Celebrate the start of Antigua Sailing Week by joining us for our official opening party on April. 29. Bars open from 6 pm courtesy of Peters & May, the sponsor of the Round Antigua Race. All sailors will receive a free Perfect Storm made from English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer. Follow instructions provided at registration, so you don’t miss your drink from the Fever-Tree tent.
Our grills will be fired up on the lawn with the tastiest seafood and barbecue specials to take you into the evening.
For those sailors located at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and Falmouth Harbour Marina, a cultural procession will start from the Antigua Yacht Club at 5:30 pm. You will for sure enjoy the parade, which will showcase the rhythmic beats of drummers and vibrant performances from dancers. Don your team shirts and join the procession, as it picks up all the teams based at the marinas. You’re welcome to dance your way through the Event Village (wiggles also acceptable), or you can head straight to the bar for a refreshing drink.
Official speeches will be brief and they kick off the Peters & May Round Antigua Race Prize Giving followed by live reggae music from Spirited Band. The band boasts West Indian cricket legends Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Richie Richardson as part of its lineup. DJ Who will also be on hand to keep the party moving.
Before the first day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week, be prepared to have a fantastic first night dancing in historic Nelson’s Dockyard under the palm trees and the stars.
THE BIG PARTY NIGHT –Internationally acclaimed reggae artiste, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – the youngest son of Bob Marley – is set to headline the eighth edition of Reggae in the Park, one of the most highly anticipated events on the Antigua Sailing Week party calendar. Expect a phenomenal performance from this Grammy award-winning artist when he heads up the main stage on Tuesday May 2, 2017. You will be sure to feel some really good vibes, as Jr. Gong takes you on a musical journey filled with the pulsating rhythms of reggae music.
Join an international crowd in Nelson’s Dockyard for a fantastic night under the moonlight. Opening acts such as Zambai, Daina Barnes, Promise, Drastic, Rico & Muzik 4 Play (RM4P), Eddie Mello and DJ Tanny will also be on hand to get the crowd ready for an amazing evening. You don’t want to miss it!
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are available via the TickeTing Events app for Android and Apple devices. Download the app now at: download.ticketingevents.co.
Early bird tickets on the TicketTing app are available for EC$95/US$40 until April 28.
Tickets purchased at the door: EC$135/US$50.
All-inclusive VIP tickets: EC$350/US$130.
Join fellow skippers and crews of Antigua Sailing Week for post race debates over a cold beer in the Beer Garden at Antigua Yacht Club daily. Starting at 3pm, awards are presented from 5pm to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class each day.
After the prize giving, entertainment will be provided by DJ Undercover.
The ultimate Caribbean beach party kicks off with the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge. This fantastic invitational regatta is held immediately off Pigeon Point beach and our compere will break down the action, so even race novices will understand what is taking place. Hot skippers will compete for the ultimate prize – one week’s all-inclusive accommodation for two people in a deluxe suite at the fantastic Nonsuch Bay Resort – and of course for major bragging rights! From 12 o’ clock, head down to Pigeon Point, enjoy the barbecues, cold beers and fantastic action on the water. The grills fire up during the afternoon, and we invite you to chill out Caribbean style with the “Recovery Set” with DJ Where, until mid-afternoon. DJ Illist and M C Stiffler will entertain you throughout the beach body competitions for women AND men, drinking games, tug o’ war and much more. As the sun sets, the exceptionally talented DJ and sax player Natty Rico from Miami will turn up the heat when he delivers his unique performance on the beach. DJ Elementz will close off the night’s festivities.
The newly restored 18th century Clarence House is the perfect setting in which to celebrate 50 years of Antigua Sailing Week.
An exclusive Cocktail Reception for 500 invited guests will open the evening from 6:30 pm with complimentary cocktails and canapes served until 8.30pm followed by entertainment from Sound Citizens as you take in stunning views over Nelson’s Dockyard. From 8.30pm tasty food and drink will be on sale so that you can enjoy dancing under the starts to midnight.
A park and ride service will be in place from Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre and shuttles will run from the Marinas to Clarence House throughout the night.
Just the stunning views over Nelson’s Dockyard and English Harbour by night make this event alone, worth the trip up the hill. It will be a truly magical night that you won’t want to miss.
Join fellow skippers and crews of Antigua Sailing Week for post race debates in Nelson’s Dockyard from 2 pm. Awards will be presented from 4 pm to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class.
Entertainment by DJ Stainless after the prize giving.
Come and enjoy this wonderful day with your family and friends. Starting at 2 pm, Dockyard Drive will be the scene of a cultural parade that includes marching bands, iron bands and dancers leading the procession into Nelson’s Dockyard. At 3 pm, the winners of the LIAT School Art Competition will be honoured on stage before two hours of fun activities commence. For the 50th edition, the Greasy Pole and the Non-Mariners Race will make a come-back.
The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda will then begin the Beating of the Retreat at 5.15 pm followed by an evening packed with entertainment. A bounce castle and bungee jumping will keep the kids entertained and you can fuel up on local food and drinks.
The Dickenson Bay Beach Bash is back — in a new way — for the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Experience a celebration of Antiguan food, culture and music all delivered in the ultimate location – Dickenson Bay. Food vendors will be lining the beach, so come hungry.
The party starts at 12 o’clock on the big stage (in front of the Rex Halcyon end of the beach) and will include musical performances by some of the best Antiguan artistes and then top off the night with the Original Burning Flames.
At both Ana’s and Coconut Grove, DJ’s will provide the musical backdrop for the day, which will run late into the evening. Whether you are heading to the beach by car, by taxi, by foot or by boat, bring your friends, family and neighbours with you to celebrate the return of the ultimate Caribbean beach party.