The Wooden Boat Regatta is held on Memorial Day weekend, and this year will be the 42nd Regatta for Foxy's and the West End Yacht Club.
Jost (pronounced yoast) Van Dyke is the quintessential barefoot Caribbean island paradise
Photo credit - Paradise Islands
It's quaint and unpretentious, however do not let the 3.4 sqaure mile size fool you. While Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the British Virgin Islands, it has the most lively night life in the BVI chain.
During the day beach lovers can kick back on the soft white sand, and snorkeling, scuba diving, kite boarding, windsurfing, or parasailing.
Photo Credit: BVI Property Yacht
Decades ago Foxy Callwood started the regatta to allow owners of wooden boats to have a race all to themselves, and this event has helped preserve the island tradition of building wooden boats.
A few years ago the rules were revised to allow some of the first fiberglass boats to compete, however the fiberglass boats have to be over 30 years old.
- Friday - The regatta action kicks off with a welcome party
- Saturday morning the competition begins with a race from Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Land activities include crab races, and live entertainment all night.
- Sunday morning there is a return race from Cane Garden Bay to Great Harbour, where a fashion show, BBQ and sushi feast is held at Foxy's restaurant. The Single Handed Race and the Log/Model Boat Race are held the following day, with prizes and awards distributed in the afternoon.
Foxy (Philiciano) Callwood is known as the unofficial mayor of Jost Van Dyke.
Located in Great Harbour, Foxy's bar sits partially hidden among the thick coconut palms at the bottom of the tallest hill on the island.
Foxy's is open Mon - Fri for lunch and daily for dinner, and the lunch menu includes rotis and burgers, while filet mignon and lobster are options for dinner. On Saturday you can enjoy “all you can eat” ribs, chicken and fish.
Foxy's is also known for wicked strong rum drinks. Ask for one of the specialty house drinks - either Sly Fox, Dread Fox, and be forewarned about drinking more than one Wrecked on the Rocks. All the rum drinks are made from Foxy's brand "Firewater Rum", and draft beers are from his own on-site microbrewery.
Did you know Jost Van Dyke is known as one of the top (3) places in the world to be at for New Year’s Eve?
Aside from a prime sailing stop and great local food, Foxy's hosts one of the Caribbean's best New Year's Eve parties which lasts for three days.
On that night, also known as Old Year’s night, this tiny island welcomes visitors from all over the globe - and you might even find a few celebrities. There's always plenty of food, lots of entertainment, and if you have too much "Firewater Rum" you are invited to crash on the beach.
More Unique Bars on Jost Van Dyke
- Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar - The bar operates on an honor system- mix your own drinks, keep your own tab and leave money in the jar when you leave.
- Soggy Dollar Bar - Located right on the beach, and home of the infamous "painkiller" cocktail - Named after the wet bills brought by patrons who swim ashore to the ba. The Painkiller is the unofficial drink of the British Virgin Islands. It's made from dark rum, pineapple and orange juice, Coco Lopez and fresh nutmeg.
- One Love Bar and Grill - Absolutely the best lobster rolls in the BVI! One Love Bar is run by Foxy's oldest son Seddy Callwood and wife Raquel.
- Corsair’s - Great little ramshackled place which serves tasty food - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Foxy's Taboo - In Diamond Cay offers more the fine-dining restaurant touch than Foxy's Tamarind Bay and Grill. The Taboo offers laid back dining experience with a sophisticated menu, extensive wine list, and awesome views of Tortola and White Bay.
Getting To Foxy’s
From Tortola, BVI
New Horizon Ferry offers ferry service from West End, Tortola to Jost Van Dyke 7 days per week.
From St Thomas & St John, USVI
Inter-Island Ferry Services offers ferry service from St. Thomas/St. John, USVI – Jost Van Dyke 6 days per week.
Water Taxi Service or Day Sail boats
If you are staying on St. John or St. Thomas, there are numerous day trips planned to the BVI, with Foxy’s as stops.