50th Antigua Sailing Week 

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50th Antigua Sailing Week will take place from April 29 to May 5, 2017. An astounding number of sailors from around the world have descended on Antigua to celebrate the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week, where over 150 teams will race on a huge variety of yachts. With Antigua Sailing Week celebrating 50 years, it is also important to note this year’s theme: “Old Traditions, New Ways.” As the Antigua Sailing Week site reports, “sailing is now a part of the school curriculum in Antigua and Barbuda and many young Antiguan sailors will be participating this year, racing with their heroes, but also learning how to win by themselves.” After the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race, which took place on Friday, April 28, and Saturday’s (April 29) Peters & May Round Antigua Race, five days of racing at Antigua Sailing Week will begin on Sunday, April 30.

[Photo above: 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com, from https://www.sailingweek.com/the-world-of-sailing-comes-to-antigua-sailing-week/.]

Here are excerpts from the Antigua Sailing Week site:

About 1,500 competitors from 32 countries will enjoy five days of world class racing, preceded by the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race and the Peters & May Round Antigua Race. Thousands more will join in the party celebrations, with seven beach days and party nights, including internationally acclaimed artist Damian Marley heading an all-star line-up for Reggae in the Park in the historic Nelson’s Dockyard.

[. . .] The Caribbean islands are well represented at Antigua Sailing Week with teams from: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, St Barths, St Maarten and Trinidad [Puerto Rico, too!]. Antiguan hopes of winning will be lit up by a pack of well-sailed teams. Among them are two skippers, who have lifted the Lord Nelson Trophy at the last two events. 2016 winner, Jonty Layfield is back with a new Sleeper, a classic Swan 48, which has a pedigree of winning events all over Europe. Sir Hugh Bailey won the Lord Nelson Trophy for Antigua in 2016 and returns this year with his team racing his new boat, a Farr 45, Rebel. Antigua’s Bernie Evan-Wong won the best Caribbean boat in 2014 and will be racing his RP 37, TAZ again this year.

From St. Maarten, the duelling knights, Sir Robbie Ferron with Micron 99, Ossenfeffer and Sir Bobby Velasquez with L’Esperance are always up for a battle, as are Ben Jelic’s radical custom Kiwi 35, Wild Devil and Fritz Bus’ Melges 24, Island Waterworld. From St. Barths, Dave Cullen’s Royal Irish team racing J/109, Pocket Rocket came within a whisker of lifting the Lord Nelson Trophy in 2014 and will be a force to reckon with. From the Barbados YC, Peter Lewis’ J/105, Whistler is a proven winner as is the Bajan TP52 Conviction, skippered by Clint Brooks. [. . .]

For full article, see https://www.sailingweek.com/the-world-of-sailing-comes-to-antigua-sailing-week/

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