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Regatta Preview: April to November 2016

Les Voiles St. Barth
Regatta Preview April to November: Les Voiles St. Barth
Les Voiles St. Barth

There are one or more major Caribbean regattas nearly every month of the year. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening from April to November.


April 11th – 16th
Les Voiles de Saint-Barth
Celebrity sailors and sailboats, including America’s Cup veteran Peter Isler and Olympic medalist Charlie Ogletree on the Swan 90, Odin, join an expected fleet of 80 boats. The star-studded fun continues onshore with nightly parties at the Race Village on the Quai Général de Gaulle in Gustavia. www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com


Regatta Preview April to November: Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Photo: Tim Wright / photoaction.com
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Photo: Tim Wright / photoaction.com

April 13th – 19th
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
All eyes will be on Columbia, a 141ft replica of a 1923-built Gloucester fishing schooner launched in 2014, as it’s her first time in the Caribbean. Columbia will be one of nearly 60 traditional, spirit of tradition, vintage and classic yachts competing. New, “we are screening the award-winning film Vanishing Sail about the building of Carriacou sloops and filmed by Antiguan resident Alexis Andrews on April 17th in Nelson’s Dockyard,” says press officer Ginny Field. antiguaclassics.com


Regatta Preview April to November: Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua Sailing Week

April 23rd – 29th
Antigua Sailing Week
New race management promises spectacular competition for the 110 to 120 yachts competing in racing, racing and cruising multihull and bareboat classes. “Stuart Childerley, highly experienced as both a sailor and a PRO on the international racing circuit, brings fresh ideas and a wealth of experience and knowledge,” says chairperson Kathy Lammers. “We will also have some new courses to provide additional variety in the racing and may have more races for some classes on some days.” www.sailingweek.com


Regatta Preview April to November: West Indies Regatta
West Indies Regatta

April 28th – May 1st
West Indies Regatta
Eight to ten island sloops and schooners from Anguilla, Antigua, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Carriacou and Grenada sail to St. Barths for a ‘Reconnecting of the Islands with Traditional Sail’. “This year we overlap with the Transat 2GR who will be taking over the main dock,” says organizer Alexis Andrews. “This gives us the wonderful opportunity to reconnect with our own humble beginnings and be back on the Museum Dock (Wall House). westindiesregatta.com


April 30th – May 2nd
Booby Island Regatta
Taking part is far more important than winning in this small, intimate ‘gentleman’s’ regatta. “Although we take the organization and safety very seriously, the racing itself is meant to be fun and accessible to all, regardless of skills and experience,” says organizer Jonni Murphy, of the host Nevis Yacht Club. Races include an inter-island sprint, a staggered start course around Booby Island and a time trial circumnavigation of Nevis. www.BoobyIslandRegatta.com


Regatta Preview April to November: Interesting spinnaker set in the Anguilla Regatta. Photo: OceanMedia
Interesting spinnaker set in the Anguilla Regatta. Photo: OceanMedia

May 6th – 8th
Anguilla Regatta
Over two dozen racing, cruising and multihulls will race. “Our regatta is professionally organized with the same committee that runs the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, but it has a home-grown, relaxed atmosphere that harkens back to an era when regattas revolved around friendly competition, sailing camaraderie and just plain fun,” said organizer Donald Curtis. Proceeds benefit the Anguilla Sailing Association. Parties nightly in Sandy Ground. www.anguillaregatta.com


Regatta Preview April to November: Barbados Regatta
Barbados Regatta


May 13th – 15th
Barbados May Regatta
A very competitive class of a dozen or more J/24s, plus racing, cruising and catamaran classes compete in Carlisle Bay. “We are going to have a two-day regatta due to the hosting of the GP14 World Championships at the end of March beginning of April,” says organizer Penny McIntyre. www.sailbarbados.com


May 27th – 29th
Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta
Twenty-five boats in wooden and open classes continue the tradition. “The West End Yacht Club supports a special race on Saturday that ends at Foxy’s Taboo in Diamond Cay with a Pirates Booty theme awards party,” says WEYC commodore, Louis Schwartz. foxysbar.com


June 17th – 19th
International Optimist Regatta
Nearly 100 junior sailors from more than ten countries will race this regatta, now sponsored by EMS Virgin Islands (Electronic Merchant Services). “This is a great warm-up for the North Americans in Antigua,” says organize, Ann Nicolosi. The Tote Maritime Clinic and Team Race are June 13th-15th and June 16th, respectively. www.styc.club/international-optimist-regatta.html


July 10th – 18th
Seaboard Marine Optimist North American Championship
Junior sailors from the Caribbean, North America and World compete for this top title. Hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club. [email protected]


July 22nd – 24th
Culebra Cup/IC24 World Championships
BRISA (BoRinquen Island Sailing Association) hosts this annual Cup, joined for the first time by a fleet of 15 to 20 IC24s. “It’s a great time for a Worlds due to the big revival happening in the IC24 class,” says organizer Jaime Torres. brisasailing.com


Regatta Preview April to November: Around Grenada Race
Around Grenada Race

August 19th – 21st
Round Grenada Regatta
Over a dozen yachts will race from Le Phare Bleu Marina on Grenada’s south coast to Tyrell Bay, Carriacou. After a night’s layover party, day two brings racers back to Grenada. “An interesting twist is that the sailing directions allow racers to choose to round Grenada clockwise or anti-clockwise,” says host Petite Calivigny Yacht Club organizer Connie Martin. www.pcycgrenada.com


Regatta Preview April to November: Aruba Regatta
Aruba Regatta

August 19th – 21st
Aruba International Regatta
Eighty sails – beach cats, Optimists, windsurfers, Sunfish and micro boats compete off Surfside Beach. “New this year is even more focus on sustainability,” says organizer Eric Mijts. “Since we received Silver Certification from Sailors for the Sea last year, the regatta team has been inspired to do more in this area.” Canoe-demonstrations, SUP, self-built boat demonstrations, micro boat races, bar, food and music ashore. aruba-regatta.com


November 4th-6th
Discover the Caribbean
IC24s will be the hot class along with rising interest in native-built Chalanas. “We are considering longer scenic races for Jib & Main,” says official David Kerr. Hosted by Ponce Yacht & Fishing Club, Puerto Rico. Two weeks later, over 100 juniors sail in the Discover the Caribbean Dinghy Regatta. www.ponceyachtandfishingclub.com


November 11th-13th
St. Croix International Regatta
Adults win their weight in rum, for Opti sailors its Gatorade. “We hope to have around 20 big boats and 35 Optimists,” says organizer Karen Stanton. “The Rhodes 19 Class is very strong here, something like the IC24s in St. Thomas, so that’s exciting. Live bands, fire dancers, and buffets nightly. www.stcroixyc.com


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

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