Diary Entry – Antigua Sailing Week 2016

For anyone with a sailing mind, Antigua Sailing Week is one of the good regattas on the calendar, boasting well organized courses, beautiful warm and breezy conditions and of course, a great party scene to go with it, in true Caribbean style.

Antigua Sailing Week and the stunning Antiguan coastline
Antigua Sailing Week and the stunning Antiguan coastline

In fact, sailing week marks the end of the sailing season in Antigua and the main ‘high’ tourist season all over the island closes simultaneously. Hence the Antiguans really doing it in style!

Papas by the Sea hosted the annual  Mount Gay Rum sponsored traditional ‘red cap’ party where those lucky enough, secured themselves a coveted Antigua Sailing Week cap.

This was swiftly followed by Opening Weekend which proved great fun days with parades, dancing, DJs and …. Wait for it …. Free rum! Yes, the Neon Rave involved free rum and loads of neon gadgets down in Nelson’s Dockyard. Now that is one way to start a party!

Welcome to the Neon Rave in Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua and Barbuda
Welcome to the Neon Rave in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua and Barbuda
Free fluoro gear for everyone!
Free fluoro gear for everyone!
The stage setup in Nelson's Dockyard for the Neon Rave during Sailing Week
The stage setup in Nelson’s Dockyard for the Neon Rave during Sailing Week

The sailing in earnest began on Sunday 24th April and spectators were spoiled for choice, to either spend the day on a chase boat (which involved a lovely snorkelling opportunity to cool off) or the free option to walk up to the point past Galleon Beach or even higher to enjoy a ‘Lookout Breakfast Party’ at Shirley Heights to watch the start. Sailing is a tricky spectator sport I find, however the start line here was dramatically close to the entrance to English Harbour so it was wonderful to feel close enough to hear and see the action.

Racing in earnest at Antigua Sailing Week
Racing in earnest at Antigua Sailing Week
Chase boats getting close to the action at Antigua Sailing Week
Chase boats getting close to the action at Antigua Sailing Week
An oceanful of sailors at Antigua Sailing Week 2016
An oceanful of sailors at Antigua Sailing Week 2016!

There were 5 days of racing culminating on the following Saturday with a Prize Giving and yet another party.

Traditional dance troupe at the Sailing Week Prize Giving in Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua
Traditional dance troupe at the Sailing Week Prize Giving in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua

If you would like any further information about Antigua Sailing Week this year or next … or beyond, then check out their regularly updated website here.

Thanks for checking out antiguaviews.com!

 

 


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