Remarks by Asot Michael on the Statutory Corporations General Provisions Bill 2016 Secondment of an employee

What is meant by the term “secondment”?

The term “secondment” describes where an employee is assigned on a temporary basis to work for another, “host” organization (“an external secondment”) or to work for a different part of their employer’s organization which may be a large organization (“an internal secondment”). On expiry of the secondment term, the employee (the ‘secondee’) will return to their original employer.

Why might a secondment take place?

As the Honourable Prime Minister stated earlier, there are many reasons why it may be considered desirable for a secondment to occur, including:

  • The career development of a particular individual, capacity building and an opportunity to advance his or herself.
  • The chance for an individual to gain some new skills or gain some experience.
  • Providing staff with the chance to work on short term projects and new exciting ones.
  • Providing potential cover for short term absences.
  • Avoiding redundancies.
  • Enabling the employee to remain with the original employer, thus preserving specific benefits such as pension schemes, and these are listed in the Act.
  • If the secondment is external, issues that may arise can be covered in a detailed secondment agreement.

Secondment to a different part of an Employer’s Organization (Internal Secondment)

An employee who works in a large organisation (such as the Government with different ministries and departments within ministries) may be seconded to another section of that organisation.

An internal secondment can be done much more informally and a fully detailed secondment agreement is unlikely to be required.

The only specific issues which will need to be defined in an internal secondment will be the duties of the employee on secondment, their manager, their place of work, and wages and any additional costs/expenses.

Secondment where an employe is assigned on a temporary basis to work for another, “host” organization (External Secondment)

Ideally, on an external secondment (such as a secondment from one legal entity to another wholly unrelated legal entity) the secondee’s existing employment contract should be reviewed, and a written agreement covering the secondment terms drawn up. This will set out the agreed changes to the secondee’s employment and may be signed by all three parties (the original employer, the employee and the host organization), but this is not a legally necessary.

In an external secondment, the individual will usually remain the employee of the original employer during the term of the secondment and not an employee of the host organization. (In an internal secondment there is no difficulty, the employee clearly remains an employee of the original employer).

Care will be taken, however, with respect to an external secondment in relation to clarifying the rights and duties flowing between the secondee, the original employer. We will cover all of these issues in the regulations.

It is vital that the parties understand who (for the purposes of the law) is the secondee’s employer during the secondment term.

Many employment rights, such as the right against unfair dismissal and unlawful discrimination, require ‘continuity of employment’ with their original employer.

This means an employee’s statutory period of continuous employment remains unbroken throughout any secondment and all of this is covered in the Act today. The secondee will therefore wish to preserve their employment rights to ensure their continuity of employment is maintained, even if circumstances arise such that the continuity is broken. Ideally, this will be covered in the secondment agreement.

 

During a secondment situation, the original employer will typically continue to pay the secondee’s wages, together with any connected expenses and costs.

However, there may be some costs incurred by the host employer, and it should be clear who is liable for any additional costs of both the secondee and the host employer.

What is the relationship between Central Government and Public Corporations also known as Statutory Corporations?

A public corporation is a “quasi governmental” body administering services on behalf of the central government. But in all cases in Antigua and Barbuda Public Corporations are wholly owned by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the People of Antigua and Barbuda.

 A new public corporation is constituted by statute. Its governing body (the board) is appointed by a Minister and is then given a substantial degree of freedom to conduct the enterprise in day to day matters in its own discretion with the exception of matters of policy which are normally reserved for the minister with responsibility for the corporation.

The Minister retains powers to give the corporation directions of a general character and certain specific powers and this is reflected and enshrined in every single Statutory Corporation Act that has been Law from the beginning.

The corporation typically has its own assets and is expected broadly to pay its own way. Its employees are not civil servants.

 

Most statutory organizations incorporated by statute within Antigua and Barbuda normally receive some funding from Parliament.

The responsible Minister appoints (or advises the appointment) of members of the governing boards; the members will hold offices for fixed periods; the Minister has powers of dismissal and a power not to re-appoint them, and this is in all the Statutory Corporations Acts that are on the Books.   This is not some new policy initiative.

Broad policy control rests in the hands of the Minister; the day to day administrative control lies in the hands of the governing bodies; an indeterminate zone where policy merges with day to day administration lies between.

