Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta: The Sea is the Focus


All at Sea reports on changes to the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, which takes place from April 17 to 23, 2019. Among the changes this year, the regatta is re-introducing the Dragon Class (last included in 2009) and, for the first time, is introducing a new class, Historic pre-1976 yachts. [Among the sponsors for the regatta this year are the Barbados-based Mount Gay Rum and Carib Beer (with breweries in Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago).]

Since 2018, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, now in its 32nd year, has a new look – a new Committee, new courses, new upwind starts and two new classes.

The traditional Cannon Race has been replaced by a more interesting and safer course and other courses have been modified, all with windward starts designed to suit all classes and sizes of yachts. The race cards will be handed out at Registration on Wednesday 17th April.

[. . .] The Dragon Class, last included in 2009, has been re-introduced. These sleek, 8.9m one-design boats are true classics, over 80 years old. The basic design of the long keel and elegant metre-boat lines remains unchanged but today’s Dragons are constructed using the latest technology to make the boats durable and easy to maintain. The appeal of the Dragon lies chiefly in the well-balanced sail plan coupled with a highly flexible and controllable rig.

A totally new class, to include and to encourage the more recent classic yachts, is entitled Historic pre-1976. Yachts designed and built before this date in any material with any keel configuration are eligible, such as certain Sparkman and Stephens designs or Nautor’s Swan and Baltic. Applications will be considered by the Steering Committee whose decision is final regarding acceptance or rejection. Meanwhile the Registration process has been much simplified and the rating system made more transparent. Register now at [. . .]

[Photo above by Image by Tim Wright.]

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