Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – Better Every Day

The second race day of the 35th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was a vast improvement with a gentle 7-8 knots of breeze from the South-East, and with the flat seas from the previous calmer day made it almost perfect sailing conditions. In the dockyard after racing, Richard West, owner of schooner Charm III  commented “Nice gentle breeze, beautiful sailing, everyone having a good time, what more could you want?”  Casey Fasciano, captain of Bolero, the 1949 famous S&S racing yawl, said “We have a good crew and a great boat, fantastic.”  Sarah Schelbert, owner of Alani, Gurnery sloop from Grenada, commented on today’s race, “I really like the course, the Butterfly course is always fun and it was a good day out there.”  Jill Jinks owner of Athena, Sou’wester 59 was celebrating her first time racing at Antigua Classics  with champagne and enthused, “It was just fabulous, we’re delighted, we can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow.”  Jason on the West Indies sloop Summer Cloud said  “it was a fantastic day, lovely racing today, I can’t complain, we always have fun.”

Positions today changed a lot during the race which made it exciting and the results are very close over two days of racing.  In the schooner class, Charm III  is first, Eros second and Adventurer third. In the vintage and classic class, Seefalke II  and Blue Peter are tied first and Bolero third.   In the traditional class, Genesis came in first today moving them up from third to first,  with Summer Cloud and New Moon tied second.  Modern A class Saida  and Legacy are tied first, and tied second are Brazilian Aurora IV, Swan 55 and Bowman 49 Yemaya.  In the spirit of tradition class, Chloe Giselle and Freya are tied first, and Eager is third.  Finally, in modern B class Jabberwok, Encore and High Tide are running first, second and third.  With two more days of racing, plenty can change.  The full results can be seen here and Aquafilm’s video of today’s racing is posted on Facebook and Instagram.  

Yesterday evening, our generous sponsors  English Harbour Rum and Red Stripe Beer, donated free happy hour drinks and entertainment was provided by colourful Caribbean stilt walkers, dancers and a fire-eater with a slide show of today’s racing shots.  Tomorrow the racing will continue with the new Caterpillar race which is the reverse of today’s Butterfly course and the forecast is looking good for even more wind.  

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The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is the premier classic sailing event of the Caribbean attracting a large number of Classics every year from all around the world.  In its 35th edition this year, the event enjoys a wonderful variety of competitors including traditional craft from the islands, vintage and classic ketches, sloops, schooners and yawls making the bulk of the fleet along with the more newly-built Spirit of Tradition yachts and Modern Classics.

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