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Caribbean Regatta Calendar: April to November

West Indies Regatta where tradition rules. Photo courtesy of West Indies Regatta
West Indies Regatta where tradition rules. Photo courtesy of West Indies Regatta

The Caribbean sailing calendar is just getting warmed up come spring. Here’s a sample of regattas that take place throughout late spring, summer and early fall.

April 8-13: Les Voiles de St. Barth
New this year are longer racing days, different courses, improved shore-side entertainment and a 50 percent reduction on dockage fees. Fifty to 60 yachts, including Blue Peter, Wild Horses and Saphaedra in the classics class. “The quality and diversity of the entries, the range in the race courses and the St. Barths vibe is what makes this regatta special,” says competition manager, Annelisa Gee. www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/site/us

April 8-13: Oyster Regatta
Twenty to 25 Oyster yachts ranging in size from 45 to 82-feet will race around Grenada with an overnight stop at Le Phare Bleu and a prize giving party at Port Louis. “We held our spring regatta here two years ago and the warmth and breadth of the reception was exceptional,” says Oyster CEO, David Tydeman. “We are looking forward to returning to Grenada for the 31st Oyster Regatta.” www.oystermarine.com

April 18-23: Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Bolero is returning as is the newly rebuilt Adventuress and newly restored Dione. From 50 to 60 yachts are expected. “The regatta is unique in that likeminded people get together to show off their lovely boats, and appreciate the crafts and craftsmen that keep these old classics alive and floating,” explains Kenny Coombs. EFG Bank and Maine on the Rocks join major sponsors Panerai and Mt. Gay. www.antiguaclassics.com

April 22-May 3: 5O5 Worlds
Hot on the heels of a successful Fireball Worlds in 2010, the Barbados Yacht Club will host the 505 Worlds. The 505 is a double-handed, high-performance, one-design boat. Nearly 100 teams from the U.S., Europe and Australia are expected. www.int505.org

April 27-May 3: Antigua Sailing Week (ASW)
New is the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge to be held off Pigeon Beach on Lay Day, May 1st.This invitational event features eight high-profile racing skippers and crews racing in heats to determine the overall winner of a week’s accommodation for two at Nonsuch Bay Resort, including unlimited use of all sailing equipment and facilities. Some 120 yachts are expected for ASW including Sojana, Jaguar and local favorites High Tension, Biwi Magic and Hugo B. “The race courses have been fine-tuned to keep up with the changing times and sailors of all levels are guaranteed excellent racing,” says regatta organizing committee chairman, Kathy Lammers. www.sailingweek.com

May 3-5: West Indies Regatta
Sweetheart (Antigua), Tradition (Anguilla), Expectation (St. Lucia) and the new 2013-launched Alwyn Enoe Carriacou Sloop are a few of the dozen entries expected into the Port de Gustavia, St. Barths. “The regatta reconnects the islands once again with traditional sail and promotes the art of Caribbean boat building,” says organizer, Alexis Andrews. New is an Island Market & Arts Fair showcasing regional arts crafts and organic produce, with all goods arriving by sail. www.westindiesregatta.com


Triskell Guadeloupe and Dominica Tour. Photo courtesy of Association le Triskell
Triskell Guadeloupe and Dominica Tour. Photo courtesy of Association le Triskell

May 8-12: Triskell Guadeloupe and Dominica Tour
The traditional Around Guadeloupe regatta expands this year, says organizer Jean Michel Marziou, “to include a stop in Portsmouth, Dominica, as well as stops in Marie Galante and Les Saintes.” Forty boats are expected to join this nautical event that combines racing with sight-seeing, sport and other festivities. www.triskellcup.com

May 10-12: Anguilla Regatta
Nearly 30 boats from St. Maarten, St. Barths and surrounding islands will set sail. Production boats as well as the Anguilla A and B Class racing boats, which have a distinct open hull design, massive mainsails that extend beyond the stern, removable ballast and up to 14 crew, will compete. “Our regatta has always been one of the most popular events among sailors who appreciate the traditional Caribbean regatta where you can have great sailing and great fun in a safe laid back environment,” says president of the Anguilla Sailing Association, Donald Curtis. The regatta is a fundraiser for the non-profit Anguilla Youth Sailing Club. Dates for 2014 will move to mid-February. www.anguillaregatta.com

May 17-19: Captain Oliver’s Regatta
Thirty to 35 yachts, including beach cats, will race in six classes out of picturesque Oyster Pond. In addition, spectator friendly Optimist dinghy racing for youth sailors will take place one afternoon. “Several attractive packages for yacht rental and hotel stay are available for the weekend,” says organizer, Rikke Speetjens. www.coyc-sxm.com

May 25-27: Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta
Traditional wooden boats as well as ‘Classic plastics’ (production boats 30-plus years old), are invited to race this two-day regatta between the West End of Tortola and Jost Van Dyke. Sailors enjoy a barbecue at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar. Those who’d like to help organize are welcome too. For information, email: [email protected] ship.com

June 17-23: International Optimist Regatta (IOR)
(Presented by Negawatt Business Solutions)
There’s a new regatta sponsor, but the same high-caliber and highly-fun event. “Three clinic days, a one team race day and three race days for beginner and advanced sailors makes the IOR one of the instructive and competitive junior sailing regattas,” says organizer, Margo Lynch. “Plus, it’s a great way to tune-up skills for the Optimist North Americans a month later in Bermuda.” www.styc.net

July 6-7: Barbados National J24 Championships’ Finale
The sixth and final leg of the Jaguar/Land Rover-sponsored series concludes this weekend with the Harris Paints Regatta. Up for grabs, says president of the J24 Club of Barbados, Greg Webster, “is the right to be called national champions. www.j24barbados.com

October 6-12: 46th Bonaire International Sailing Regatta
Everyone from Racing, Cruising and Multihulls to Optimists, Beach Cats and even local Fishing boats are welcome to enter. Racing takes place in Kralendijk Bay, with nightly themed activities ashore. www.bonaireregatta.org

November 15-17: Caribbean Dinghy Championships
Eight to ten teams from around the Caribbean will sail out of the Antigua Yacht Club and in the nice flat water inside Falmouth Harbour. “This event brings together teams from around the entire Caribbean region to race in different dinghy fleets with excellent competition and great camaraderie,” says Caribbean Sailing Association president, Peter Holmberg. www.caribbean-sailing.com

November 15-23: 20th Aruba Catamaran Regatta
Billed as the ‘ultimate Caribbean catamaran holiday’, experienced racers as well as recreational sailors from North America and Europe enjoy great competition, with plenty of activities ashore for non-sailing family members. www.arubaregatta.com

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.

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