Friday, May 10, 2013

Antigua Sailing Week Update

(English Harbour, Antigua)-  It’s been buzzing in Antigua as Falmouth Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard have been hosting the fast racing yachts from all over the world participating in the 46th Antigua Sailing Week. Beautiful sunshine, crystal clear blue skies and a gentle breeze produced a positive vibe for the first day of racing, with grins all around on the sailor's faces after three hours of racing in paradise-- just can't beat Caribbean-style sailing when the weather is simply so sweet!

J/120 offshore cruiser racer sailing AntiguaAfter three days of racing, it's pretty certain that Rick Wesslund's gang of merry-makers sailing their J/120 EL OCASO are hell-bent again to take silver in one of the longest running "classic Caribbean" regattas.  They are dueling for CSA Racing 3 leadership with some long-time J/105 sailing veterans, Phil & Wendy Lotz sailing their 42 ft ARETHUSA.  This one may go down to the wire!  Also racing in their class is Peter Lewis' J/105 WHISTLER.

J/39 cruiser racer sailboat- sailing Antigua Sailing WeekIn CSA Racing 4 class, the beautifully maintained J/39 SLEEPER VIII sailed by a crack team from the UK are keeping skipper/owner Jonty Layfield in the hunt for the top five.

Finally, it seems that Tom Mullen and crew on the J/95 SHAMROCK VIII are not only having a fantastic time, but like their fellow J sailors in the Caribbean circuit, simply can't have enough of the amazing sailing the trade-winds offer at this time of year.    For more Antigua Sailing Week sailing information