THIS year marks the 30th anniversary of Fiji Regatta Week, an annual event that has continued to gain popularity over the years.
Musket Cove Resort and Marina is the venue of this gala event and this year promises to be an exciting event, not only for the yachties but the country as well.
Sophie Daveta of the Musket Cove Yacht Club said this year's event would be a tribute to Dick Smith, one of the pioneers of the resort and the tourism industry.
"Part of his vision was developing the resort & marina to be a hub for the international yachting community visiting Fiji and the Pacific," Daveta said.
"This contributed in a major way to the development and growth of Fiji's yachting sector and the development of other marinas around the country."
Daveta said one of Smith's innovations was to start the Musket Cove Blue Water Yacht Club in the 1980s.
"Membership required arrival across an ocean on a yacht as captain or crew and is for life. Membership is a staggering 16,033 today.
"Regatta participants hail from international ports from as far as the UK, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, USA, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, the Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands as well as Fiji.
"Around 25 yachts are returning participants and there will also be at least six local boats actively competing in the fun from the Royal Suva Yacht Club this year.
"The Gulf Harbour Marina (NZ) is a short fun race followed by games on the beach, and then for the Fiji Water-sponsored Round Malolo Classic race, the yachties get more serious.
"The Pirate's Day Race is a themed fun day with lunch on shore at Beachcomber Island and small boat racing will be represented with hobie Cat racing over several days."
The regatta kicks off on September 13 with the usual fanfare with about 80 participants from around the world.