A Bundle of Fun – Antigua Sailing Week

 

Alan Edwards jubilant crew on Swan 65, Spirit celebrate another win at the Colombian Emeralds prize giving after racing at Antigua Sailing Week (Photo Credit: Ted Martin/photofantasy.zenfolio.com)

Thursday. 1 May 2014. The breeze went up a notch or two for the penultimate day of Antigua Sailing Week, powering up the Caribbean swell to deliver yet more idyllic racing conditions. Assuming that there will be just one race tomorrow and with the discard kicking in after six races, some of the teams at Antigua Sailing Week will be getting ready to celebrate a class victory.

Alan Edwards is a happy man this afternoon. His Swan 65 Spirit has an unassailable lead in CSA 1. The classic S&S Swan 65 built in Finland in 1974 was sailed by the King of Sweden and Alan has owned the vintage yacht since 2010. [Read more…]

Preview Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

Walk the dock at Antigua Yacht Club during ‘Classics and you will behold an astounding collection of beautiful yachts, ranging from pretty childhood fantasies to the almighty J-Class of the Golden Era. Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai, is a unique event, where an eclectic mix of traditionally built yachts, crewed by passionate sailors, gather in Antigua to enjoy spectacular sailing and playful parties ashore. The objective for Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is the same as it has always been; to encourage sailing in the Caribbean in a safe, fun regatta with the emphasis on sailing together rather than on racing but ‘Classics brings out the competitive spirit in many of the players. [Read more…]

The America’s Cup Trophy Comes to Antigua

One month today the oldest trophy in the history of sports will be coming to Antigua, coinciding with the official start of Antigua Sailing Week.

Antigua is ideally located in the centre of the Eastern Caribbean, making it a natural attraction for visiting sailing professionals and amateurs alike, many of whom end up making it their home. These islands feature some of the most important resources to fuel the passion of racing sailors – consistent trade winds, a large number of regattas of all types and sizes, warm air and water temperatures and plenty of sunshine – all of which attract sailors to pitch their skills against similarly inspired people.   [Read more…]

Success for Antigua in the RORC Caribbean 600

St. John’s dentist, Bernie Evan Wong said he would be back for his 6th RORC Caribbean 600 with a bigger, faster boat and Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8 delivered, taking Line Honours in IRC Two. The first time in the six year history of the race, that an Antiguan skippered yacht has taken line honours in any class. [Read more…]

Party Spirit Building in Antigua – RORC Caribbean 600

Gonzalo Botin’s Tales II (ESP) breaks the Class40 course record- Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

At 0800 on Day Four of the RORC Caribbean 600, 17 yachts had completed the race and six yachts retired. George Sakellaris’ American RP72, Shockwave was the overall leader of the race for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, having set the benchmark corrected time of 3 days, 4 hours 16 minutes 38 seconds, with Bella Mente in second place at this time. 18 yachts still racing still have the ability to better that time to claim the overall prize.

For the second year in a row, the Class40 record for the RORC Caribbean 600 has been beaten. Gonzalo Botin’s Tales II showed amazing speed around the course, breaking the 2013 course record set by Peter Harding and Hannah Jenner’s 40 Degrees. Spanish entry, Tales II was over 3 hours quicker than the previous record, finishing the 600 mile race in an elapsed time of 2 days, 16 hours 37 minutes 52 seconds. [Read more…]