A new all-star crew is heading up Antigua’s Classic Yacht Regatta, set for April 17 to 29, 2019. Elected in November were chairman Carlo Falcone, vice-chairman Cameron Fraser, Antigua Yacht Club commodore Franklyn Braithwaite, competitor liaison officer Tommy Paterson, treasurer Janie Easton, financial advisor Don Ward, and program editor, social media and sponsor liaison, Gilly Gobinet. Collectively, the eye on the prize for all Steering Committee members is competitor’s happiness, according to regatta press officer, Ginny Fields. This means a greater focus on what happens on the water, such as the introduction of windward starts and new courses to make racing safer and more challenging. The definition of classic boat eligibility for registration is under review too, with in the meantime a new Dragon class added for 2019.
“We will still be holding our very popular shore-based parties and social events, such as Music Night and the Sea Shanty Competition, and other traditional events that celebrate this unique and world-class event,” says Fields.
Several yachts had already expressed interest in or registered for the 2019 event by the beginning of January. These include Chronos, a 157-foot 2012-built Klaus Order staysail ketch; Columbia, a 141-foot 2009-constructed Gloucester fishing schooner; Mary Rose, a Herreshoff schooner built in 1925 at 64.5-feet; Sumuran, a 118-foot 1914-launched William Fife ketch; Xarifa, a Samuel White three-masted schooner from finished in 1927 and 163-feet in length; the brand new 2018-launched 44-foot Dykstra Leonardo yacht, Willpower; and ACYR steering committee chairman Falcone’s beautifully restored 1936-constructed 79-foot Alfred Mylne yawl, Mariella. www.antiguaclassics.com/registration/