Round Antigua Race
The course diagram and related information for the 2015 Round Antigua Race can be viewed here. Documents pertaining to the 2016 Round Antigua Race will be posted closer to the date of the Race.
Antigua Sailing Week 2012 re-introduced the now-famous Round Antigua Race. The Round Antigua Race will return again in 2016 on Saturday, April 23 with more classes and more exciting racing than ever before!
The Round Antigua Race has been exciting and popular with many Antigua Sailing Week participants for many years. In 2012 it was re-introduced in a new format which saw it become an optional race open to all yachts, whether or not entered in Antigua Sailing Week, which is held on the Saturday before Antigua Sailing Week began. This optional race is scored separately from the full week’s racing so the results have no impact on the overall results of the Regatta.
Classes are expected to include big boat and racing, sport boat, cruising, multihull, bareboat and classic classes. With Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta concluding only a few days before the Round Antigua Race, the race provides an ideal way for many classics to complete their Caribbean racing season so all classic yachts are welcome and encouraged to enter this exciting one-day race. The race will also provide an excellent day of practice for boats preparing to compete in Antigua Sailing Week’s full week of racing, without being concerned that the scoring of this race will impact their week’s results.
In 2015 Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 trimaran Phaedo^3 smashed the existing overall Round Antigua Race record with an elapsed time of 3 hours, 26 minutes and 9 seconds and won the Trophy for best elapsed time in the Race. We hope he and his team will return in 2016 to attempt to beat their own record!
We encourage yachtsmen to take on the challenge of breaking the existing Round Antigua Race monohull elapsed time record, currently held by the overall winner of Antigua Sailing Week 2011, the Farr-designed 115-foot, Sojana, which completed the race in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds in 2009. John Paul Riviere’s Dolphin 100 Nomad IV was the winner of the Yachting World Trophy for best monohull elapsed time around Antigua in 2015, although with light winds she was unable to break Sojana’s previous record set in 2009.
The Antigua Race will be followed by an awards presentation to be held in conjunction with the Antigua Sailing Week Welcome Party on the evening of Saturday, April 25, following completion of the race. Prizes will also be awarded to the overall corrected time winner, the monohull corrected time winner and to winners of 1st through 3rd places in each class.
To enter the Round Antigua Race click here.