ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

NEWS AND SPECIALS

Back to Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA - RACE 3 & PARADE OF CLASSICS
Tuesday 24th April 2012

Little did we know there was so much musical talent amongst this year s race competitors and crew until all was revealed at Saturday night's memorable Musical Night at the Antigua Yacht Club!

Acts included 'Old Bob' sea shanties,  My Favourite Things  sung by eight year old Seline from 'Lone Fox', an ad-lib keyboard player, some very talented guitarists and female vocalists and a fabulous local band rounding off the evening with violin, double bass, Brazilian vocalist and some incredibly talented guitar playing and many more fabulous musical and singing acts in between.

Add to this line up a couple of raunchy dance routines performed by local ladies  dance group,  Attitude  (which happens to include our very own yacht club commodore!) and you truly have a night to remember! 

This morning a patchwork sight of tan, cream and white sail patterns bobbing on a shimmering blue sea greeted those lucky enough to be out on spectator boats as again the regatta was blessed weather-wise on this the third day of racing in the 25th Antigua Yacht Regatta, the first regatta of the 2012 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. There was even a sighting of a breaching whale for those lucky enough to be in the right place on the course at the right time!

Sea states again were calm and the light winds of the past few days prevailed, upping only very slightly as the morning progressed to 11 -12 knots, resulting in a gentle but closely challenging, incident -free day of sailing as the 56 strong fleet of beautiful classic yachts vied for position around the 24-mile reciprocal ' Cannon'  the photographer s dream ticket of a course.

With two easy reaches to the outer mark and likewise gentle homeward runs. all contenders finished the race in good time to participate in the Parade of Classics in English Harbour, giving spectators from all over the island a wonderful lunchtime spectacle!
 
This annual occasion offers the opportunity for all yachts in the regatta to show off their finery to the delight of the throngs of spectators lining the shore with the waterside cafes and restaurants filled to capacity. As each parading yacht passes close to Antigua slipway amidst broadside cannon fire and raucous cheers, each one is introduced by  the voice of English Harbour , local resident and infamous veteran schooner man, Jol Byerley.
Entering into the spirit of the regatta, many boats dress overall as do some of the crew!  Most noticeable this year was Phil Kerin on the French-built, 'St Briac' who not only had  Napoleon  aboard but also a scantily clad serving wench straight out of ' Alo  Alo! ' amongst a crew of Breton garlic sellers!

Sunday's festivities concluded with the sumptuous Sail Maine Party, hosted by Portland Yacht Services at the Antigua Yacht Club. Wayfarer Marine, Brooklin Boat Yard, Rockport Marine, Hodgdon Yachts, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding and Hinkley were co-sponsors of the feast, which included free drinks, Maine lobster and seafood in addition to an assortment of hors d oeuvres. Live music by one of the  hottest  bands on the island, 17°61 topped off this fabulous evening.


Click here for all News and Specials for Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

 
connect with antiguanice.com
FacebookTwitterYoutubeNewsletterRSS

contact
TEL: +1 (268) 460-1799
EMAIL: info@antiguaclassics.com
FIND US ON: Facebook
WEBSITE: Click here

news and specials

CANCELLATION OF 2021 ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

Tuesday 23rd March 2021
For classic yachts already here, we are hoping to hold an informal sailing only weekend at the end o...
Read More

POSTPONEMENT OF ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

Monday 16th March 2020
The committee has decided to postpone the Regatta until next year. ...
Read More

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA RACE UPDATES

Wednesday 11th March 2020
New boats joining the fleet, sponsor and race updates plus more as we look forward to the regatta ov...
Read More

ACYR NOTICE OF RACE AND UPDATES

Friday 17th January 2020
View the Notice of Race and register if you haven't as yet. The fees are reduced prior to March 1st....
Read More

ACYR: OUR 2020 FLEET IS SHAPING UP NICELY

Friday 15th November 2019
Changing the dates of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta has enabled various past participants to att...
Read More

All News Stories and Specials


photo gallery
To view more photos of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta click here View Image Gallery
To view more photos of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta click here View Image Gallery
To view more photos of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta click here View Image Gallery
To view more photos of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2011 click here View Image Gallery