Doors Open for Antigua Sailing Week 2016


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.
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
Provisional Race & Party Schedule
To receive pricing and book shipping with Peters & May contact Steven Stanbury in the first instance:


For full details on Antigua Sailing Week, the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race and the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race including daily news, photos, video and results, visit the official web site:
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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Peter Holmberg to Defend his Title in Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge at Antigua Sailing Week

The organisers of Antigua Sailing Week are delighted to announce that
the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge will be returning to this year’s Lay Day
events on Pigeon Beach on Wednesday, April 29.
The Challenge is a one-day invitational one-design racing event featuring
24-foot RS Elite sailboats and offering top-quality racing for eight highly
qualified skippers and their teams. Racing will take place in close
proximity to Pigeon Beach inside Falmouth Harbour to provide maximum
spectating opportunities from the beach as well as from the water. For
those watching from the beach, Nonsuch Bay Resort will have the grill fired
up in its hospitality tent with delicacies from Resort Chef Michael
Husbands available for purchase.
Olympic medallist and America’s Cup winner Peter Holmberg was last year’s
Challenge winner and he will be returning to Antigua again this year to
defend his title. “The Antigua Sailing Week organisers invited me to
participate in the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge last year and I’m really
pleased I accepted the invitation. They provided well organised racing
close to Pigeon Beach which allowed us to really showcase our sport of
sailing. Although we took the racing seriously, we had a lot of fun and it
was a great way to spend Lay Day. I’ll definitely be back to defend my
title this year,” said Holmberg.

Peter Holmberg will be back to defend his title in the 2015
Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge at Antigua Sailing Week

Other teams signed up to participate in the Challenge this year include *Team
Phaedo^3* which has been breaking records around the Caribbean in its MOD
70 since its arrival in Antigua in February this year. There will be two
all-women’s teams including *Performance Yacht Charter* with skipper Lucy
Reynolds, and a *KH+P yachtcharter team* with Nicole Lameter at the helm. T*he
Kick ‘Em Jenny team f*rom St. Maarten will be participating this year as
will a team from *At Last . . .* with skipper Pietro Corbucci. Rounding out
the eight-team line up will be two teams that won a place to enter the
Challenge at the Final of the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Summer Series held last
December. Those teams will be led by Marc Fitzgerald of *Sojana* and Martin
Beck who owns an RS Elite and is keenly promoting growth of the RS Elite
class in Antigua.
Beach activities will get underway from 12:00 noon and racing will start
promptly at 1:00 pm. There will be two qualifying series of four teams each
with a maximum of three races each of approximately 15 to 20 minutes in
length. The top two boats from each series will go to the final series
which will also consist of a final three races.

The event came to life as a result of ideas thrown around by Mark Whinney,
Marketing Director of *Nonsuch Bay Resort.* Mark loves the event and says:
“Residents and guests at Nonsuch Bay Resort were getting so much enjoyment
out of the RS Elites that we wanted to create a special event to provide
greater exposure to both the RS Elite one-design fleet and of course to
Nonsuch Bay Resort itself. We all agreed that there was no better time to
do that than during Antigua Sailing Week. Racing in the Elites has become
so popular that Nonsuch Bay has expanded its fleet over the past year and
sailors have begun seeking out invitations to participate in the RS Elite
Challenge on Lay Day every year.”
There will be live commentary from the beach throughout the event so
spectators can easily follow the on-the-water action. A prize giving will
take place at about 5:00 pm with trophies being awarded to the top three
finishers with a prize for the overall winner of a week’s bed and breakfast
accommodation at Nonsuch Bay Resort for two people, including use of all
sailing equipment and facilities.
Simultaneously along the beach from mid-day DJs Easy P and Professor Irish
will heat things up with beach games from DJ Sporty including cricket,
football, a hot bikini competition, lime and spoon race, tug-o-war and
more. Shuttles to the beach will run from Antigua Yacht Club all day and
into the night.