Antigua Sailing Week

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 52 nd Antigua Sailing Week – to be held from the 27th of April to the 3rd of May, 2019. 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.

Well over 100 yachts participate each year, ranging in size from 24 feet to over 100 feet. The Regatta attracts all types of yachts from serious racing boats including state-of-the-art, high-tech racing machines to a variety of performance cruising and cruising boats and even features a Club Class for less serious racers who want to be part of the on-the-water action.

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 and some of the most famous professional sailors in the world.  You don’t need a high-tech boat to participate.  Olympians are often found racing bareboats from bareboat sponsor Dream Yacht Charter.

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 owners, skippers and crews, with their friends, well-wishers and race officials, alongside Antigua’s government representatives including the Governor General to present the awards.

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 2019 click here.

Club Class

Get all the fun, excitement and action of Antigua Sailing Week by participating in our Club Class. The Class is open to sailors who want to participate in the regatta, but who take their racing a little less seriously than other­s.

The intent of the Class is to make Antigua Sailing Week more accessible to less serious racers at a lower cost. It’s designed for those, who want to have fun while participating in the on-the-water action.

The entry fee for the ASW Club Class is US$9 per foot of measured overall length.

The Class will be scored using a Progressive Handicapping system. All entrants will be provided with a CSA Simplified Rating prior to the first day of racing. After racing, the results program will calculate the speed of each boat relative to every other boat and individual ratings will be adjusted accordingly, on a daily basis, and expressed as a performance index. The indices will be averaged from race to race and the averages will become new TCFs for the next race. The calculation is based on an internationally recognized and used program and will not be subjective.

All Club Class participants must accept the Progressing Handicapping procedures. Otherwise, they would be more suited to a CSA racing class. Acceptance of entries into the Club Class is solely at the discretion of the Organising Authority.

It will not be necessary for boats in the Class to obtain a full CSA Rating. A CSA Simplified Rating will be issued prior to the first day’s racing at a cost of US $50. Boats that already have full CSA Ratings may enter the Class, but will still be issued a CSA Simplified Rating.

There will be one or two races per day for the Class. Only single headsail with or without pole will be allowed. No downwind sails, including mizzen staysails, are acceptable.  Full Club Class Rules can be viewed here.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge

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Photo of Scarlet Oyster racing in Antigua Sailing Week 2015. Photo by Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com

2019 will see the fifth year of  collaboration on the fun and highly-competitive Royal Southern Yacht Club Challenge. All bona fide yacht clubs around the world are challenged to enter their boat or boats to participate so long as 50% or more of the crew are members of the club – whether racing on their own boat, a chartered race boat, or a bareboat. The Challenge will be open to the classes of CSA, CSA Double-handed, Multihulls, Bareboat and Club Class. A weighted scoring formula will be applied to boats of different classes participating in the Challenge so the true winner can be determined.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge Trophy

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge Trophy

The 52nd Antigua Sailing Week in 2019 takes place from April 27 to May 3 and is based at Antigua Yacht Club in Falmouth Harbour.  Courses around the cans in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea aside spectacular headlands and picturesque Cades Reef with steady trade winds guaranteed.

Get a flavour of Antigua Sailing Week by watching this 2018 recap video.

Review the rules here.

To enter the Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge simply tick the box on the entry system when you enter ASW. For queries please email:  lorna@sailingweek.com.

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