Also, a typical statutory provision is that the Minister shall have power to give the Board directions of a general character as to the exercise of its functions on matters appearing to him to affect national interest, in the public good.

The statutes creating the corporations confer upon the Ministers particular powers.

I want the public to know, that the Minister is empowered, prior to this Act being passed into Law today to prescribe the form of the corporation’s accounts and appoint auditors; his sanction is required for large schemes of capital investment or reconstruction or public borrowing; in some instances he may advance sums. Ministerial and Parliamentary approval is also normally needed for money advanced out of National Loan Funds for any large scale scheme of public investment or borrowing.

The Minister will be entitled to call for information from the board regarding its activities. The board must present its accounts and an annual report to the Minister.

In most cases the corporations have been expected and required to conduct their affairs as commercial undertakings operating in the public interest.

The formal lines of demarcation between ministerial authority and the board’s autonomy are often unclear. The role of determining policy guidelines must inevitably be shared between the Minister and the board. But the Minister is ultimately responsible to Parliament to report on Statutory Corporations, not the Board.

Legal status of corporations

Public corporations are bodies corporate. They can sue and be sued in their names. Their employees are their own officers and servants. It is doubtful whether any of the corporations is an agent or servant of the Crown enjoying Crown immunities and privileges. For most legal purposes other than liability to rates and taxes a public corporation is treated as an autonomous body corporate, not as a Crown servant.

 Public accountability and extra-judicial safeguards

The main reason for vesting the ownership of nationalized industries in semi-autonomous public corporations, instead of bringing them within the framework of normal departmental administration, was to encourage a competitive spirit of initiative and enterprise  But that does not mean in any way that they are not part of the of the overall Governance of the Administration of the day as they emanated from the Central Government.

The civil service ethos would, it was thought, inhibit managerial staff of the industries from making untried experimentation in new fields; it would induce an excess of caution and addiction to precedent; officials would always be looking over their shoulders.

Hence an attempt was made to insulate the industries from the rigours of the Civil Service by restricting ministerial responsibility for the conduct of their affairs day to day.

Managerial Liberty

Statutory corporations are intended to enjoy managerial liberty subject only to ministerial control in the case the corporation’s policy.

There was to be a distinction between broad policy and day to day administration, the former being the sphere in which the government might intervene and the latter being the sphere if independent self management.

The interests of the public as customers were to be represented by statutory consumer councils entitled to be consulted and to make their wishes known to the corporations.

Conclusion

It is clear that while a public corporation is a quasi governmental body administering services on behalf of the central government and is subject to policy directions from a minister, it is a distinct legal entity, a body corporate  which can sue and be sued in its own name.

 

It is also arguable that a public corporation is neither an agent or servant of the Crown enjoying Crown immunities.

The Government will ensure that care will be taken to ensure that the legal rights contained in the employment contract of current employees of public corporations are not infringed as there is a presumption against interference with vested legal rights.

Persons employed after The Statutory Corporations General Provisions Bill 2016 takes legal force will be then be subject to the provisions of this Act.

An argument can be advanced that given that a public corporation (being a quasi governmental body) is part of the large organization of the central government which includes ministries, departments and public corporations that secondment from one public corporation to another public corporation is a secondment to an affiliate quasi governmental body and that secondment from a public corporation to the civil service is a secondment within the large organization of government. If that argument is accepted then such a secondment could be considered an internal secondment in which case a fully detailed secondment agreement is unlikely to be required.

The secondee’s existing employment contract can be reviewed and a written agreement covering the secondment terms may have to be drawn up.

Regulations made under the Act will guide this process.

