It's warm and windy here in the BVI and less than 45 days to go before we head off for Highland Spring HIHO 2007, the World's Greatest Windsurfing & Sailing Adventure.
This year's event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. In this newsletter we'll update those planning to attend, and tempt those that have put off attending for another year.
Necker Island Lunch Stop! There are two ways to visit the private island hideaway of Virgin mogul Richard Branson...
Either shell out the $40,000 or so it costs to stay there for a night, or be a part of this year's Highland Spring HIHO event.
We leave the startlingly white, sandy shores of Anegada on July 5th, and make for the reef protected windward beach on Necker Island. On arrival a refreshing dip in the island's gargantuan swimming pool will be followed by a sumptuous lunch.
By mid-afternoon the yachts will weigh anchor for the sail down to Trellis Bay and the event's famous Pirate Party hosted by the Last Resort.
Note that the race director reserves the right to run an Open Class race from Anegada to Necker Island.
Fun for Everyone The Bitter End Yacht Club is our destination for the opening two days of the event. Participants will have use of the resort's impressive water sports fleet at no charge. Rock up to the water sports desk and sign out a Hobie Wave, kayak or Boston Whaler dinghy.
Dylan Price will be heading up the kids' camp. Dylan, a multiple Highland Spring HIHO veteran, will offer a number of activities each day including snorkeling, kite flying, a treasure hunt and craft activities. We're also planning to have a number of BIC O'Pen dinghies on hand for kids' racing. Go to www.openbic.com for more info on the BIC O'Pen.
Winning Class The Techno 2 class proved to be exceptionally popular this year. It is sold out with 51 registered racers to date with more local entrants anticipated.
Expect stiff competition from Team Martinique racers along with the Royal Navy windsurfing team. Never rule out local racers either like the BVI Anderson clan, or Jean-Marc Peyronnet from St Maarten. "Interest in the Techno 2 class has been phenomenal," says event organizer," Andy Morrell. "In fact, we already have racers registered for next year's event!" Neil Pryde Carry on enjoying your Highland Spring HIHO rig with our exclusive post-event discount offer. Following the event you can select all the gear you want and we'll box it up and ship it via Miami to your US address within 30-days of the event. Check out the pricing here. Simply complete the form and send it back to us. While you'll pay Ocean Promotions for the gear and the delivery cost, Adventure Sports, the US Neil Pryde Importer, will be responsible for shipping it to you.
Patch up for the Pirate Party This is always a highlight and a chance for you to forget your table manners and become one of the Pirates of The Last Resort!
HIHOers are reminded that it's considered de rigueur to wear a pirate outfit. The Last Resort's Ben Bamford has planned a feast fit for the hungriest of buccaneers and, as usual, the evening's entertainment is courtesy of the singing chef Al Broderick.
Planning Ahead... Next year's event dates are June 28-July 5, 2008.