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30TH ACYR TO BE HOSTED AT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Friday 3rd February 2017


Classic yachts at Nelson's Dockyard. Photo by: Ted Martin

English Harbour, Antigua, February 2nd,  2017 - 30th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta to be hosted in UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nelson's Dockyard

As a special celebration for 2017, Antigua Yacht Club is proud to partner with the National Parks Authority to host the 30th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in Nelson’s Dockyard, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exquisitely restored 18th century Dockyard is the perfect stage for this world-class sailing event- the first in the series of the annual Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge. ACYR runs April 19th - 25th.

The 2017 list of entrants is growing long. Last year’s overall winner, the 46’ Kettenburg sloop Janley is returning to defend her title along with Columbia, the 141’ replica of the 1923 Gloucester Fishing Schooner. Samara T, a 43’ gaff cutter is sailing 1700 miles from Canada; Faiaoahe, a 66’ Spirit of tradition boat, recently crossed the Atlantic; and Stiletto, a 33’ Kim Holman sloop, will arrive by ship from the US. Herreshoff designs causing a stir include the 137’ gaff-rigged schooner Mariette of 1915; the 136’ schooner Elena of London and the venerable 1926 built Mary Rose. Numerous beauties debuting  include Spirit of Bermuda, a 112’ three masted schooner, the 115’ schooner Eros and the 46’ yawl Musketeer of Stutton.

Shoreside activities, enhanced for this momentous year, kick off with a dockside marina mingle. The schedule features numerous stage performances, the Concours d’Elégance, Owner’s Party and popular Gig Racing and Cream Tea Party. Highlighting the week is the Vintage Ball, an evening of costumes and fine dining set amidst the extraordinary ambience of the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel.The regatta owes it’s success to generous sponsors, enthusiastic sailors, teams of volunteers and one man who gave it his heart and soul. Kenny Coombs was at the helm for 25 years until his untimely death in 2013. It is fitting that for the 30th regatta, his wife, Jane Coombs, is co-chair along with traditional yacht enthusiast, Alexis Andrew.

The 30th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta will be a once in a lifetime celebration. Discounted entry fees apply through February 28th.


Photo: Onne van der Wal

Panerai
Founded in 1860 in Florence when it consisted of a boutique, a workshop and a watchmaking school, Officine Panerai was for years the supplier of precision instruments to the Italian Navy, in particular equipping the commando frogmen. The projects which were created at that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir watches, continued to be covered by military secrecy for many years, until the purchase of the brand by the Richemont Group in 1997 and the brand’s subsequent launch on the international market. Today, Officine Panerai develops and produces its own movements and watches – combining Italian design and history with Swiss craftsmanship – in its manufacture at Neuchâtel, and these are sold worldwide through an exclusive global network of authorized dealers, and in its own-brand boutiques throughout the world. www.panerai.com.

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
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 30th edition this year, the event enjoys a wonderful variety of competitors including traditional craft from the islands, vintage & classic ketches, sloops, schooners and yawls making the bulk of the fleet, together with the stunningly beautiful J Class, Tall Ships and more newly-built Spirit of Tradition yachts.


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