Yachts from all over the world will arrive in English and Falmouth Harbours to participate in the one of the world’s major sailing events, the 51st Antigua Sailing Week – to be held from the 28th of April to the 4th of May, 2018. From small beginnings this regatta has developed over 50 years to become one of the preeminent yacht racing events in the Caribbean and one of the most prestigious worldwide.
Over 140 yachts participate each year, ranging in size from 24 feet to over 100 feet. The Regatta attracts serious racing boats including state-of-the-art, high-tech racing machines along with a variety of performance cruising and cruising boats.
The sight of all these yachts is unforgettable, both from vantage points on the shore and from spectator boats carrying onlookers alongside the races. The reputation of Antigua Sailing Week allows the event to attract some of the world’s top racing and performance cruising boats including in 2016 two TP52’s – Gladiator and Conviction – as well as Tonnerre, Lee Overlay Partners and Oyster 82’s Starry Night of the Caribbean and Zig Zag, and modern classic Kialoa III returning to Antigua after more than 30 years, among many others.
For five days crews are challenged with a variety of coastal race courses encouraging tacking duels around the buoys – all in the picture-perfect setting of the deep blue Caribbean Sea off Antigua’s south coast with the ever-present trade winds. The idyllic racing is enhanced by sailors retiring to Antigua Yacht Club for passionate post-race analysis and daily prize-givings which carry on into the evening. Hundreds of locals and visitors will continue partying well into the late hours but yacht crews know there is another day of racing so they leave the late night revelry for the others to finish.
After the week of ever-exciting racing, Antigua Sailing Week draws to a close in the romantic historic Nelson’s Dockyard with the final awards presentation attended by Antigua’s government representatives alongside the owners and skippers of the yachts with their crews, friends, well-wishers and race officials.
This exciting event is followed the next day by Dockyard Day and the Beating of the Retreat as the Antiguan flag is lowered to signal the close of Antigua Sailing Week for yet another year. It is a truly fitting end to a week of glorious racing.
The Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and other official documents can be found on the Race Documents page.
To enter Antigua Sailing Week 2018 click here.