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Round Antigua Race and Antigua Sailing Week InShore Races

Antigua y Barbuda
  • Event date: 29/04/2023
  • Event end: 05/05/2023
  • When: APR-JUN
  • Duration: 1 week

Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua Sailing Week is considered one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas, is held annually at the end of April and will commence with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on the Saturday. Following that will be five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua, which will wrap up on the Friday.

A race for every one

Well over 100 yachts participate each year, ranging in size from 24 feet to over 100 feet. The Regatta attracts all types of yachts from serious racing boats including state-of-the-art, high-tech racing machines to a variety of performance cruising and cruising boats and even features a Club Class for less serious racers who want to be part of the on-the-water action.

Diverse Fleet Antigua Sailing Week

The sight of all these yachts is unforgettable, both from vantage points on the shore and from spectator boats carrying onlookers alongside the races. The reputation of Antigua Sailing Week allows the event to attract some of the world’s top racing and performance cruising boats and some of the most famous professional sailors in the world.  You don’t need a high-tech boat to participate.

What can you expect?

perfect tradewinds

epic parties

top level racing

Antigua Sailing Week is the longest-running sailing regatta in the Caribbean and is still one of the best-loved races worldwide.

Antigua Sailing Week 2022
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

2500 – 6900 €

Below you find the 2022 schedule. The 2023 schedule has to be announced.

Saturday 30 April

  • Roadrunners Cycling Chase the Race, Race starts at 6 am
  • Peters & May Round Antigua Race, Race Starts from 8 am (we only compete on request of a team for a whole boat charter)
  • Official Bareboat Skippers Briefing, Nelsons Dockyard 3 pm
  • Peters & May Round Antigua Race Prize Giving & Official ASW Opening, Starts at 6 pm, Wear team shirts or outfits for the chance to win spot prizes.

Sunday 1 May

  • Shirley Heights Lookout Breakfast, 8 am – 11 am local breakfast and the best place to watch the starts
  • English Harbour Race Day 1 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Monday 2 May

  • Race Day 2 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Tuesday 3 May

  •  Race Day 3 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Wednesday 4 May

  • Lay Day, 12 pm Pigeon Point Beach

Thursday 5 May

  • Race Day 4 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Friday 6 May

  • Race Day 5 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am
  • Final Awards Ceremony, Prizes at 7 pm

Saturday 7 May

  • National Parks Authority Dockyard Day
  • The beating of the Retreat at 5.15 pm

Social activities are subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols.

Notice of Race Antigua Sailing Week 2022

Antigua Sailing Week Atmosphere

For five days crews are challenged with a variety of coastal race courses encouraging tacking duels around the buoys – all in the picture-perfect setting of the deep blue Caribbean Sea off Antigua’s south coast with the ever-present trade winds. The idyllic racing is enhanced by sailors retiring to Antigua Yacht Club for passionate post-race analysis and daily prize-givings which carry on into the evening. Hundreds of locals and visitors will continue partying well into the late hours but yacht crews know there is another day of racing so they leave the late-night revelry for the others to finish.

Final Awards

After the week of ever-exciting racing, Antigua Sailing Week draws to a close in the romantic historic Nelson’s Dockyard with the final awards presentation attended by owners, skippers and crews, with their friends, well-wishers and race officials, alongside Antigua’s government representatives including the Governor-General to present the awards.

Dockyard Day

This exciting event is followed the next day by Dockyard Day and the Beating of the Retreat as the Antiguan flag is lowered to signal the close of Antigua Sailing Week for yet another year.  It is a truly fitting end to a week of glorious racing.

Island Information

Here you can find information about Getting There, Accommodation, Dining, Tours & Excursions, Marina’s, Customs & Immigration.

The Government has announced that from October 1st, 2021, all incoming visitors to Antigua and Barbuda must be vaccinated and must be in a possession of a negative COVID-19 Real-Time PCR Test taken with 4 days of travel (if by boat from the date of departure from the previous destination).