 

Main complaints in the Antigua press (The Daily Observer) about the Statutory Corporations Bill 2016

  • The Statutory Corporations General Provisions Bill 2016 is redundant. It gives excessive powers to ministers and jeopardizes the security of employment;
  • Too much power has been given to a minister; the Bill leaves employees open to unjust dismissal or secondment and victimization;
  • A minister could do as he or she pleases without redress;
  • A minister can dispatch an employee somewhere (to another post) without the employee’s consent;
  • There are some provisions in the Bill which are illegal in the way they seek to interfere with the sacrosanctity of employment contracts and in the way they seek to place power in the hands of ministers without responsibility;
  • An employee has the right to determine for whom he or she works (and on that basis would have entered into contractual arrangements with his employer);
  • Statutory corporations are individual legal entities and workers cannot be the subject of transfer between them as if they were all part of one entity;
  • Statutory employees fear they will lose security in their employment;
  • Secondment of employees between statutory corporations will breach their contracts of employment;

In summary there are three critical complaints:

  • Excessive powers are being given to ministers;
  • There are Illegal provisions of the bill which seek to interfere with employment contract;
  • Employees cannot be seconded without their consent.

 

Excessive powers

Ministers who are given powers under a statute are required to act within their powers.  We are not laws unto ourselves and should not at anytime act high handed or unjustly.  We must at all times act fairly, reasonably, and with impartiality, equity and justice for all.

As the Honourable Attorney General pointed out, if they act outside their powers they can be challenged in the court by way of judicial review. Remedies available to a person aggrieved by a Minister’s unlawful actions are:

  • a writ to quash an unlawful decision of the Minister;
  • prohibition to prevent a Minister from taking an unlawful decision;
  • mandamus to compel a minister to exercise his powers;
  • an injunction;
  • damages

Furthermore, this Bill does not prevent an employee from seeking redress under the Labour Code or before the Industrial Court.

Illegal provisions in the Bill which seek to interfere with employment contracts

There are no illegal provisions within the Bill per se.

It is clear that before a Minister exercises his power to second an employee within a statutory corporation that he has to consider the terms of an employee’s contract of employment to ensure that there is no term within the employee’s contract which would prevent an employee from being seconded.

If there is a term within the contract of employment of a statutory employee preventing a transfer by way of secondment then that term has to be honoured, otherwise the Minister would be acting in breach of the employee’s contract. But there is no such term a Minister will be able to second an employee of a statutory corporation.

A secondment agreement in respect of the secondment should be signed by the original employer, the secondee and the host employer.

The Contention that an employee is required to give his consent to secondment

Regulation 12 of the Civil Service Regulations 1995 provides that: “An officer on permanent terms may be seconded by the Commission (i.e the Public Service Commission) to a post in or out of the civil service on such terms and conditions as the Commission may stipulate.”  Not the Employee or Officer!!!

Clearly this provision does not expressly state that the Public Service Commission is required to obtain the consent of a civil servant before he is seconded either within the civil service or out of the civil service.

Secondly in the Court of Appeal case of Phillip Abbott v. LIAT (1974) LImited Civil Appeal No. 14 of 1993 Sir Vincent Floissac Chef Justice held:

It was an implied term of the appellant’s contract of service with the respondent that the appellant (Phillip Abbott) will consent to promotions and reasonable lateral transfers from time to time.”

 

His lordship’s position is that there is an implied term in contracts of employment that an employee will consent to reasonable lateral transfers proposed by an employer.

There is no need for the employee’s actual consent to a transfer.

Regulations

Regulations made under section 9 of the Bill will assist in providing guidance on how secondments will be effected from one public corporation to another public corporation and from a public corporation to the civil service.

 

 

 

 

 

PM Browne joins thousands to Honour United Nations and individuals and organizations for Humanitarian Work

NEW YORK, NY – USA – 29th September, 2015……Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and First Lady Maria Browne on Sunday joined thousands in New York City for the South South Awards, considered the world’s foremost global development event to celebrate the United Nations 70th Anniversary and honour individuals for their global initiatives

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During the event, which honoured distinguished countries, individuals and organizations that embody transformative sustainable development worldwide; particularly in the areas of poverty reduction, education advancement and humanitarian impact, Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne presented a number of the major awards and commended the organizers for recognizing the contributions of individuals and organisations for their work in making the world a better place for humanity.

The event featured some of the world’s leading performers including   keyboardist Ray Chew, music producer for the reality television show “Dancing With The Stars,” and percussion­ist/drummer Sheila E.

In addition, musician Paul Shaffer was honoured with the Cultural achievement Award and lend “the same sparkle and inimitable spirit he gave television audiences for 33 years as the musical director of The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Academy award winners Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, and Forrest Whitaker were among the elite who also made presentations.

