Victory for Elethea and the Teenage Crew of Digicel Challenger!

Digicel Challenger Win CSA Racing Class – Credit: Jody Sallons-Day/

The young crew of Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger were celebrating their victory at the beach party prizegiving this evening (Sunday 10th) after their overall win in the Racing Division in the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta which ended this afternoon in Antigua.  “This is a great victory for us,” said helmsman Bob Green. “The guys have worked so hard, training after school to prepare for this event”. [Read more…]

Five Islands Feast for Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta Day 2


“A perfect day”, was how Frolic’s Don Ward described the second day of racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta. The Five I

slands, the small line of rocks north of the entrance to Jolly Harbour, served as a scenic tropical backdrop to the four inshore races around the marks off Antigua’s west coast. A menu of pre-set race courses gave Chief Race Office Paul Miller a choice of windward leeward courses and around the cans. [Read more…]

Pico Power at Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta

Credit: Jody Sallons-Day/

Seven Laser Picos provided by Antigua National Sailing Academy competed off Jolly Harbour’s south beach today. Plenty of spectators watched the racing from Castaways Beach Bar and the young sailors enjoyed their first of two days racing as part of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta. Three boats were crewed by the young sailors themselves, including Shaquile and Marco who came second overall. Others teamed up with adults around the course.

Ten year old Zante helming his first ever race was delighted to win overall after four races. He sailed with Bea Shrewsbury who praised Zante for his race skills today. [Read more…]

Day 1 Race Report: Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival

Rick Gormley’s First 38, Elethea (left) and Don Ward’s Frolic, Luders Naval Academy Yawl – Winner of the CSA Cruising Division – Credit: Jody Sallons-Day

Day 1 of racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival belonged to youth and elegance. Youth powered the Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger to a win in the CSA Spinnaker Class in the 13.6 mile race. The crew onboard, aged 14-16, showed some real talent in manoeuvring their boat around the varied marks of the course, steered by the masterful Shawn Malone. Elegance was Don Ward’s Luders Naval Academy Yawl, Frolic which took the top slot in the CSA Cruising Division in a close finish only 30 seconds ahead of second placed Elethea, a Beneteau First 38. [Read more…]

Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta: Let the Hot Competition Begin!

The countdown is on to the start of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival today. It’s an event that the world outside Antigua, WI is going to hear a lot more about as the regatta moves to the international stage after 20 successful years of great local racing in the blue waters on the leeward side of this sailors’ favourite tropical island [Read more…]