Since 2018, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, now in its 32nd year, has a new look – a new Committee, new courses, new upwind starts and two new classes.
The traditional Cannon Race has been replaced by a more interesting and safer course and other courses have been modified, all with windward starts designed to suit all classes and sizes of yachts. The race cards will be handed out at Registration on Wednesday 17th April.
The Dragon Class, last included in 2009, has been re-introduced. These sleek, 8.9m one-design boats are true classics, over 80 years old. The basic design of the long keel and elegant metre-boat lines remains unchanged but today’s Dragons are constructed using the latest technology to make the boats durable and easy to maintain. The appeal of the Dragon lies chiefly in the well-balanced sail plan coupled with a highly flexible and controllable rig.
A totally new class, to include and to encourage the more recent classic yachts, is entitled Historic pre-1976. Yachts designed and built before this date in any material with any keel configuration are eligible, such as certain Sparkman and Stephens designs or Nautor’s Swan and Baltic. Applications will be considered by the Steering Committee whose decision is final regarding acceptance or rejection. Meanwhile the Registration process has been much simplified and the rating system made more transparent. Register now at www.antiguaclassics.com/registration/
Recent entries include the magnificent 1936 Fife Eilean, rescued from Antigua’s mangroves in 2006 by former Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati, who had her restored to her former glory and triumphant return to Antigua in 2012
Meanwhile the traditional Parade of the Classics after Race 3 on Sunday 21st April in English Harbour will take place as usual together with the every successful Sea Shanty Competition and Open Mic Night for which musicians and singers from participating boats – and from those who are just there for the fun and the spectacle – are invited to contribute.
The Concours d’Elégance and the Classic Single-Handed Race continue to be held on the Thursday (19th April) and Gig Racing and Cream Teas at the Admiral’s Inn on the last day will round off the event with plenty of fun, rum and relaxation.
Of course a Caribbean regatta without beer is a contradiction in terms, so we are delighted to have Mount Gay Rum and Carib Beer as our sponsors to satisfy the thirst and whet the whistle. Digicel is our Internet provider and Antigua Yacht Club Marina, together with West Indies Oil Company, are our dockage sponsors. Lyman-Morse Boatyard and Sailing Classics are also sponsors, with Mill Reef Yacht Club as our Clothing Sponsor and Admiral’s Inn, Nelson’s Dockyard the Concours d’Elégance sponsor. We are also fortunate in having the Friends of Antigua, a group of anonymous benefactors that contribute regularly to the smooth running of this illustrious Regatta. Classic Boat Magazine (UK) and WoodenBoat Magazine (USA) are our international media sponsors and we have many generous local sponsors who help make it all work.
So sign-up now and come and join us for some glorious racing one some of the world’s most spectacular yachts in the company of like-minded people!
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