We hope that these notes will help introduce you to another yachting page, namely competitions and festivals. And although they have great names, and often the world and Olympic champions act as skipper, first of all, it is a vacation on the water. Slightly more extreme and physically challenging, but rewarding and enjoyable.
Every year in the last days of April there is an opportunity to enjoy a bright unforgettable show. Yachts from all over the world arrive in English port and Falmouth port to take part in one of the world-class yachting competitions that have delighted avid yachtsmen for over forty-five years. Today, with forty-seven years of experience behind him, the not large-scale event at first managed to turn into one of the most significant yacht regattas in West Indies... The regatta maintains its position thanks to its international status, which provides it with worldwide fame.
Antigua Sailing Week
More than a hundred yachts from 30 to 100 feet in length take part in the regatta. These include both comfortable yachts and recently launched racing yachts with great technical capabilities. For those wishing to enjoy the spectacle from a closer distance, special boats are provided that provide good all-round visibility, but you can also take seats on the shore, from which a good view opens.
Over the course of five days, the professionalism of the teams is tested by different stages of the competition, as well as by duel races at a distance limited by buoys. All this takes place against the backdrop of the deep blue sea surface of the Caribbean Sea, the trade winds of which drive the sails.
As if painted, the sunset appears in all its glory, as soon as its color palette barely touches the sky in the west, and tanned, soaked with sea salt and weary sailors rush to Nelson Harborlocated near Yacht Club Antiguafor barbecues, steele bands (musical ensembles consisting mainly of percussion instruments) and a refreshing rum punch. While locals and tourists have fun until dawn, the competing teams know they have a new stage ahead of them, so they leave it to others to have fun until the end.
After three days of competition, you can relax: the whole day is at the disposal of participants and tourists who want to relax, enjoy the beauty Antigua, get to know its hospitable inhabitants better and, of course, attend a beach party in the evening. After sunset, the day draws to a close and the teams begin to mentally prepare for the last two days of competition.
In 2012, the form of the International Sailing Races in Antigua was changed: they have become available for all types of yachts. The 2013 competition along Antigua's stunning coastline will kick off on April 27 and will be in the same shape as last year.
The final stage of the yachting week, namely the awards ceremony, takes place in a historically important and romantic place, in Nelson Harbor, where the winning sailors, according to tradition Yachting weeks in Antiguahanding over cups.
More information about Antigua Yachting Week, including application forms, route maps, information on social events, etc., can be found on the website sailingweek.com
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