Antigua

A Classic Celebration

Columbia with her freeing ports working overtime. Photo Jan Hein

  Nelsons Dockyard was the quintessential venue for Antigua’s 30th Classic Regatta. Nearly 50 vessels sailed in flying flags from Canada, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Bermuda, the Netherlands and beyond. One journeyed from the west coast of Mexico via Panama …

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Antigua Sailing Week’s 50th Edition

The Grand Awards Ceremony for Antigua Sailing Week was held in Nelson’s Dockyard and the UNESCO World Heritage Site was a fitting venue for the 50th edition of this historic occasion. A stage glittering with dozens of trophies formed the …

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A Rock and Roll Race

Getting started was the first hazard of the race. Photo by Jan Hein

Antigua’s Wobbly Race, a build-your-own-boat contest, has two simple rules. No engines are allowed and each vessel must incorporate two pieces of paper thin plywood. On the flip side, imaginations are allowed to run wild. Cheating is openly encouraged. There …

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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – Mariella Returns

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Mariella Returns

Mariella, the 1938-launched, 80-foot Alfred Mylne-designed Bermudan yawl, returns this month to race in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta after a two-year hiatus. It’s something owner Carlo Falcone, proprietor of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour, has looked …

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Thirty Years of Classic Yacht Regatta Success

Classic Yacht Regatta

When Antigua Sailing Week began in 1967, pretty much every boat in the fleet was a classic. Most were charter yachts that ended their season by racing to and from Guadeloupe. Race Week expanded; boats evolved into modern machines; and …

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Antigua Francis Nunes Jr. Memorial Tournament

Antigua Francis Nunes Jr Memorial Tournament Team Crab Hole Liquors – Cook-off Competition winners

Knowing where to go and how to fish proved the secret to success for two teams at the Francis Nunes Jr. Memorial Tournament and Seafood Festival, hosted by the Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Club in September. Sean MacMillan and …

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Marinas In Focus: Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua

What do rock star Eric Clapton, motorsport personality Eddie Jordan and billionaire businessman Paul Allen have in common? A port visit to the Jolly Harbour Marina. It is here, situated on the sheltered west coast of Antigua, that everyone from …

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Budget Marine Introduces Eco-Friendly, Reusable Shopping Bags

With the distribution of these attractive, eco-friendly, re-usable shopping bags in its locations Caribbean wide, Budget Marine say they have taken a small, but important step towards protecting the marine environment. Antigua’s bold lead in banning the importation and use …

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Antigua Bermuda Race Gathers Pace

Over 40 yachts have expressed their interest in the Antigua Bermuda Race. Organized by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week, the inaugural race coincides with the finish of the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week and the …

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The Schooner Columbia’s Caribbean Debut

Photos by Jan Hein

When Columbia, the replica of a 141ft Gloucester Fishing Schooner, rounded the point into Antigua’s Falmouth Harbor for the first time, nearby bars and eateries emptied out. Customers fled their seats, hurrying dockside to check out the vessel that had …

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On Charter in Antigua: The Log of Blue Voyage

charter Antigua

  Monday 1015 hours. Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua. “Winds perfect, fifteen knots,” Sunsail staffer Chris Donahue says at the skipper briefing, held in a two-centuries-old building. Blue Voyage, a Sunsail Jenneau 41, is just as perfect as the winds. …

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Caribbean News: CSA Opens New ORC Office in Antigua

Caribbean Sailing Association Open ORC Office in Antigua The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has opened a new Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) Rating Office in Antigua to serve sailors in the Caribbean region. Starting September 1, 2016, the CSA is authorized …

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Seaboard Marine Optimist North American Championships

Optinams

Nearly 150 junior sailors from 19 countries set sail in the Seaboard Marine Optimist North American Championships (OPTINAMS), hosted July 10 to 18 out of the Antigua Yacht Club in English Harbour, Antigua. Uruguay’s Hernon Umpierre won this continental championship. …

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Caribbean News: 2016 Optimist Championship Antigua

2016 Optimist Championship Antigua

Optimist Championship returns to Antigua One hundred and fifty 10- to 15-year-old junior sailors representing 21 countries will compete in the Seaboard Marine Optimist North American Championship, July 10th to 18th, when this major continental regatta returns to Antigua and Barbuda. …

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