MUSKET Cove Island Resort and Marina is gearing up to once again host their 30th Fiji Annual Regatta Week that officially kicks off on September 13.
Fiji Regatta Week is internationally recognised as the original and the grand-daddy of all the South Pacific yachting events.
It attracts scores of boats of all types and sizes from all around the world year after year. It is a week of serious fun that has been crafted towards a good mix of events for everyone of all ages.
This year, however, the event will be extra special for the resort and for regular competitors. The yachting race has been especially dedicated to remembering the late Richard "Dick" Smith on its 30th year.
This internationally famous event was the creation of the late visionary Dick Smith. Smith, who was one of Fiji's tourism pioneers, developed Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina as Fiji's only fully integrated resort development at the time.
Part of Smith's vision was developing the resort and marina to be a hub for the international yachting community visiting Fiji and the Pacific.
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, as it gained international recognition.
"From my experience, Musket Cove is unique in its welcome to overseas cruising yachts. No other resort likes yachties as much they do," said Ken Larner, the owner of Silver Ruffian.
Another of Smith's innovations was to start the Musket Cove Bluewater 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.
Almost every yacht that has sailed through Fiji on their around the world journey has an alumni member.