Antigua Sailing Week – It’s Good to be Back!

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START BOAT B – Irene MacNeill (RO)

CSA Bareboat

 Antigua Sailing Week sponsor, Dream Yacht Charter has experienced high demand for bareboats with 29 teams entered across four classes, including the one-design CSA Bareboat 2, with all teams racing identical Dufour 460s. Over half the teams in CSA Bareboat come from KH+P Yachtcharter based in Stuttgart Germany. The Bareboat family will all be based in Nelson’s Dockyard providing a wonderful party atmosphere after racing. Teams come from at least seven different countries including, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain Switzerland, and the United States.

CSA Performance Cruising

 This is a new class and the response has been phenomenal. Eleven boats, all of different designs, ranging from 35-52ft will duke it out. CSA Performance Cruising is for teams who wanted to get out of CSA Racing classes, but still race on testing courses. Lord Nelson Trophy winner, Sir Hugh Bailey will be racing his Antiguan Farr 45 Rebel. Racing under jib and main, this fast yacht is the scratch boat. Cannon and Harvey’s Dufour 455 KHS&S Contractors is a proven winner in CSA Bareboat, but have flipped into the class. CSA Performance Cruising has teams from all over the world; Antigua, Curaçao, Great Britain, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Italy, Tortola BVI, and the United States.

CSA Double Handed

“There are only two boats racing double handed this year, but we are talking with all the teams and the intention is to give the class their own start and a style of course that meets their expectations. We hope to see short-handed racing grow at Antigua Sailing Week. The biggest boat at 52ft is David Hobbs’ Pleione vs the smallest, Nicholas Mcghee’s Ranger 33 Java Jive,” commented Jaime Torres.

CSA Club Class

Ten boats will race in Club Class, designed for teams who love the on-the-water action, but take the fun ashore more seriously! Regatta legend Sandy Mair has moved into the class, racing his Antiguan First 35 Cricket. Club Class is an eclectic mix of boat designs with sailors from all over the world; Antigua, Canada, Denmark, England, Scotland, and the United States. Ian Galbraith’s Oyster 53 Jigsaw is the archetypal Club Class entry. Jigsaw is always one of the first boats to enter Antigua Sailing Week and the first team on the dance floor. Jigsaw is no slouch on the race course either; the team will be defending their Club Class win from 2019.