Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
A regatta which cheers the heart of every sailor. For more than 30 years many of the most beautiful classic sailing yachts meet in Antigua every April. A unique atmosphere in the marina and beautiful pictures on the water. To observe these classic yachts under full sail in the trade wind at close range is a real pleasure.
History Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Back in the 60s, classic yachts in English Harbour had begun chartering and the captains and crews challenged each other to a race down to Guadeloupe at the end of the charter season. From this informal race, Antigua Sailing Week was formed in 1967, and in those days all of the yachts were classic.
However, over the next 24 years, the classic yachts were slowly outnumbered by the faster, sleeker modern racing yachts. A small number of classics still racing in 1987 found themselves grouped with cruising Class 3 which was less than ideal for these hard to manoeuvre full-keeled vessels. And so it came about that Captains Uli Pruesse and Kenny Coombs hosted a meeting with other classic skippers onboard the magnificent schooner Aschanti of Saba and, several rums later, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was born.