Editorial Staff
5 months ago

Editorial Staff
5 months ago

Antigua Sailing Week spins into 55

Antigua Sailing Week is a highly esteemed regatta on the Caribbean circuit that attracts sailors from all over the world.

This long-running international competition brings together fiercely competitive sailors from various regions and backgrounds for five days of racing in warm waters, big waves, and perfect trade winds.

The 2024 edition of Antigua Sailing Week will mark its 55th anniversary, and it welcomes a wide range of racing classes, including state-of-the-art machines across multiple CSA classes, multihulls, cruisers, racer-cruisers, pocket rockets, and bareboats, especially charters.

Antigua Sailing Week is not just a race; it’s an opportunity to experience Antigua’s rich culture and stunning natural beauty.

With the Race, Chase, Celebrate mantra, spectators both local and from overseas can be part of the action on the sea, the island, or from the air.

The regatta’s inclusive nature is evident as all classes of boats and sailors are welcome to participate. The organizers remain focused on giving Antiguan youths a launch pad into their sailing careers and showcasing women in the sport to inspire more to enter and remain in it.

The packed schedule at Antigua Sailing Week starts on Friday 26 April with the first day of the Antigua Wingfoil Championship.

Rivalry between high-performance monohulls and multihulls starts on Saturday 27 April with the stand-alone Peters & May Round Antigua Race. The five-day series for Antigua Sailing Week starts on Sunday 28 April, with the Final Prize Giving Party on Friday 3 May.

The organizers are continuously working to improve the racing experience. In 2024, they plan on taking it to another level with One-Design.

RS Elites were a trial effort last year, but they are going all out to organize One-Design with the Elites, the invitational Dragon Class, and the Wingfoils.

They have a diverse range of classes, from Maxis and racing Multihulls to Sportboats and Bareboats. Their aim is to deliver awesome racing, tailored to each class, so that it’s safe, competitive, and fun.

Notwithstanding the recent fire devastation at the AYC Marina, the Antigua Yacht Club continues to be the heart of Antigua Sailing Week.

The venue of the Antigua Yacht Club will again host the committee desk, registration, daily prizegivings and function as regatta central. Each afternoon, the best crews from each class can look forward to rocking up to the Antigua Yacht Club stage to their theme songs to celebrate their achievements.

The afternoons are open to family and friends as a meeting place to exchange stories of the day’s activities while having drinks and meals from the various options on hand. The fun doesn’t stop after racing at Antigua Sailing Week, and celebrations continue with a highly anticipated mid-week concert – Reggae in the Park, followed by the fun-filled beach activities of Lay Day.

Antigua Sailing Week is a Certified Clean Regatta that has operated the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas program since 2013.

The organizers are proud of their seven-year streak with S4S and will continue to take every step possible to ensure that the regatta and everyone involved work in a way that’s sustainable and minimizes impact on the environment.

New to Antigua Sailing Week 2024 will be a shuttle service between Falmouth Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard.

The organizers identified the need to provide a scheduled shuttle service from Nelson’s Dockyard, allowing participants to complete the registration process and get to the afternoon prize-givings promptly and comfortably.

Antigua’s central location makes it the perfect shipping out lift-off point for boats with Peters & May special rates.

Airline partner Virgin Atlantic offers direct flights to London with competitor discounts.

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