The so-called ‘Granddaddy of them all’ returns with a new high-profile sponsor for its 39th edition. Rolex Antigua Sailing Week will run from April 30 to May 5. As usual, a combination of A-list big boats, bareboats and popular Caribbean entrants will bust around Antigua’s coastline, around Dickenson Bay, Jolly Harbour and English Harbour, stopping off in the evenings for the legendary parties
that culminate in the Lord Nelson’s Ball.
Some 200+ yachts are expected, which means 1,500 participants and around 5,000 spectators and press. With vantage points such as Shirley Heights, this is really a regatta that can be enjoyed by those left on dry land.
Last year, Tom Hill’s Titan XII dominated, taking the Lord Nelson’s Trophy with a string of bullets, but the week was struck with the curse of much of the 2005 season – light winds. Many races had to be cancelled and the 50-mile Round the Island race had to be postponed until the breeze picked up.
Trinidad’s entries will again be hoping to pick up from where they left off last year, as will the nearer contingent from Guadeloupe, and the ongoing duel between Antigua and St Maarten will resume from its premature interruption in the Heineken.
Entry forms are now available on the ASW website www.sailingweek.com or by contacting the office on (268) 462 8872.