Two of the Caribbean’s iconic regattas have changed dates to encourage even greater participation. Both are based in Antigua. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua (SYCA) has jumped back to March 11 to 15, 2020, from its traditional January time slot, and the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (ACYR) has moved up in the month to April 1 to 7, 2020.
“The change in date is better for all sorts of reasons including the fact that in late January accommodation in English Harbour is very much in demand,” comments Paul Deeth, SYCA committee head. “The 2020 regatta will be held just before St. Barths Bucket, when many superyachts are already in race mode, and they can come and have a regatta with us before the bucket. The format of racing and parties will be the same, but we also have a provision to include a Round Antigua Race, should conditions permit.”
The 10th anniversary edition of the SYCA is set to be a record breaking one with 15 yachts including five J-class yachts expressing interest in attending.
As for the ACYR, “the committee decided to change the dates because of the trend of shortening of the Caribbean season for many yachts,” says regatta press officer, Ginny Fields. “This is so they can sail back to Europe and North America sooner in the spring than previously with more accurate weather forecasting enabling them to do so. A survey among our regular entrants was overwhelmingly in support of this date change.”
For 2020, all ACYR races will start in Rendezvous Bay, directed from a Committee Boat. The Dragon Challenge will also be included again. Locman Watches, based in Italy, has come aboard as the ACYR’s main sponsor. superyachtchallengeantigua.com, www.antiguaclassics.com