Over 100 yachts, thousands of visitors and 8 days of festivities and racing made the 52nd edition of Antigua Sailing Week the biggest event yet. After Antigua Sailing Week came to a close at the weekend; Global Operations Director for Racing Craig Stanbury, filled us in on results, Antiguan antics and highlights.
Every year the competition kicks off with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race, this year taking place on Saturday 27th April. In true Caribbean style, racers and spectating yachts joined the fun, creating a friendly buzz that engulfed the waters around the Southern waters of the beautiful island of Antigua. A cloudy start soon turned in to great racing conditions.
After a full day’s racing in the fantastic trade winds, everyone gathered at Nelson’s Dockyard for the official opening party of Antigua Sailing Week. As participants enjoyed a well-deserved ‘Dark and Stormy’ Craig Stanbury awarded trophies to winners and runners up in each class of the Round Antigua Race. First place winners included:
Following on from the Peters & May Round Antigua Race, the real competition began with a further 5 days of intense coastal racing along a variety of courses. As an all-inclusive event, competition is fierce with some of the world’s top racers participating in anything from 24 feet yachts to over 100 feet.
New for 2019 was the double-handed racing class. With only two crew members, it was all about stamina for those competing in the double-handed class. It was Philip Asche’s American Swan 44 Freebird who managed to pace themselves well, playing to the physical demands required to compete in this category. In the Multihull first place was awarded to Robert Szustkowski’s H66 R-SIX, while first place in the CSA 1, 2 and 3 Bareboat were KH+P Odin II, Tintoret and KH+P Barbuda respectively. In the CSA racing category, there were some great results across all classes.
Craig Stanbury, Global Operations Director for Racing commented; ‘What I love about Antigua Sailing Week is the fantastic variety of racers. This year we had families competing, olympic sailors and juniors all across various regattas. It’s great to see the passion people have for the competition in Antigua. We saw some fantastic racing both in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race and the competition itself. It was a pleasure for me to attend again this year, catching up with many a familiar face who we are assisting in transporting their yachts home’.
Antigua Sailing week marks the end of the Caribbean Yachting Season as hurricane season draws in towards June. With many sailors and yachts opting to leave the Caribbean during this unstable time of year; Peters & May’s Eastbound Sailings are popular. As the official logistics partner to Antigua Sailing Week, last year Peters & May had a record breaking 52 yacht shipment from Antigua to Southampton, UK.
Offering sailings from the ports of Antigua, Tortola, St Thomas and Freeport in the Bahamas; Peters & May can transport yachts home to the UK, Northern Europe or even over to the Mediterranean ready for the summer yachting season.