We are pleased to present photos from the event which is co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations.

Digital photo by Yendi Lynch:

Maurice F. Merchant

Director-General of Communications

Office of the Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth Highway

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

Tel: 268.462.9766

Fax: 268.462.3225

Email: maurice.merchant@ab.gov.ag

maurice.merchant@gmail.com

CIP Unit Rejects Malicious Article – Moncreif-Scott fingered

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ST.JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) rejects the article ‘Congressman McCaul: Antigua clamoring to sell passports to Syrian refugees who then make the ‘jump’ to the US Virgin Island,’ under the name of John McCarthy published by the online news portal Virgin Islands Free Press.

It is a complete fabrication and malicious.  It falsely misrepresents remarks by US Congressman McCaul.  At no time did Congressman McCaul make any allegation that Antigua and Barbuda was clamoring to sell passports to Syrians to jump to the US.

The CIP also notes that the identical, word-for-word article also appeared in an on-line publication, Mondaq, under the name of Ian Moncrief-Scott . This clearly indicates that either John McCarthy or Ian Moncrief-Scott are one and the same person or there is a campaign between them to smear Antigua and Barbuda.   Moncreif-Scott has been writing villainous articles about both the UPP and ABLP governments for over 12 years.

Dealing with the false claims in the article, the following points are relevant:

  • The Government and CIP do not sell passports. Passports are not for sale.
  • No passport has been sold to any person far less refugees from Syria.
  • A number of Syrian nationals were detained by the Immigration authorities on suspicion that they may attempt to go to the USVI. But none were holders of Antigua and Barbuda passports of any kind.
  • The CIP is not handled or directed by the Prime Minister.  A Review Committee of qualified professionals from various sectors, and varying backgrounds manage the CIP.
  • The CIP and the citizenship programmes like in every other democratic country, is regulated by law, namely the Citizenship by Investment Act of 2013.
  • Citizenship is not granted unless due diligence takes place by internationally respected due diligence agents
  • This due diligence process has developed to include not only local and independent international due diligence providers, but also checks with other international bodies and Governments.
  • Only after the due diligence is complete, are the applications sent to the Minister and Cabinet for final approval.

The suggestion by the author that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has put a price on its independence by embarking on the CIP is nonsensical.   The Nation of Antigua and Barbuda joined many other countries that have citizenship through investment programmes, including Canada, the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Malta as well as others in the Caribbean. These countries have not been accused of compromising their Independence.

Importantly, Antigua and Barbuda Passports are presented to CIP qualifiers for an initial period of 5 years.   Only during this time, any person granted citizenship under the CIP is subject to re-evaluation for cause, and revoked where necessary.

The CIP believes that this assault on the integrity of the CIP and the State of Antigua and Barbuda is motivated by malice of the writer who has consistently over the last 15 years or more attacked both the UPP and ABLP governments. (Ends)

Maurice F. Merchant

Director-General of Communications

Office of the Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth Highway

St. Johns, ANTIGUA and BARBUDA

Tel: 268.462.9766

Fax: 268.462.3225

Email: maurice.merchant@ab.gov.ag

Maurice.merchant@gmail.com

PM Browne continues to forge closer ties between Antigua and Barbuda and International nations

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 13th August 2015…….Prime Minister of  the Hon. Gaston Browne continues to foster closer relations with international leaders and countries as his government works towards tackling issues that affect Antigua and Barbuda and other developing nations.

Prime Minister Browne with the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven
Prime Minister Browne with the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven

During a recent visit to the Horn of Africa, Prime Minister Browne met with leaders and foreign representatives of Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Cameroon and Tuvalu and pushed for foster closer relations given similarities being either small states, developing countries and our interaction within the commonwealth. Prime Minister Browne also used the opportunity to introduce the candidacy of Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders to the post of Secretary General of the Commonwealth.  Sir Ronald’s candidacy was well received by the respective delegations.

The heads of delegations of Seychelles, Mauritius and Tuvalu commended Prime Minister Browne on his position regarding the recent European Union tax heaven black list. The countries pledged support for each other on this matter and made a commitment to work together going forward.

The delegation of Seychelles inquired of the possibility of sending a team from its Ministry of Finance to observe and learn from Antigua and Barbuda about the online gaming industry.

