Wagner Sailing Rally 2015

 

The Wagner Sailing Rally 2015 was held in February and was the second edition of a commemorative celebration of the life of Polish sailor, Wladek Wagner (1912 – 1992) and his significant ties to the British Virgin Islands.

Broadsword was approached by the Polish organizers to serve as the on-the-ground event coordinator and manager of all the local aspects of the programme.

Bellamy Cay and Trellis Bay were home base for the Wagner family where Wladek, his wife Mabel and a work force from the Long Look/East End laid the foundations and built the stone buildings that currently house local businesses. The weekend-long event was a cross-cultural party and the connection of the Wagners to the districts of East End/Long Look was at the center of the activities.

The importance of the history garnered the support of the Offices of the Governor and the Premier as well as the Representative of the 8th District. Broadsword was responsible for enlisting the participation of the territory’s leaders as well as driving the participation of the Department of Culture, the BVI Tourist Board and The Royal BVI Yacht Club and coordinating the businesses on Trellis Bay and Bellamy Cay and the VI Maritime Museum. The final result was a memorable three-day party with some 400 visiting Polish sailors and local residents.

In addition to coordinating the participation of the local elements of the programme, Broadsword solicited sponsorship for the event and undertook the local promotion and publicity of activities to media and the targeted audience of the 7th and 8th District. The weekend’s activities which included opening and closing ceremonies and a friendship party on Saturday night were televised locally.