Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 18-24th April 2018

It is incredible to think that this fantastic regatta has now been running for over 30 years, and is based where it was originally founded, in the picturesque English Harbour. Of course, back in the 60s the sailing yachts were all classics. Don’t miss out on being part of this unique regatta, charter your own classic yacht today!

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View from Shirely Heights across to English Harbour

To signal the end of the chartering season in Antigua, captain and crews would challenge one another to race down to Guadeloupe. This unofficial race led to the birth of Antigua Sailing Week in 1967, which celebrated its 50th anniversary only last year. Inevitably, over the years the classics were steadily being outnumbered, as well as outmanoeuvred,  by the more modern and speedier yachts. So, in 1987, over a few glasses of rum, Captain Uli Pruesse, and Kenny Coombs, along with several other classic skippers, formed what we now know as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. In 1996, the late Kenny Coombs was also responsible for helping to develop the Spirit of Tradition class, which has now been embraced all over the world. It’s purpose was to celebrate and embrace the beauty and splendour of a past era. Classic lines, glimmering varnish, and exquisite workmanship, all the things that makes a classic yacht what it is today.

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The late Kenny Coombs

With the regatta fast approaching ensure that you don’t miss out. For those wishing to get out on the water there are many classic yachts that are available to charter for such an event. With the warm Caribbean sun, amazing turquoise waters, and incredible scenery, there isn’t much need for convincing. This is certainly one regatta you’ll want to make sure that cross off your bucket list.

By Laura Barber

 

Posted on March 30, 2018