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Antigua’s UK Sailing Day Regatta

Calm waters and no trade winds in sight

Competitors and spectators enjoyed Caribbean-like weather at the St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s ‘Antigua Sailing Day Regatta’, at Lackford Lake, near the English town of Bury St Edmunds, on 24 June. This was the 6th running of the event, …

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Spanish Virgin Islands 100

Sergio Sagramoso’s winning Grand Soleil 58 Lazy Dog. Photos by Carlos Lee

Distance races are a hot trend in Caribbean racing. Witness the phenomenal popularity and record attendance of Antigua’s RORC Caribbean 600 and most recent inaugural 165-mile Full Moon Race in the BVI. Puerto Rico’s Borinquen Island Sailing Association (BRISA) revived …

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New Double-Handed Class to Feature at Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua Sailing Week

In view of the ever growing demand for double-handed racing, the organizers of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) are pleased to announce 2019 will benefit from the addition of a new double-handed class.  Double-handed racing by its nature is all about crew stamina and how to …

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International Optimist Regatta: Peter Foley Wins

The USA’s Peter Foley, 2018 IOR/EMS winner

Speed and tactics proved the winning combination that led 13-year-old Peter Foley to place first overall at the 26th International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS) Virgin Islands, and hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club …

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More Than a Flash of Lightning

For the first time since becoming a country, Sint Maarten is sending a sailing team to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, where they will compete in the Lightning class.  Garth Steyn, President of the Sint Maarten Sailing Federation …

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Antigua to host Caribbean Dinghy Championship

The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) is delighted to announce that the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Dinghy Championship (CDC) will be hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club (AYC), in association with the National Sailing Academy (NSA) in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. The two-day regatta …

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St. Thomas International Regatta: Time for Winners!

In the pink! Touch2Play, CSA Spinnaker 2 class winner

Great racing is what the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) is renowned for. This year, the 45th annual, held only seven months after two Category 5 hurricanes, certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, there were close scores in all classes and …

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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta: Honoring Age and Beauty

Near miss between schooner Columbia and Sweetheart. Photos by Jan Hein

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (ACYR) proudly began a fourth decade of showcasing maritime history and tradition during six days of high-spirited races between some of the world’s most stunning yachts. The energy in Falmouth Harbour spiked as each entry …

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Martinique Flying Regatta, a spectacular new event 

Organized by the Martinique Tourism Authority (MTA), the Martinique Flying Regatta will take place from 17 to 24 November 2018. It will be the world’s signature international foiling event. “We are very proud to hold this groundbreaking race,” said Martinique Tourism …

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Rigs Explained, Mocked, & Pondered

Fatty’s first boat was a wooden double-ender sloop purchased when he was 15 years old

Chances are your boat has the rig it needs. If it doesn’t—buy a new boat, don’t replace the rig. Alas, there are many misconceptions about various rig configurations. Thus, I feel it might be fun to add to the misinformation.  …

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Antigua Sailing Week: Renascence

Frank Loubaresse’s French Sunfast 3600 Twinl-Jaws 2

One hundred and sixteen teams from 37 different countries raced in the 51st edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Strong trade winds blew all week delivering heaven-sent conditions to over 1,000 competitors.  Sir Peter Harrison’s superyacht Sojana was awarded the coveted …

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Regatta Preview – June to December: Race On!

Discover the Caribbean Dinghy Regatta. Photo: Carlos Lee

The winter and early spring are known as ‘regatta season’ in the Caribbean. Yet there are competitive sailing events in the summer and fall too. Here is a sampling of what’s happening, where and how to join in the fun. …

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