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Preview of Caribbean Regattas: April to December 2017

Les Voiles de Saint-Barth

The Caribbean is best known for its winter and spring regattas. Yet the fun never stops! Caribbean regattas take place nearly every month of the year. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening in the late spring, summer and fall:

April 10 – 15:
Les Voiles de Saint-Barth

Eight Volvo Ocean Race boats, including regatta newcomer VOR 70 Monster Project, are just a few of the expected 80 entries that will race in Maxi, Spinnaker, Melges 24 and Multihull classes. “We’ll feature our same successful formula: four days of racing, one crew party, and one day off at Nikki Beach, along with nightly festivities in the regatta village such as concerts and fireworks,” says organizing director François Tolède. www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com

 

April 13 – 17:
Bequia Easter Regatta

There’s fun on sea and shore. The biggest class is the local double-enders. “Amateur crewed cruising yachts and J/24s are encouraged to attend and race,” invites Richard Ashton, secretary of the host Bequia Sailing Club. Layday crazy craft and sandcastle competitions makes this event family-friendly. www.bequiaregatta.com

 

Bequia Easter Regatta. Photo: Wilfred Dederer
Bequia Easter Regatta. Photo: Wilfred Dederer

 

April 19 – 25:
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

The Caribbean’s premier classic yacht regatta turns 30. New, “we have partnered with Antigua National Parks Authority who will host our regatta in Nelson’s Dockyard, which has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” says press officer Ginny Field. Participating yachts such as Chronos (157ft staysail ketch) and Kairos (109ft staysail schooner) offer spaces on board for the races. antiguaclassics.com

 

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Photo: OceanMedia
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Photo: OceanMedia

 

April 28 – May 1:
West Indies Regatta

Nearly a dozen entries are expected including a three-masted schooner from Bermuda. “This event is about reconnecting the islands with traditional sail. We hope to inspire a resurgence in traditional boatbuilding,” says organizer Alexis Andrews. Venue is the Quai General de Gaulle, Gustavia, St. Barth. westindiesregatta.com

 

West Indies Regatta. Photo: Alexis Andrews
West Indies Regatta. Photo: Alexis Andrews

April 29:
Foxy’s Wooden Boat & Classics Regatta

Calling all wooden boats! A recently added ‘Classics’ class welcomes boats built of any material and designed 30 or more years ago. “Everyone is welcome to participate,” invites organizer Susan Zaluski. foxysbar.com

 

April 29 – May 5:
Antigua Sailing Week

Over 100 hot yachts are expected to race this 50th anniversary event. There’s a hard-cover 160-page coffee table-style commemorative book for sale that’s a must-have. New, according to chairman Kathy Lammers, is a Club Class for less serious racers. “Boats will be given a rating before the first race and rating will be adjusted based on performance every day to help balance out the class.” Afternoon prizing-giving at Antigua Yacht Club and nightly parties. www.sailingweek.com

 

Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua Sailing Week

 

April 30 – May 1:
Booby Island Regatta & Sailing Festival

Up to 20 mono and multihulls will circumnavigate Nevis for the Round de Rock race April 30 then continues with the Booby Island Cup May 1. “This in an ego free regatta that anyone can enter and anyone can win,” says organizer Miles Denne. After parties at Chrishi Beach Club and Nevis Yacht Club. www.boobyislandregatta.com

 

Booby Island Regatta & Sailing Festival
Booby Island Regatta & Sailing Festival

June 12 – 18:
International Optimist Regatta

Over 100 junior sailors from the Caribbean, U.S, and world are expected at the clinic, team race and three-day regatta, sponsored by EMS Virgin Islands and TOTE Maritime, says regatta director Ann Nicolosi. Reserve charter boats by 31 May 2017 (www.optistuff.com). www.styc.club/international-optimist- regatta

 

International Optimist Regatta. Credit Dean Barnes
International Optimist Regatta. Credit Dean Barnes

August 4 – 7:
Carriacou Regatta

Fifty-five plus boats in ten classes are expected to compete, including local small open boats, long open boats and stern boats, as well as lasers, Optimists and large and small sloops. “With the keen sailing competition that exists between the Carriacou Sloops and Antigua Sloops, we are working to ensure the attendance of the Antigua boats this year,” says director Karl Benjamin. Shoreside activities include fetes, parades and prize-giving. grenadagrenadines.com/plan/events/annual- carriacou-regatta/#.WKscSzsrLIU

 

Carriacou Regatta
Carriacou Regatta

August 18 – 20:
Aruba International Regatta

Over 50 sails will be on the water in classes like Optimists, windsurfers, sunfish, beach cats and racing yachts, all in view of the beach for great spectating at the regatta village on Surfside Beach. “Since we received Silver Certification from Sailors for the Sea last year, we are inspired to do more in sustainability and go for the Gold,” says director Eric Mijts. aruba-regatta.com

 

 

Aruba International Regatta
Aruba International Regatta

 

August 19 – 20: Round Grenada Regatta

This small, no-rules, family regatta features a sail to Carriacou one day and back to Grenada the next. “There is a party in Carriacou and final prize-giving at Le Phare Bleu Marina in Grenada,” says Daniela Froehlich. www.pcycgrenada.com

 

Round Grenada Regatta – La Diablesse (left) and Shakin’. Photo: Pattie Hall.
Round Grenada Regatta – La Diablesse (left) and Shakin’. Photo: Pattie Hall.

 

November 3 – 5:
Discover the Caribbean

Fifty boats are expected, including more IC24s. “We’ll give the cruising classes the longer courses they like,” says organizer David Kerr. The sunset beach party on November 3 is not to miss. www.ponce yachtandfishingclub.com

 

Discover the Caribbean Regatta. Photo: Carlos Lee
Discover the Caribbean Regatta. Photo: Carlos Lee

 

November 10 – 12:
St. Croix International Regatta

Inside the bay, over 40-plus Optimists will race, while in the Buck Island channel 30 Racing, Non-Spinnaker and one-design Rhodes 19s compete. Traditional Rum and Gatorade Prize-giving weigh-ins for the adults and kids. Shoreside activities include a pig roast and parties. www.stcroixyc.com 

 

St. Croix International Regatta – 2016 winner Captain Nick with all the Rhodes 19 sailors at the awards ceremony. Photo: Ellen Sanpere
St. Croix International Regatta – 2016 winner Captain Nick with all the Rhodes 19 sailors at the awards ceremony. Photo: Ellen Sanpere

 

November 30 – December 3:
Mango Bowl Regatta

“We expect to welcome 35 boats this year to the best conditions and race course in the region,” says organizer Lily Bergasse. A Saturday night social fete is planned at host, St. Lucia Yacht Club on Reduit Beach. stluciayacht club.com

 

St. Lucia – Digicel Mango Bowl Regatta
St. Lucia – Digicel Mango Bowl Regatta

November 30 – December 3:
Carlos Aguilar Match Race

The WIM Series competitors will be back to race, according to organizer, Henry Menin. Top ranked women skippers from around the world match race aboard IC24s in St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie harbor. www.carlosmatchrace.com

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