Smiles on the Docks: Antigua Sailing Week – Final Day

Winner: CSA 4, Quokka 8, Grand Soleil 43, Philippe Falle of Deep Blue Racing, (GBR)

You could almost feel the tension on the dock as the international fleet sailed out to the combat area. With many class winners yet to be decided, the pressure was heightened by tricky conditions. The breeze was rarely more than 10 knots and there were huge wind holes appearing all over the racing area. However, the Race Committee did an excellent job getting in a fair race for all classes. Starts are always important, especially in light airs and several yachts could not control their urgency enough, resulting in several individual recalls and two general recalls. The last day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week was not for the faint hearted. [Read more…]

Trade winds return for day 3 of Antigua Sailing Week

Bristolian roaring along on day 3 of Antigua Sailing Week

After two days of relatively calm weather by Antiguan standards, full Trade Wind power returned to deliver a spectacular day of action at Antigua Sailing Week. Big breeze and blazing sunshine whipped up the racing action, especially in the big boat classes, which were fully powered up all day. The race committee responded to the change in conditions by altering the schedule for CSA 1 & 2 to a brace of races on a long windward leeward course off the southwest corner of Antigua and there was some ballistic action. [Read more…]

Chilled out Antigua – day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week

Beautiful sunshine, crystal clear blue skies and a gentle breeze produce a positive vibration for the first day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week. Winners are always grinners but as sailors came ashore, after three hours of racing in paradise, there were smiles all round. [Read more…]

Ready for Take Off: Antigua Sailing Week

Credit: Kevin Johnson Photography.com/Antigua Sailing Week

It’s buzzing in Antigua as Falmouth Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard are filling up fast with racing yachts from all over the world. Antigua Sailing Week’s racing programme kicks off with the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race this Friday, followed by the Yachting World Round Antigua Race on Saturday. Racing at the 46th Antigua Sailing Week will commence on Sunday, April 28. [Read more…]

Day one of BVI Spring Regatta a tense, tactical teaser

It was a day for watching the weather on the first day of the BVI Spring Regatta hosted by Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola. 10-12 knots of easterly pressure provided perfect conditions for the fleet at the start of the day and the Race Committee chose to use the string of beautiful islands on the south side of the Sir Francis Drake Channel as turning marks for the first race. The wind speed and direction oscillated somewhat to deliver shifty conditions and tactical racing. Later in the day, a heavy rainsquall caused an early end to proceedings due to unstable wind conditions. [Read more…]