Antigua and Barbuda: The 54th edition of Antigua Sailing Week turned out to be a massive success after attracting boats and crew from more than 20 nations. The event featured the efficient competition of sailors from six continents.
The sailing around the shores of Antigua and Barbuda was absolutely fabulous, and moderate trade winds and tropical heat blessed the racing between the sailors. The event is the most celebrated regatta in the Caribbean and the 2023 edition turned out to be one of the great chapters to the history of racing in Antigua, dating back to 1968.
The final day of the sailing week has featured the wonderful occasion of the Final Awards Ceremony. The hosting of awards ceremony graced the World Heritage site, Nelson’s Dockyard, in English Harbour in Antigua and Barbuda. The final day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week provided the strongest wind of the regatta through solid south easterly trade winds gusting up to 18 knots.
The two races were held at CSA Racing Classes, and the starting point of the race was Windward Beach on tight technical windward leeward courses, including boat handling and crew mettle with class wins in the balance. The Bareboat Classes raced off Rendezvous Bay with courses featuring the deep water mark ‘Old Road’ providing exhilarating downwind legs. The final day of racing featured the club classes with a long course taking in superb vistas of Antigua, including the world-famous, award-winning Cades Reef.
The shores of Antigua were graced by the Caribbean Sea, and the 95 miles of superb coastline lightened up the Island. Along with that, Barbuda featured protective reefs and a large lagoon. Visitors experience a unique blend of culture and beauty at Frigate Bird Sanctuary. The islands are known for their friendly and welcoming people by offering pink and white-sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the most magnificent and tranquil climate in the world.
Antigua Sailing Week featured the schedule of the last day as follows:
- 3pm: Lawn bars open
- 4pm: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Prizegiving
- 6.30pm: Seafood Friday @ Nelson’s Dockyard
- 7pm: Final awards & after-party @ Nelson’s Dockyard with Asher Otto & itchy Feet, plus DJ Purist
The Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) created exciting vibes from the traditional midweek pause – Lucky Eddi’s Lay Day. The day featured the sailors, spectators and community members with the activities and events such as dinghy races, individual and team challenges ending with the much-anticipated tug of war.