An all-LGBT sailing team has entered the British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta, possibly the first time that’s been done in the regatta.
The team is organized by Trekr Racing. The crew features men and women, transgender and cisgender, black and white, representing various corners of the LGBT community. The project is the result of a partnership between Trekr Adventures and the Moorings yacht charters.
“When we started Trekr, we were shocked at how many friends wanted to get involved in sailing but didn’t know how,” said Josh Seefried, co-founder and CEO of Trekr Adventures.
Organizers are not aware of a previous all-LGBT crew, particularly one that encompassed at least the L, G and T, but with such a long history — the regatta dates back to 1972 — there’s no way to be sure.
The regatta is held March 27 to April 2 in, you guessed it, the British Virgin Islands. It will feature 150 yachts in 18 classes and is one of the most heralded regattas in the Caribbean.
"The very nature of sailing is one that encompasses people from around the world and from every lifestyle,” said Judy Pete, director of the regatta, as she offered praise for the all-LGBT crew and “introducing or expanding the opportunity for everyone to go sailing.”