St Croix, St Thomas and St John are open for business as the Caribbean regatta season gets underway.

493 boats and more than 2,500 sailors have taken part in Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek since its inception in 2004 and as the organisers look to the event's 15th year the signs are good.

A desire by Heather Francis to visit a wild and savage land is eclipsed by so much more.

The event features an inter-island route around the spectacular and diverse Sous-le-Vent islands providing participants with a different destination each evening.

Homed at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the regatta has morphed from its humble roots into one of the largest sailing events in Asia today.

Taking a collective marketing approach to target international superyachts, four marinas are working together to promote one simple message – the Great Barrier Reef is the best cruising ground in the world.

Close to 1000 competitors are expected, aboard a plethora of sailing craft – from large racing, cruising and sports yachts, to junior dinghies and Sailability vessels.

Scheduled for 27th April to 1st May, 2018 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand, the NOR allows for up to 12 classes.

The Hong Kong Stopover from January 17 to 31 features a Race Village and Race Festival right on the shoreline of Victoria Harbour with Hong Kong’s iconic cityscape providing a dazzling backdrop.

As well as all the sailing action there will be a feast of family entertainment day and night keeping Geelong’s waterfront buzzing, including the spectacular Australia Day fireworks.

The marina and it's tenant operators won 10 of the 14 Whitsunday awards.

A cruise south to Kawau for social activities, then a race back to Auckland is on the agenda.

The event will be a two-week celebration of exciting regional events and activities from January 13 to 29 showcasing the beauty of the Whitsundays and welcoming the Clipper fleet.

The free Community Welcome Event will be held on the Airlie Beach foreshore and everyone is welcome to come along.

"We are determined that in six months time, the 47th BVI Spring Regatta will go ahead. It might look a little different, but we'll still be putting on a great regatta."