Although Barbuda was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, the island of Antigua reported little damage and escaped the monster’s maw virtually unscathed.
According to the Antiguanice.com website, it was full steam ahead as the island geared up for another Caribbean yachting season. They reported all boatyards, marinas, docks and anchorages intact and that for their charter and service companies it was business as usual.
“Planning for our upcoming regatta season continues apace as we look forward to some brilliant sailing and yachting,” the website said.
Franklyn Braithwaite, President of the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association confirmed that the Caribbean is open for business. “Many people have been in touch to check that Antigua is still up and running. We thank them immensely for their concern for our island; we have been lucky. Many people have asked how they can help the affected islands. My best advice is to come to the region in the coming season as planned. I have told people not to change their plans, register early for events and come and enjoy your favorite yachting destinations. That will ensure that our economies continue to receive much needed support throughout the regatta season,” Mr Braithwaite said.
Here is a snapshot of the events Antigua already have planned for what promises to be an unforgettable season:
Antigua Charter Yacht Show
AYC Round the Island Race
Antigua Superyacht Challenge
Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta
10th RORC Caribbean 600
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua to Bermuda Race