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Over the last two decades, Antigua Sailing Week has become one of the biggest events in the international sailing calendar. It attracts some of the top Olympic yachtsmen in the world, giving us the opportunity to compete against them. It is also one of the most fantastic ways to visit Antigua and take advantage of an island-wide party.
Consisting of six challenging days of top class racing, in what are regarded as the best sailing conditions in the world, the regatta has developed into a world-class event and now includes an Ocean Series for boats that prefer ocean racing.
This yachting regatta started from small beginnings back in 1967 when Peter Deeth, who owned the Inn Hotel at English Harbour and Desmond Nicholson, owner of the Admiral’s Inn formed a racing club. They met every Sunday morning and raced their Sailfish. The Club had no finances in the beginning so relied entirely on people’s voluntary help. Later as finances improved and interest grew, the Club got planning permission for a Club House to be built at Falmouth Harbour. In 1972 the club announced its new name of “The Antigua Yacht Club”. Things have moved on fairly quickly since then!
The Island will be alive with carnivals, music and parties over the island during this time.
The safety briefing and first day of training starts at 10:00 on the 27th of April
Arrival in Antigua and welcome on board at the yacht club at 10.00AM. You will be met you Skipper and other team members, followed by a safety brief and the regatta programme. Over the first 3 days you will be able to get to know the team, get the boat ready for the regatta and training to bind the team into a racing crew.
6:00 AM – Roadrunners Cycling Chase the Race
8:00 AM – Peters & May Round Antigua Race
3:00 PM – Official Bareboat Skippers Briefing at Nelsons Dockyard
8:00 PM – Peters & May Round Antigua Race Prize Giving & Official ASW Opening
(Wear team shirts or outfits for the chance to win spot prizes.)
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM – am local breakfast and the best place to watch the starts at Shirley Heights Lookout Breakfast
10:00 AM – English Harbour Race Day 1 & Daily Prize Giving
10:00 AM – Race Day 2 & Daily Prize Giving
10:00 AM – Race Day 3 & Daily Prize Giving
12:00 PM Pigeon Point Beach
10:00 AM – Race Day 5 & Daily Prize Giving
7:00 PM – Final Awards Ceremony
5:15 PM National Parks Authority Dockyard Day Beating of the Retreat