VIRGIN ATLANTIC BEACH BASH, NEW TROPHY, FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME
17 Apr, 2005
Virgin Atlantic Beach Bash
The Virgin Atlantic Beach Bash kicks off as racing finishes at
Dickenson Bay on the first day (Sunday April 24) at 1.00pm with a water
ski demonstration by the Stars of Florida water ski team. Comprised of
current or former Cypress Gardens or Sea World of Orlando performers,
these American water skiers generally only perform outside the USA and
have performed in Europe, South America, the Middle-East and Japan.
These seasoned water skiers have performed in all sorts of conditions
worldwide and will be performing a range of stunts including flags,
front barefoot, slalom, clown, ballet, wakeboard, airchair, back,
barefoot, doubles, swan, and the ubiquitous human pyramid.
The Stars of Florida will be followed by a Bath Tub Derby at 3.00pm.
The Derby, racing across Dickenson Bay, is open to individuals or teams
of up to four people and the craft must be home-made and human-powered;
costumes optional. First prize is four economy tickets to London with
400 pounds spending money, second prize is one economy ticket and 100
pounds spending money. There will also be a cash prize of $1000 EC for
the Best Virgin Spirit. Entry forms can be picked from the Airport,
Skullduggery, the Beach or Big Banana in Antigua.
A karaoke competition complete with costumes to facilitate the
transformation to pop star, and tribute band ABBA One from the UK,
round out the afternoon's entertainment. Seaweed the Sea Monster will
also be on hand in the kiddies' area.
"We're very excited to be bringing the Virgin touch to the fun and
frivolity of Antigua Sailing Week," said Jennifer Carlson-Linskey,
sales and marketing executive Virgin Atlantic in Antigua. "The Virgin
Atlantic Beach Bash is really going to be a lot of fun and I would like
to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy Virgin Atlantic's
hospitality and get a glimpse of what a trans-Atlantic flight must be
like with us."
Virgin Atlantic Airways has signed on as a silver sponsor of this
year's Antigua Sailing Week and will also be providing air travel for
visiting VIPs and officials.
Virgin Atlantic is one of the world's most acclaimed carriers and was
named "Best Transatlantic Airline, 2003" by readers of Travel Weekly.
Virgin Atlantic Airways started flying to Antigua in October 1998 and
operates three direct flights per week. Virgin Atlantic also serves the
Caribbean islands of St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and Tobago and carried
294,381 passengers to the region in 2002.
"We're delighted that Virgin Atlantic has agreed to support the event,"
said Jan Santos, vice chairman of Antigua Sailing Week. "Such support
is vital to the continuing success of the event and I would like to
take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors which include Stanford
International Bank Limited, Cable & Wireless, English Harbour Rum,
American Express, Yachting World and LIAT."
Yachting World Trophy
As Antigua Sailing Week's official media partner and Platinum sponsor
Yachting World is presenting a spectacular solid silver punch bowl to
the boat with the fastest elapsed time in the inaugural Round Island
Race. A solid silver keeper plate is also being presented to the winner
as a keepsake.
The 44-mile race, anti-clockwise round the island, will take place on
Tuesday 26 April, is open to the three 'big classes' - Big Boat 1 and 2
and Racing 3 - and will start and finish off Curtain Bluff.
Commenting on Sailing Week's new trophy Andrew Bray, editor of Yachting
World said: "The new round Antigua race promises to be fiercely fought
and will be an exciting spectacle. I'm very pleased that Yachting World
is able to present this trophy."
Fifteen Minutes Of Fame
Antigua Sailing Week will once again be welcoming Sportshows Television
to film the official TV programme and DVD of the event. They will be
filming throughout the whole regatta and distributing the programme
around the world. The DVDs from 2002, 2003 and 2004 are available to
buy from www.high.tv. Participants are being encouraged to pre-order
the 2005 Antigua Sailing Week DVD for a reduced price of $35. Those
generous skippers wishing to purchase the DVD for all crew members
should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a bulk discount.
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