CSA Regatta Circuit, CSA Rule and Island Survey

Dear Competitors,

The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) is not just a rating rule administrator, but a Caribbean-wide membership organisation that includes regattas, yacht clubs, sailing programmes, measurers, race management professionals, and other interested parties around the region. We need and value your candid feedback as a competitor to understand what works, what doesn’t. Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts on Caribbean Racing. We will aggregate the results and and share them with the membership.

The survey relates to events in the 2024 Caribbean 5 Year Regatta Circuit Calendar but we appreciate feedback from boats who didn’t race this year and why.

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Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey. We can only improve what we do with your help and feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Caribbean in 2025 for the Regatta Circuit.

Michele Korteweg
President
Caribbean Sailing Association

Spirit and Competition shine at Antigua Sailing Week

 

Antigua, Saturday 4 May: The 55th edition of Antigua Sailing Week attracted 88 boats from 20 different countries and 750 crew from all over the world. Antigua Sailing Week is one of the most celebrated regattas in the sailing world; the 2024 edition added another great chapter. Light winds gave a gentle start to the regatta but that built to a full-on foam up by the final day. The racing through the classes was fierce and the camaraderie was strong.

The Final Prize Giving was held in the historic surroundings of Nelson’s Dockyard. Guests of Honour were the Governor-General of Antigua & Barbuda  His Excellency Dr. Sir Rodney Williams & E.P Chet Greene, Minister of Parliament for ST. Pauls. J’ana Million sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem of Antigua & Barbuda. Antigua Sailing Week President Alison Sly-Adams thanked all of the sponsors and the volunteer SWAT team, over a hundred strong, for their hard work. ASW Race Manager Jaime Torres was the Master of Ceremonies and welcomed the trophy winners to the stage. All of the Class Winners received Locman Italy watches presented by Camilla Holme.

The Lord Nelson Trophy is the biggest prize at Antigua Sailing Week and is adorned with the names of famous raceboats over six decades. Two boats have won the famous trophy three times in previous editions: Larry Ellison’s Farr Maxi Sayonara and Sir Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 Sojana. For the 55th edition of Antigua Sailing Week, the  J/122 El Ocaso has joined that elite club. Chartered to British couple Tony & Sally Mack, McFly on El Ocaso lifted the Lord Nelson Trophy in Nelson’s Dockyard Antigua for the best performance at Antigua Sailing Week.

RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=16104

Tony & Sally Mack’s team on J/122 McFly on El Ocaso (GBR) win the Lord Nelson Trophy and a haul of silverware at Antigua Sailing Week © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

McFly on El Ocaso (GBR) in superb conditions on the final day at Antigua Sailing Week © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

“I am feeling just fantastic!” exclaimed Tony Mack. “This is a lovely place to come sailing. I have been to world championships and I have never been to a prize giving like this one! The message to anybody is that if you can come and race out here, do it! Antigua Sailing Week is great fun.”

“You hope to surround yourself with good people and we have a golden rule that if we do well it is always a team effort. If we do badly it is down to me; the blame culture stops there! This has been very much a team effort, everybody worked so hard. We won and lost races by seconds, it was ever so competitive and that makes it mean a lot.”

Team McFly on J/122 El Ocaso (GBR) celebrate their win © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

CSA 1
Winning the Curtain Bluff Trophy and the Ricochet Trophy for best American yacht was Woody Cullen’s Swan 58 Wavewalker (USA). Winning the Corum Trophy for second was Sir Hugh Bailey’s Farr 45 Rebel (ANT) which also won the Hightide Trophy for best Antiguan yacht in CSA Racing. Adrian Lee’s Swan 60 Lee Overlay Partners II (GBR) was third.

“A super experience,” commented  Wavewalker’s Woody Cullen. “We worked really hard as a crew getting the boat ready and in training. We put a lot of effort into this and it just feels super!”

CSA 2
Winning the English Harbour Rum Trophy and also the Fletcher Trophy for Best British yacht was McFly on El Ocaso (GBR). Second in CSA 2 was Ed Bell’s Dawn Treader (GBR). Richard Matthews’ ST370 Holding Pattern (GBR) was third.

