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Thrill of the Race – Antigua Sailing Week 2024

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Ask any sail racer and they’ll probably tell you their favourite races in the Caribbean take place during Antigua Sail Week.  

It stands out as a, perhaps  the, premier regatta in the Caribbean.

Established sailors and well-known boats featured in glossy sailing magazines emerge from their retreats to gather for a round of authentic racing.

And I’ve got something of a claim to fame association with it as my father-in-law, Andy Copeland, was one of the founders of English Harbour Yacht Club in 1967 which later became Antigua Yacht Club! The club has served to promote the sport of sailing including, but not limited to Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, RORC Caribbean 600, the Superyacht Cup Antigua, weekly dinghy racing and youth sailing programs ever since. Cool huh!

Antigua Sailing Week holds a prominent place on the Caribbean sailing calendar, attracting sailors from around the world to the breathtaking waters of Antigua and Barbuda.

In 2024 the dates are 25 April – 03 May 2024

Duration: 7 nights –

We have a couple of exciting opportunities to join sailboats of different sizes taking part in the races. Participation ranges from 1,900 – 4,800 EUR per person depending on the vessel and entry. There are discounts available for group bookings.

The event schedule typically looks like:
* April 25, 2024: Welcome, introduction and training
* April 26, 2024: Training, crew party
* April 27, 2024: Boat preparation and race briefing (no sailing)
* April 28, 2024 – April 30, 2024: Races
* May 1, 2024: Lay day – enjoy the beach clubs and sun
* May 2nd, 2024 – May 3rd, 2024: Races
* May 3rd, 2024: official awards ceremony

This event spans five days, offering a schedule filled with competitive racing. Known for its closely contested and strategic races, the courses wind around the picturesque coastline of Antigua. The regatta draws a diverse fleet, ranging from small local boats to high-performance racing yachts and luxurious superyachts.

Yet, Antigua Sailing Week transcends mere sailing competition. The onshore activities are integral to the event’s charm. Each day of racing concludes with a lively party featuring live music, dancing, and a diverse array of local cuisine and beverages. The atmosphere is vibrant, and the camaraderie among sailors and spectators is unmistakable.

If you’d like full details just get in touch! Places are limited so don’t delay!

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Hi I’m Larissa, Founder of Another World Adventures. Welcome! If you’re planning an adventure you’re in the right place. Get ready to discover epic travel inspo and a collection of hand-picked trips from my trusted network of experienced adventure experts. Think unusual destinations, expeditions, slow, solo and sustainable travel and epic journeys on land and at sea! Ever got a question? Just get in touch, I answer every enquiry myself. Enjoy!

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