The first race of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, Old Road, started with winds gusting up to 35 knots, but all sailors returned from racing safely, with smiles on their faces as everyone is so pleased to be back on the water after two years of postponements.
Winners in their classes were the beautiful 114 foot staysail schooner Aschanti IV and the Classic 36ft sloop Alani sailing in her first Classics regatta. They were joined by the traditional Carriacou work boat Genesis, vintage 1936 Seefalke II, spirit of tradition 9ft’ yawl Bequia, the tall ship class 157ft staysail ketch Chronos and the historic class 44ft LJ Windward.
The Dragon Challenge was moved to Falmouth Bay due to the sea state outside the harbour.
Seven Olympic class 29ft one-design keel boats closely competed against each other with the 2019 winner, Rocco Falcone representing Antigua Yacht Club, successfully defending his challenge against New York, Cortina Italy, Mill Reef Antigua, Monaco and St Maarten yacht clubs.
All crews celebrated after racing and are prepared for racing tomorrow.
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