PM Browne with the Deputy Minister of Finance of Mexico Fernando Aportela
PM Browne with the Deputy Minister of Finance of Mexico Fernando Aportela

During his stay in Africa, Prime Minister Browne also held bilateral discussions with the head of delegation of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Prime Minister Browne met with the Mexican Deputy Finance Minister, Fernando Aportela regarding current bilateral cooperation in particular Mexico’s assistance to Antigua and Barbuda’s housing programme.

PM Browne being interview by South South News
PM Browne being interview by South South News

Prime Minister Browne and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden also had fruitful discussions on cooperation and mutual interest.  Prime Minister Löfven was particularly concerned with the EU’s black listing of Antigua and Barbuda and made a commitment to look deeper into the matter. Both Prime Ministers explored developmental assistance for Antigua and Barbuda.  One area identified was assessing the drought situation and how Sweden can assist in this most urgent matter.

The country’s leader also had numerous interviews with local television in Addis Ababa, UNTV and South South News. He was singled out for his numerous strong statements on international financial reform and his commitment to addressing issues affecting Small Island Developing States.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM OFFICES ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH JCI CARIBBEAN QUEEN SHOW

(St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority have partnered with JCI Antigua (Jaycees) for the 54th Jaycees Queen show this Sunday, bringing 11 delegates from throughout the Caribbean Region to Carnival City, for Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival, The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.

Caribbean delegates in this year's JCI Queen Show are welcomed to Antigua and Barbuda by Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael
Caribbean delegates in this year’s JCI Queen Show are welcomed to Antigua and Barbuda by Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism the Hon. Asot Michael, today, welcomed the delegates to Antigua and Barbuda, announcing the Ministry’s support for the outstanding show with an investment of US$8k.

“This show, more than any other event during the Carnival, fully embodies that message of Caribbean unity through this timeless competition. 11 stunning contestants from our neighboring islands are here with us. They will join in the festivities as we celebrate emancipation, during our summer festival, and participate in friendly competition.”

“We are here to enjoy and partake in wonderful art, phenomenal music, and some of the world’s finest pageantry and cultural expression…But, more than these necessary human values, the Jaycees Queen Show is about creating unity amongst the Caribbean Island-countries.”

 Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Asot Michael makes presentation to 2015 JCI President Shenella Govia.
Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Asot Michael makes presentation to 2015 JCI President Shenella Govia.

Now in its 54th year, the Jaycees Queen Show is the longest running pageant in the region.

Antigua and Barbuda’s delegate in the competition Ms. Asha Frank will be joined on stage by delegates from: The British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the United States Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.

“JCI Antigua is eternally grateful to the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority for their continued support and assistance,” said 2015 President of JCI Antigua, Shenella Govia.

With Caribbean nationals, throughout the region, having their eyes on their hometown queen, competing on the big stage in Antigua, the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will make contact with thousands of these followers as they communicate with delegates with social media mentions of #LoveAntiguaBarbuda.

During the Carnival Period, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will also launch their carnival ‘selfie’ pop-up booth in the heart of Carnival city.  Visitors to the booth will have the chance to engage with Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism social media team, have their photo taken against the destination’s ‘selfie’ backdrop, and get destination information from the island experts.

Participants will also have the chance to win island excursions, restaurant dining experiences and branded merchandise.

Honorable Asot Anthony Michael ,Minister Of Tourism, Economic Developement,Investment & Energy at JAYCEES CHEQUE PRESENTATION

Greetings one and all and, a special welcome to the lovely contestants who have travelled to our beautiful island to participate in the illustrious Jaycees Queen Show: Creative, Dynamic, Amazing. This show is an integral part of the Region’s Greatest Summer Festival, otherwise known as Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival.

