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…]

Blissful day 2 in Antigua Sailing Week

When the sun is shining on tropical waters with 15 knots of warm breeze filling the air, it is most sailors’ idea of rapture. The second day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week was blessed with these heavenly conditions.

For the CSA Classes racing in Rendezvous Bay, it was a day to keep your head out of the boat, looking for subtle changes in wind speed and a watchful eye on the competition. The tight course made for plenty of traffic and confused air. The smart sailors avoided the holes in the wind and the sailboat congestion. [Read more…]

Antigua Sailing Week’s United Nations

Over 100 yachts from all over the world are expected to compete at the 46th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. The week-long event is considered the ‘last night at the prom’ for international racing boats in the Caribbean and months of careful preparation will deliver a spectacular finale both on the water and ashore for a truly astounding collection of sailors from the four corners of the earth.

Already, 95 yachts from 24 different countries are entered for Antigua Sailing Week with many more expected over the coming weeks. Without doubt Antigua Sailing Week is one of the most international regattas anywhere in the world with entries from: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Canada, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Great Britain, Grenada, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, St.Barths, St. Lucia, Sweden, Trinidad, USA, the US Virgin Islands and Venezuela. [Read more…]

Last minute charters for BVI Spring Regatta

Quokka avaliable for charter at BVI Spring Regatta

The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival includes an extremely competitive charter boat fleet and Gold Sponsor, The Moorings and contributing sponsor, Sunsail, have already chartered out most of their available fleet for the regatta.

However, several charter opportunities still exist for full teams or even individuals who want to join a boat. Full details can be found on the Charter pages of the event website. [Read more…]