Sailing aficionados aren’t the only ones who will enjoy the annual Antigua Sailing Week, especially since the island, the people, culture, and cuisine have so much to offer in tandem. Kicking off on 27 April to 3 May 2019, the theme of this must-do aquatic sporting event is ‘Race, Chase and Celebrate’. While this globally recognized event showcases the most professional racing in the Caribbean, casual cruisers and minimalistic crews are also encouraged. With more than 100 boats participating each year, the sailing week includes world-class award-winning skippers to casual sailors along with their friends who want to join in, cheer them on and have some fun.
Ahead of the big day, crews keen to get in a little training the day before the official event commences will be able to take part in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday 27 April. When the main festivities commence on Sunday 28 April sailors will be challenged with a variety of race courses off Antigua’s south coast. Spectators are encouraged to get involved too, whether it’s appreciating the action from Shirley Heights or the many hiking trails with views along the coastline. Daily Chase the Race tours also head out from Falmouth Harbour Marina to the race course to view them on the water battles up close.
Moving ahead to Tuesday 30 April, the 10th anniversary of Reggae in the Park is set to get the island vibe going as visitors will be serenaded by the irie tunes, good food and drink and island vibes. By Wednesday 1 May aka ‘Lay Day’, everyone gets to kick back and enjoy the party on the Pigeon Beach where team games, single-handed competition and DJs will be playing until the sunset.
As the Antigua Sailing Week draws to a close on Nelson’s Dockyard during The Final Awards Ceremony on Friday 3 May, all participants gather for one epic last lime in celebration of a successful week of fun events. This incredible event is followed the next day by Dockyard Day with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda Beating the Retreat as the Antiguan flag is lowered to signal the close of Antigua Sailing Week for yet another year. It is a truly fitting end to a week of glorious racing.
Set against the stunning backdrop of white sands, blue waters and lush island flora, Antigua Sailing Week highlights the best of the island’s cultural, natural and culinary offerings. But it’s the warm people who make a lasting impression and keep visitors and competitors coming back for more.