Frank, who's previously owned an Ericson 39, a Baltic 42, and a C&C 40, is no stranger to the circuit, with countless regatta seasons in his Long Island home waters as well as a few Newport-Bermuda races under his belt. This was his first B.V.I. regatta, he told me, and he was enjoying every bit of it, including alternating helming duties with Val. "This is sailing in paradise. It's a great race, and there's great competition," he says. "It's better than Newport-Bermuda in that you can see your competition. Plus, I have my favorite female helmsman aboard." Boonatsa carried us smoothly over the finish line, and though we weren't about to set any records, Frank beamed. "I love it when everything goes right," he sighed. Once off Boonatsa, I left Nanny Cay and began another round of dock visits at the Sunsail Sailing Vacation base, located on the waterfront at Road Town, the territory's capital. There I literally stumbled upon sailing friends and colleagues from Newport, Rhode Island.