Caribbean delegates in this year's JCI Queen Show are welcomed to Antigua and Barbuda by Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael
Caribbean delegates in this year’s JCI Queen Show are welcomed to Antigua and Barbuda by Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael

This particular Show is special to me because of the role it plays in achieving an Antigua and Barbuda ambition. Yes, we are here to enjoy and partake in wonderful art, phenomenal music, and some of the world’s finest pageantry and cultural expression…But, more than these necessary human values, the Jaycees Queen Show is about creating unity amongst the Caribbean Island-countries.
The Jaycees Queen Show happens to be the longest running pageant in the region, thanks to the goodwill of many

corporate stakeholders. However, I also believe that this show, more than any other event during the Carnival, fully embodies that message of unity through this timeless competition. This year, 11 stunning contestants from our neighboring islands are here with us. They will join in the festivities as we celebrate emancipation, during our summer festival, and participate in friendly competition.

To that end, I am pleased to present this check of US$8,000 dollars to the Jaycees Queen Show. It is contributed on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority in affiliation with JCI Antigua.
I am additionally pleased to be present today because of family connections. My Great Uncle, Maurice Michael, was the very first President of the JCI here in Antigua. He would host the Queens at his home, each year, and contributed generously each year in order to ensure its continued success. I celebrate the legacy of Maurice Michael and those who have gone before.
May the show be once again another successful event as we celebrate the charm, poise and talent of these beautiful, intelligent. May the Jaycees Queen Show—creative, dynamic, amazing—continue its reign of longevity. Best of luck to each of our outstanding contestants!

Thank you

Doors Open for Antigua Sailing Week 2016

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Entries are now open for Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean’s longest running regatta, which will host its 49th edition from April 23 – 29 2016. This year the organisers are delighted to announce that for yachts arriving and returning to Europe, Peters & May are offering shipping routes direct from Antigua in both directions.

Craig Stanbury, Operations Director for the Racing Division at Peters & May commented, “Peters & May have two ships with loading windows going out to the Caribbean at the start of high season and two more ships with loading windows after the season has ended. We have a long history in the Caribbean and well established contacts, which allows Peters & May to offer a reliable service and cost effective service to yacht owners. Besides making good business sense to develop options for customers, we see this service as a way of supporting regattas for the good of all. Peters & May have confirmed all the details with the relevant port authorities.”

The dates agreed mean that UK and Europe bound race boats, which over the last few years have had to be shipped out from other islands, will now have time to race at Antigua Sailing Week and then be shipped out the following week.

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25 October – 10 November 2015: Palma/Genoa to Antigua.
15 November – 25 November 2015: Southampton to Tortola (Antigua upon sufficient cargo).
5 May – 20 May 2016: Antigua to Southampton
5 May – 20 May 2016: Antigua to Genoa/Palma

Antigua Sailing Week 2016 kicks off with two stand alone long distance races which are not part of the regatta series. The Guadeloupe to Antigua Race is on Friday 22nd April and the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race taking place on Saturday 23rd April. Racing at Antigua Sailing Week, on the spectacular south coast of Antigua, starts on Sunday 24th April and concludes Friday 29th April with the legendary Antigua Sailing Week Awards Ceremony & After Party at Nelson’s Dockyard. There are daily prize giving’s after racing where you meet the competition and nobody misses the Big Party Night on Tuesday evening and the recovery Lay Day Beach Party the day after, featuring the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge, on Pigeon Point.

With the trade winds pumping and a significant sea state, there is nowhere in the world that can provide the conditions that the giants of the sailing world revel in off the south coast of Antigua. One of the early entries for Antigua Sailing Week 2016 is Philip Rann’s Reichel Pugh 90, La Bête, skippered by John Burnie.
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Daily Prize Giving’s at Antigua Yacht Club where the post race meeting of minds happens

La Bête is the former Rambler 90, the first racing we will do on the new yacht in the Caribbean will definitely be the RORC Caribbean 600 in February and we fully intend to enter all the races for Antigua Sailing Week as well – we are now standing by to do battle!! Antigua Sailing Week is a must do event in the Caribbean.” commented John Burnie.

Enter 2016 here http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/results/2016-entries/
Provisional Race & Party Schedule http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/schedule/event-schedule/
To receive pricing and book shipping with Peters & May contact Steven Stanbury in the first instance: steve@petersandmay.com

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Held annually at the end of April, the 49th edition of Antigua Sailing Week will commence with the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race on Saturday 23rd April and conclude on Friday 29th April 2016.
Antigua Sailing Week consists of five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua plus an optional day of racing around the island. It is considered to be one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas with more than 100 yachts participating.

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