Countdown to Classics

by Kemoir Martin

The yachts are now starting to arrive at Nelson’s Dockyard to participate in the 34th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta this week. Registration will be upstairs in the Officers’ Quarters of the Dockyard on Wednesday, April 19th from 9am to 4pm. The Welcome Party will be at Boom at 6pm (wristbands required for entry).

Thursday 20th will be the Concours D’Elégance judging in the morning and the Single-Handed Race starting at 2pm followed by the Skippers’ Briefing at 5pm. In the early evening there will be the prize givings for the Concours D’Elégance and Single-Handed race then the National Parks will host a Caribbean evening – come dance to the steel drums and watch the fire dancers and stilt walkers.

Friday 21st is the Old Road Race with the first start at 10am.

Saturday 22nd is the Butterfly Race with the Open Mic Night starting at 6:30pm – come share your talent with us.

Sunday 23rd is the Kenny Coombs Memorial Canon Race with the Parade of Classics through the Dockyard at approximately 1:30pm.

Monday 24th concludes the Regatta with gig racing and cream teas at the Admiral’s Inn during the afternoon with the prize giving ceremony at the Museum starting at 5:30pm. The after party will be behind the Copper & Lumbar Store with National Parks bar, food and music at which photographic and video highlights of the Regatta will be screened.

Please refer to our website here for the full schedule of events.
Here’s looking forward to wonderful Regatta with plenty of Caribbean sunshine and trade winds.

For more information please visit
Email Regatta Coordinator at [email protected]

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is the premier classic sailing event of the Caribbean attracting a large number of Classics every year from all around the world. In its 34th edition this year, the event enjoys a wonderful variety of competitors including traditional craft from the islands, vintage and classic ketches, sloops, schooners and yawls making the bulk of the fleet along with the more newly-built Spirit of Tradition yachts and Modern Classics.

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