Press Releases

    A Wet Day on the Water – April 26, 2017
    After days of racing on some of the world’s most magnificent yachts, the only event on the schedule for Tuesday was the afternoon Gig Racing and Cream Tea Party. It’s the day when big boats take a rest, and the little ones come out to play in English Harbour at the historic Admiral’s Inn which was built in 1788.
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    And The Winner is….  – April 25, 2017
    Nelson’s Dockyard was the quintessential venue for the 30th celebration of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta sponsored by Panerai. For the final evening of a jam-packed week, the historic grounds blossomed with lights, tents, and a magnificent stage filled with glittering trophies..
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    The Incredible Finale – April 24, 2017
    At the end of Race 4, there was a unanimous decision amongst the fleet that the Regatta Committee ordered and received flawless weather. Wind speed started today at 16 knots climbing steadily to the low 20s, turning the last day of racing into a grand finale. Nearly 50 yachts, with sun, clear skies and the Caribbean’s sassy seas turned the waters off Antigua into an artistic masterpiece. For those following the race through the lens of a camera, it was a dream come true.
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    Load that Cannon! – April 23, 2017
    Thirty years ago, the founders of the Antigua Classics planned a magnificent Regatta, including a boat show element with the addition of the Cannon Course. Twenty-four miles of reaching between two well-set marks allows vessels from every class to pass repeatedly, and often dramatically, close. Some consider it the easiest of the four races but this Sunday, weather and seas turned it into more of a high test challenge: steady winds of 20 knots from the east agitated the water which flew anywhere and everywhere. Today the Kenny Coombs Memorial Cannon Race was a lively salute to his genius.
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    It Just Gets Better and Better – April 22, 2017
    Mother Nature turned up the volume for the second day of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai. Seventeen knots churned the water into rowdy seas, giving skippers and crew the chance to up their game. Since it was the Butterfly course, yachts were tested on every point of sail.
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    And Sail Hard they did! – April 21, 2017
    The first race in the series of four took place with ENE winds of 14 knots accompanied by relatively calm seas.  Start times were delayed due to difficulties in setting the first mark but it gave sailors extra time to scrutinise competition.  It was an amazing scene, with sloops, cutters, yawls and schooners – gaffs galore, flying sails that touched the sky and enough uniformed sailors to fill a battleship. The Holgate 3-Masted Gaff Schooner Adix, carried three dozen crew in eye-catching shirts.
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    Close start of the Single-Handed Race - photo by Jan Hein
    Close start of the Single-Handed Race – photo by Jan Hein

    What a Way to Start Antigua’s Classics – April 20, 2017
    The first of Panerai’s Classic Yachts Challenge for 2017 got underway Wednesday on island time as final members of the fleet pulled in 15 minutes after the close of registration but with plenty of time to partake in Mount Gay’s infamous Red Hat Party. With a backdrop of spectacular vessels flanking Nelson’s Dockyard – their international  flags flapping in salute – long time friend of the Regatta, Helen Spooner,  greeted almost 50 beauties and their faithful crew.
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    Incredible camaraderie happens on the water and ashore at the ACYR.
    Incredible camaraderie happens on the water and ashore at the ACYR.

    Happening Now in the Dockyard – April 17, 2017
    English Harbour is electric with excitement as boats sail in for the 30th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, the first in this year’s series of the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenges. Vessels are arriving from all quadrants of the compass. Some crossed the ocean in containers; a few cruised north from down island; many journeyed from the States, Canada, Bermuda, Europe and beyond. One came from the Pacific Ocean via the Panama Canal and another took the long way around the Horn. Lucky ones came straight from the boatyard.
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    Antigua Classics to be Held in UNESCO World Heritage Site – February 4, 2017
    As a special celebration for 2017, the Antigua Yacht Club is proud to partner with the National Parks Authority to host the 30th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in Nelson’s Dockyard, recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 18th century forts surrounding English Harbor and the exquisitely restored buildings and structures within, create the perfect stage for this world-class sailing event sponsored by Panerai.
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