The Antigua Sailing Week website has relevant links to advisories, protocols and restrictions. The link is here: https://www.sailingweek.com/regatta-covid-updates/

Covid-19 certified accommodation

We highly recommend participants and spectators, who have already decided to attend, look into booking their Covid-19 certified accommodation extra early. While most hotels & villas are no more than 30 minutes away from the racing venues off Falmouth & English Harbour – availability for the closest most convenient locations will go fast.  To assist you in your search, the Ministry of Tourism have listed the properties and businesses which meet the safety and protocol requirements here.

Boats
Program

Below you find the 2022 schedule. The 2023 schedule has to be announced.

Saturday 30 April

  • Roadrunners Cycling Chase the Race, Race starts at 6 am
  • Peters & May Round Antigua Race, Race Starts from 8 am (we only compete on request of a team for a whole boat charter)
  • Official Bareboat Skippers Briefing, Nelsons Dockyard 3 pm
  • Peters & May Round Antigua Race Prize Giving & Official ASW Opening, Starts at 6 pm, Wear team shirts or outfits for the chance to win spot prizes.

Sunday 1 May

  • Shirley Heights Lookout Breakfast, 8 am – 11 am local breakfast and the best place to watch the starts
  • English Harbour Race Day 1 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Monday 2 May

  • Race Day 2 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Tuesday 3 May

  •  Race Day 3 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Wednesday 4 May

  • Lay Day, 12 pm Pigeon Point Beach

Thursday 5 May

  • Race Day 4 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am

Friday 6 May

  • Race Day 5 & Daily Prize Giving, Race starts from 10 am
  • Final Awards Ceremony, Prizes at 7 pm

Saturday 7 May

  • National Parks Authority Dockyard Day
  • The beating of the Retreat at 5.15 pm

Social activities are subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols.

Notice of Race Antigua Sailing Week 2022

ASW Races

Antigua Sailing Week Atmosphere

For five days crews are challenged with a variety of coastal race courses encouraging tacking duels around the buoys – all in the picture-perfect setting of the deep blue Caribbean Sea off Antigua’s south coast with the ever-present trade winds. The idyllic racing is enhanced by sailors retiring to Antigua Yacht Club for passionate post-race analysis and daily prize-givings which carry on into the evening. Hundreds of locals and visitors will continue partying well into the late hours but yacht crews know there is another day of racing so they leave the late-night revelry for the others to finish.

Final Awards

After the week of ever-exciting racing, Antigua Sailing Week draws to a close in the romantic historic Nelson’s Dockyard with the final awards presentation attended by owners, skippers and crews, with their friends, well-wishers and race officials, alongside Antigua’s government representatives including the Governor-General to present the awards.

Dockyard Day

This exciting event is followed the next day by Dockyard Day and the Beating of the Retreat as the Antiguan flag is lowered to signal the close of Antigua Sailing Week for yet another year.  It is a truly fitting end to a week of glorious racing.

Tips

Island Information

Here you can find information about Getting There, Accommodation, Dining, Tours & Excursions, Marina’s, Customs & Immigration.

The Government has announced that from October 1st, 2021, all incoming visitors to Antigua and Barbuda must be vaccinated and must be in a possession of a negative COVID-19 Real-Time PCR Test taken with 4 days of travel (if by boat from the date of departure from the previous destination).

The Antigua Sailing Week website has relevant links to advisories, protocols and restrictions. The link is here: https://www.sailingweek.com/regatta-covid-updates/

Covid-19 certified accommodation

We highly recommend participants and spectators, who have already decided to attend, look into booking their Covid-19 certified accommodation extra early. While most hotels & villas are no more than 30 minutes away from the racing venues off Falmouth & English Harbour – availability for the closest most convenient locations will go fast.  To assist you in your search, the Ministry of Tourism have listed the properties and businesses which meet the safety and protocol requirements here.

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