The Anguilla Regatta this month promises to be another great weekend of racing for sailors throughout the Caribbean. Exciting yacht courses, a racing schedule that ensures that participants can reach their home ports earlier on the last day of racing and great evening entertainment all guarantee another successful event. Spectators get to see the fleet of yachts under full sail as they round marks near Meads Bay on the island’s west end.
Once again, the Regatta will include the 12 meter yachts formerly used in America’s Cup Racing. Stars and Stripes and True North will be the battleground for the “Battle of the Banks” and the “Resort Race,” both highly competitive challenges between two prominent local banks in the morning and two of our most popular resorts in the afternoon. On Sunday, for $100 per person, the 12 Meter Yachts go public and anyone who wants to feel the excitement of racing can become part of the crew for the day.
Anguilla Regatta has found its place in the Caribbean regatta circuit and has attracted sailors from all over the world. Many participants attend for the opportunity to sail in the local Anguilla boats while others use the regatta as an excuse to spend a few days in beautiful Anguilla.
The Regatta is being hosted by the Anguilla Sailing Association (ASA) and the Anguilla Tourist Board, along with administrative support provided by St. Maarten Yacht Club. The ASA was created in 2003 when the founders of the regatta determined that the event would grow from year to year and an organization was needed to take it to the next level.
The ASA is also the parent organization of the Anguilla Youth Sailing Club. Their mandate is to provide all Anguilla children with the opportunity to sail while learning seamanship, boat safety, environmentalism, and leadership skills. The children of Anguilla today are growing up in an environment that offers a limited number of wholesome activities that foster confidence and self-worth. Having an opportunity to participate in what is an international sport as well as embracing the national sport of Anguilla is vital to the future of our youth.
The Anguilla Regatta is a major fund-raising event in support of the AYSC. The ASA welcomes donations in support of the Regatta or directly to the Anguilla Youth Sailing Club. Arrangements have been made through the Anguilla Progressive Association of New York (APANY) that will allow contributions from US citizens to be tax deductible in the United States.
For regatta registration information: www.anguillaregatta.com, or contact ASA: Tel: (264) 584-SAIL (7245), Fax: (801) 705-3877.
Preview submitted by Anguilla Sailing Association