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Musket Cove Fiji Regatta boosts nautical tourism

Musket Cove Fiji Regatta boosts nautical tourism
Tourism Fiji
February 14
11:00 2018

Nautical tourism remains an integral part of Fiji’s tourism industry.

Over the last 30 years, of nautical tourism including charter, marina and cruise, have shown high growth rates.

This year’s cruising and racing yachts across the South Pacific are setting a course to the 35th annual Musket Cove Fiji Regatta.

Event organisers say the cruising and racing sailors from around the Pacific and beyond, along with their families and friends, are already making plans to be part of the region’s ultimate sailing event, the famous Musket Cove Fiji Regatta.

The celebrated series is scheduled for September 7- 12 this year at the famous Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina, an idyllic tropical destination located on Malolo Lailai Island, amid the beautiful Mamanuca Islands west of  Nadi.

Regatta’s co-ordinator, Jack Hargraves said: “For more than three decades Musket Cove Fiji Regatta has been famous for its traditional, warm hospitality, excellent racing and a fun factor that remains on high from start to finish.”

“This year will be no different: sail by day and party by night,” he said.

Will Moffat, an experienced yachtie said the early interest in the regatta indicated that last year’s record fleet of 105 yachts may be topped this year.

For the sailors, the signature event at Musket Cove Fiji Regatta is the 20-nautical mile Round MaloloLailai Race, which starts and finishes  off  Musket  Cove Resort.

The onshore the party agenda includes the fancy dress Pirates’ Day, the Musket Island Rum Run and the ever exciting off-the-beach Hobie Cat round robin.

“Party Central” for all participants post-racing will be based around Musket Cove Yacht Club’s unique open-air Island Bar, where great island music will get things moving.

“The majority of competing yachts lie at anchor just off the resort; however some berths at the island marina and set moorings are available. It is suggested that owners wanting to secure a marina berth or mooring should book early,” Mr Moffat added.

Landlubbers can also join in the fun of Musket Cove Fiji Regatta as the resort offers special accommodation packages so visitors to the island can be part of the exciting atmosphere.

Musket Cove Fiji Regatta is famous for its traditional, warm hospitality, excellent racing and a “Fun Factor” that remains on “high” from start to finish.

For the sailors, the signature event on the water is the 20 nautical Round Malolo Lailai race which starts and finishes adjacent to Musket Cove Resort.



The warm welcome for cruising yachts dates back to Musket Cove’s founder the late Dick Smith, a yachtie himself.

The regatta was born in 1984, since then it has been unbroken to date.

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