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 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.

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 2018 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$8 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

THE ROYAL OCEAN RACING CLUB TEAM WINS THE THIRD ANNUAL ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB INTER-YACHT CLUB CHALLENGE ON SCARLET OYSTER.

Full results of the 2017 Challenge can be found here.

In the summer of 2014 the Royal Southern Yacht Club of Hamble, UK issued a challenge to reciprocal and other yacht clubs around the world to compete in the inaugural Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge at Antigua Sailing Week 2015.  The Challenge was deemed to be a great success with Ross Applebey’s Scarlet Oyster and a Guernsey Yacht Club crew taking home the first trophy.

In 2016, the Royal Southern Yacht Club and Antigua Sailing Week once again collaborated with the Royal Southern Yacht Club Team taking the trophy home.  The Royal Ocean Racing Club was the winner in 2017.  2018 will see the fourth year of collaboration on this fun and highly-competitive Challenge.  All yacht clubs around the world are challenged enter their boat to participate – whether racing on their own boat or on a chartered boat, even a bareboat.  A weighted scoring formula will be applied to boats of different ratings and classes participating in the Challenge so the true winner can be determined.

The driving force behind the challenge is Gordon Cossar of the Royal Southern Yacht Club.  Of the Challenge he says, “We are really excited to get as many clubs as possible involved.  Following Antigua Sailing Week 2014, we realised that about 30 Royal Southern members had been at the final awards party and on returning to the UK we got together to discuss a challenge.  We are delighted with participation in the the first three Challenge events held in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and expect much wider participation for 2018, using the same rules as used in previous years.’

Antigua Sailing Week has provided the Royal Southern Yacht Club with a complete information package containing details of everything from available race charter boats to accommodation, marinas and provisioning.  The information package includes everything an Antigua Sailing Week first-timer needs to know to make plans to participate.

Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee, Kathy Lammers, says:  ‘We are delighted that of all the great events in the Caribbean regatta season, the Royal Southern Yacht Club has chosen Antigua Sailing Week as the event to feature the Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge.  In the first three years of the Challenge we provided yacht clubs from around the world with some of the most challenging and exciting racing they had ever experienced in the Caribbean’s idyllic conditions. We’re excited about a having an even bigger and better Royal Southern Challenge in 2018.’

The 51st Antigua Sailing Week in 2018 takes place from April 28 to May 4 and is based at Antigua Yacht Club in Falmouth Harbour.  Courses are windward/leeward with increasingly more reaching legs in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea aside spectacular headlands and picturesque Cades Reef with steady trade winds guaranteed.  It is the granddaddy of Caribbean sailing events and is difficult to beat anywhere in the world.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge Trophy

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge Trophy

Racing starts on Saturday, April 28 with the optional 54 nautical mile Peters & May Round Antigua Race.  Five days of round the buoys racing follow, with two races on some days and a lay day on the Wednesday featuring a great beach party at Pigeon Beach.  Daily post-race social events and prize givings take place on the lawn of Antigua Yacht Club which showcase the great camaraderie that the event cultivates among sailors.  The week winds up with the final awards presentation on Friday, May 4 in the unique setting of historic Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour.  On-the-water activities are complimented by great parties with a very Caribbean flavour.

The minimum time commitment required to participate is one week but a commitment of 10 days would allow for two or three days’ practice and boat prep prior to the event.  Two full weeks would allow for some leisure time in addition to racing.  The financial commitment includes the cost of flights, food, accommodation and the yacht.

Review the rules here.

Get a flavour of Antigua Sailing Week by watching the 2017 promo video. To enter the Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge, email:  lorna@sailingweek.com.

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