Bonaire’s Annual Sailing Regatta

Bonaire’s Sailing Regatta

The 2017 Regatta Festival marks the 50th year of events!

The 2017 Regatta Festival marks the 50th year of events!

For 50 years, Bonaire has continued to celebrate its sailing tradition by hosting the International Sailing Regatta, held each year in October. Sailors in all classes come to the island to race each other in various venues with even a category for 5- to 10-year old sailors. This age bracket competes in small craft and windsurfing events.

Festivities include parties, music, eating, and drinking.

There are parties, races and dancing, as well as music, food, and drink. The entire island takes on a festive atmosphere and visitors from all over the world are welcome to participate as crew or spectators.  It’s a wonderful way to spend a day, or two, or three, on the beach with family and friends.

 

The sailing races.

 

The sailing races are held in between the main island and Klein Bonaire or on the north side of Klein Bonaire. For most of the sea-going sailing yachts, there will be two shorter courses in the morning and a longer race in the afternoon. For small categories like the Optimist and Sunfish, there will be races in between the islands.