the inn’s Pillars Restaurant. This waterfront, open-air restaurant uses locally grown fruits and vegetables along with locally sourced fish to make unforgettable meals you’ll want to feast on over and over again. If you want to leave your inn’s property to try some local fare, consider visiting Boom at Gunpowder House in Nelson’s Dockyard. At lunch, the eatery offers a nice selection of fresh, healthy options, including scrumptious seafood dishes. If you plan to enjoy some of the local nightlife, you’ll want to visit the Abracadabra Restaurant & Disco Bar in English Harbour.
Oyster British Virgin Islands Regatta
The Oyster BVI Regatta occurs in April and uses the Nanny Cay Marina located on the south side of Tortola as its home base. Yachts participating in races during this event are divided into two competitive classes before the excitement begins. From family-only participants to yachts with blended crews, this regatta includes boating events for people of every skill level.
Once you lay anchor in the Nanny Cay Marina, you won’t have to go far to find a place to stay that has amazing views because the marina has a 40-room hotel situated in a tropical garden. The hotel has three different types of accommodations and you can choose the kind of room you’ll be most comfortable in. No matter what kind of room you choose, you’ll enjoy gorgeous views of the marina or the property’s tropical gardens from your balcony or patio. You’ll also enjoy the time you spend relaxing at the hotel’s fresh water pool, which provides an unforgettable view of Sir Francis Drake Channel.
If you’re interested in trying some delicious food early in the morning during your visit to the British Virgin Islands, you may want to have a breakfast or two at the Genaker Café. The Genaker is open for lunch and offers happy hour specials during the evenings as well. Overlooking Sir Francis Drake Channel, Peg Legs Restaurant is normally filled with an eclectic mix of diners who always make new guests feel like old friends. This popular eatery offers succulent fresh catch of the day specials every evening. The Beach Bar opens at 10am every day of the week, and it’s also a favorite among locals and tourists. The venue offers delicious food that includes a tasty tuna wrap served with wasabi, chef slider combos, rotis and pizza.
Why Quintessentially People?
Whether you already know which Oyster Regatta you’re going to attend or you’re still deciding which one you want to go to, Quintessentially People can help you hire a crew that will not only get you to your destination, but one that will augment the amount of fun you’ll have at your next regatta as well. We offer worldwide staffing services, and we have a stable of highly trained, experienced seafaring professionals in our generous pool of talented professionals.
As the owner of a recreational boat, you may have to fill a few positions to ensure your watercraft is well maintained and operated properly. The right crew will help ensure your boat has the look and comfortable, welcoming feel that every home away from home should have as well. We can help you find the right candidates for the following positions and more:
When you hire through us, you enjoy the peace of mind that only comes from knowing your crew has been thoroughly vetted and fully screened. You’ll also enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing that if one of our candidates leaves a position within 12 weeks of being hired by you, we will find another candidate to fill the position at no charge. With offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Cannes, and Palma, Quintessentially People can help you find crewmembers you can trust no matter where you’re located in the world.
The right staff — a crew that admires and respects your yacht a much as you do — can increase the amount of enjoyment you get from being on the water. Quintessentially People is ready to introduce you to experienced professionals who will help you get the most out of your vessel regardless of whether you’re heading to a regatta in a remote location or your yacht is jogging along the local coastline.
To learn more about our services and start getting the most out of your watercraft, contact Quintessentially People today.