Sailors gear up

Participants arriving for the Fiji Regatta Race at Musket Cove Resort. Picture: SUPPLIED

IT is that time of the year again as more than 80 participants from around the globe berth at Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina in the Mamanuca Group to participate in the week-long 35th Fiji Regatta Week.

The annual event has attracted thousands of visitors from around the globe since its inception 35 years ago.

Of the 82 participants who arrived at the resort, about 72 have registered for the event with more expected to register soon.

The resort hosted 105 yachts and company director Will Moffat said early interest in the regatta indicated that last year’s record fleet of 105 yachts was likely to increase.

He said cruising yachts from around the Pacific and beyond had sailed into Fiji.

“Many are cruising the North, Lau and the Yasawa Islands while others have already secured their spaces at Musket. “This year is shaping up to be another great sailing season with one of the pinnacles will be the 35th staging of this celebrated series, scheduled for September 7-12.

“It will be sailed out of the famous Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina, on Malolo Lailai Island, amid the beautiful Mamanuca Islands. “For the first-timers, you may want to stay longer. Muskets Marina offers excellent facilities, berths, deep water moorings, Laundromat, general store for provisions and access to the resorts restaurants and facilities.”

Last year’s Round Malolo Race defending champion catamaran division- Kotuku from the United States will be out to defend its title likewise for the mono haul division champion- Enso of the United Kingdom.

The race starts with a Pirate Race on Monday, September 10.

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