Now the largest warm-water sailboat race in the world, Antigua Sailing Week began modestly in 1967 when the local charter-boat skippers and hoteliers organized the late-April regatta as a wrap-up of the tourist season and to extend their booking season at least one more week. The general idea was to race from one beach resort to another, anchor the boats, throw a huge party and then do it all again the next day. more...
Now the largest warm-water sailboat race in the world, Antigua Sailing Week began modestly in 1967 when the local charter-boat skippers and hoteliers organized the late-April regatta as a wrap-up of the tourist season and to extend their booking season at least one more week. The general idea was to race from one beach resort to another, anchor the boats, throw a huge party and then do it all again the next day.
Antigua, a former British colony is well known for plentiful beaches. The sailing grounds around the island are considered to be some of the best in the world. The heart-shaped island boast abundant harbors, bays, coves, and barrier reefs. Vegetation is mainly grass and scrub. In Antigua's capital, St. John's, you can visit two 19th century cathedrals, St. John's Cathedral and St. Peter's Church, and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, a beautiful flat coral island of just 68 square miles that that lies approximately 30 miles north of Antigua. The ruins from about a hundred stone windmills serve as a reminder of Antigua's history as a major sugar producer. The oldest major plantation, Betty's Hope, features two restored windmills and a museum dedicated to the sugar industry.
Antigua Sailing Week has evolved from a regatta for local yachtsmen to an international event that spans six days (and more if you include the pre-event activities). Antigua Sailing Week attracts an average of 200 yachts, over 1500 participants, 5000 spectators and some of the biggest, fastest and most impressive sailing yachts in the world packed with Olympic, America's Cup and round the world sailors. Many sailing aficionados consider the Antigua Sailing Week to be one of the top five regattas in the world and when you see the action up close you will find it hard to disagree.
Antigua Sailing Week has a reputation not only for excellent racing, but also for some excellent shore side parties in some of the most historically and beautiful locations in the Caribbean.
Nelson’s Dockyard that serves English Harbour, the former 18th-century headquarters for the British fleet, will be the heart of the party with the 'Beer Tent’ open for business daily after racing and well into the evening. This will be the main place for all to meet new friends and enjoy live entertainment. Here you also can update yourself on the days' results and action via great photography and videos presentations. There is also the possibility to visit other island locations like forts, beaches and marinas where you can enjoy culture, excellent bands, superb food and of course plenty of drinks.
Sailing Week is the sailing equivalent of holding a tennis grand slam in the Caribbean where recreational sailors can compete against the stars. It takes you from historic Nelson's Dockyard to Dickenson Bay and back. Sailing in the sheltered waters of the Caribbean and the big rollers of the Atlantic, Sailing Week should be included on every sailor's "must-do" list.
PROVISIONAL PROGRAM OF EVENTS
The Antigua Sailing Week regatta starts on the Sunday, April 24th, 2011. The following six days will see some impressive yacht racing over short courses and longer ocean races. This year the Antigua Sailing week regatta finishes on Thursday with the prize giving on Friday.
A committee desk will be opened in the Event Village in Nelson's Dockyard
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
1000 - 1700 Registration Event Village
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
0900- 1700 Registration Event Village
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
0900 Start of Guadeloupe to Antigua Race – Des Haies to English Harbour - Race 1 of Antigua Ocean Series
0900- 1700 Registration Event Village
1800 Official Antigua Sailing Week 2010 Official Press Briefing , Copper & Lumber Store Guadeloupe Race Welcome Party and Prize Giving at Antigua Yacht Club
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
Skippers Briefing (one person per crew only) on the lawn at the Antigua Yacht Club
1600 Welcome to Antigua Party in Nelson's Dockyard
Sunday, April 24th, 2011 - Sailing Day One
Division A - Race 1 Yachting World Around the Island Race & Race 2 of Antigua Ocean Series
Division B - Race 1 The Dickenson Bay Race
Dickenson Bay Beach Bash
Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Sailing Day Two
Division A – Races 2 & 3 off South Coast
Division B – Race 2 off West Coast.
Jolly Harbour Day
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Sailing Day 3
Division A – Race 4 off Willoughby Bay
Division B - Race 3 The Jolly Harbour to Falmouth Race
English Harbour Street Party
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Lay Day
Round Redonda Race - Race 3 of Antigua Ocean Series
Lay Day party and games at the Antigua Yacht Club
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 - Sailing Day 4
Division A - Races 5 & 6 off South coast
Division B - Race 4 off Willoughby Bay
Sunset from Shirley Heights
Friday, April 29th, 2011 - Sailing Day 5
Bareboats - Gold / Silver fleet Race
Division A - Race 7 Windward/Leeward Race
Division B - Race 5 off South Coast
1930 Prize giving in Nelson's Dockyard
Saturday, April 30th, 2011
1500 Dockyard Day
1730 Beating of the Retreat, Nelson's Dockyard