With new courses, refined schedules and extra party venues, the 4 th Anguilla Go… Mix-Up Regatta deserves to top last year’s entry of 21 boats. Held over the weekend of May 12-14, the event draws in participants from St Maarten, Antigua and beyond to take part in a unique regatta where crews from racing yachts swap with crews from the local sloops on the final day.
The Go… Mix-Up is organised by the Anguilla Sailing Association, in conjunction with the Anguilla Tourist Board and St Maarten Yacht Club. The idea is not only to cook up a season-closer with a different flavor, but also to raise development funds for youth sailing on the island – so far, 8 Optimist dinghies have been purchased.
Last year, competition in Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Open and Multihull classes saw some excellent battles among regional sailors keen for a new stage on which to duel. St Maarten’s Robbie Ferron and Dutchman Gerard Loos took the Spinnaker Class from Frits Bus, both sailors in Melges 24s, while in Non-Spinnaker, Bobby Velasquez’s L’Esperance got the better of Philippe Herve on Vanille. Antigua’s Eddie Barreto on Moonshadow won Open, while Garth Steyn was the sole competitor in Multihull.
This year, three new courses have been thrown in – a windward/leeward for Spinnaker, separate courses for cruisers, and a Beach Jam course for all with a mark to be rounded in front of Cap Jaluca, to provide an extra viewing point from the shore. The excellent beach parties have been given an upgrade, too. As well as the bash at Johnno’s in the talcum-powder sand at Sandy Ground, nautical soirees will also be hosted at Roy’s and The Pumphouse.
Finally, races on day three have been rescheduled to allow visiting yachts time to head off to their home port in time. This was a disappointing aspect last year, when some boats reluctantly had to skip the final rounds.
In addition to the Mix-Up racing, the Battle of the Banks returns for another instalment. Two Anguillan banks will compete head-to-head on a pair of America’s Cup 12-Meter yachts. This is Anguillan offshore banking at its finest.
Registration information can be obtained from www.anguillaregatta.com