CSA 1 – Woody Cullen’s Swan 58 Wavewalker (USA) – © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com + Top image: Takumi Media

CSA 3
Winning the Chippy Fine Yacht Woodwork Trophy was Michel Ngo’s J/133 Credit Mutuel Jivaro (FRA). In second place was Chris Woods Swan 48 Assuage (GBR). David Crum’s Frers 46 Quintessence III (GBR) was third.

“The boat is really well prepared and we have a great crew,” commented Credit Mutuel Jivaro’s Michel Ngo. “This gives us an advantage and the design of the boat is really good for this type of racing. I was here five years ago with another boat and I have come back because I like this regatta as there’s always good wind, the courses are tactical and it is a very good week.”

CSA 4
Winning the Sanhall Trading Cup was First 40.7 Strada Geothermal – Escapado (GBR), skippered by Mark Zamaria (FRA). Second was Carlo Falcone’s One-Off Caccia alla Volpe (ANT). Patrick Holloran’s First 40.7 Caipirinha (GBR) was third.

“We have a superb team that have raced together a lot all over the world, that experience allowed us to gel quickly,” commented Strada Geothermal’s Mark Zamaria. “This week we had a charter boat but we brought our own sails. We have loved being here and we will definitely be coming back.”

CSA 5
Winning the Governor General’s Cup was Sacha Daunar’s FC10 Pepsi Zéro – Montebello (FRA). Second was Jean-Francois’ J/109 Sang Neuf (FRA). Third was Alan Paris’ J/99 Learning to Fly (USA). After being presented with their silverware, Sasha Daunar invited all of the podium teams to a group photo.

“On the water we fight for victory, but afterwards it is very important to congratulate everybody for a great competition,” commented Sasha. “When you sail, everybody is family!”

CSA 6
Winning the Grant Thornton Trophy was Nicolas Gillet’s Surprise 25 Clippers Ship (FRA). Second was Ashley Rhodes Melges 24 Whiplash (ANT). Tristan Marmouzes’ Surprise 25 GFA Caraïbes – La Morrigane (FRA) was third.

Michel Ngo’s J/133 Credit Mutuel Jivaro (FRA) win CSA3 © Takumi Media

Carlo Falcone’s One-Off Caccia alla Volpe (ANT) – Second in CSA Racing 4 © Takumi Media

CSA 6 winners – Nicolas Gillet’s Surprise 25 Clippers Ship – Doub 6 (FRA) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Bareboat 1
Racing in Bareboat 1, Tim Ford’s Braque KH+P (GBR) was the winner after strong competition from runner up Botero (USA) skippered by Patrick Henrikson. Braque KH+P was also declared overall winner of the three Bareboat Classes winning the Wave Ice Bucket. Tim Ford and his team come from Dorset, UK and are self-confessed Poole Pirates!

“We will be celebrating tonight!” laughed KH+P Braque’s Tim Ford. “It’s a very big surprise to win first overall in Bareboat. We think we can sail a bit in Poole, and this is justification to get more people to come to Antigua Sailing Week! We will definitely be back.”

Bareboat 2
Racing in Bareboat 2, Bill Lehnert’s young team Lunatic Fringe – Island Time  (USA) was the winner. A very close second was the ‘cool German kids’  racing Barbuda KH+P (GER). Lunatic Fringe was second overall in the Bareboat Class.

“I think this week, the young crew has learnt to work together as a team,” commented Lunatic Fringe’s Bill Lehnert. “They have learnt to work a big boat, big waves and big wind on a great race course!”

Bareboat 3
In Bareboat 3, the winner was Alex Pfeiffer’s Culebra KH+P (GER). Second was Helmut Haas’ with Nevis KH+P (GER).

“You always have to have the boat up to speed, that is the secret to one design racing,” commented KH+P Culebra’s Alex Pfeiffer. “It doesn’t matter what kind of one design boat it is. Good speed, the right tactics and a very good team will win the race.”

‘The Poole Pirates’ – Tim Ford’s team racing in Bareboat 1 on Braque KH+P (GBR) won class and Bareboat overall in a competitive fleet © Takumi Media

One Design Racing – Dragons and RS Elites
In the RS Elite Match Race, Justin Scott’s A Sombra da Bananeira (USA) won eight races to take the class. Second was Robbie Ferron’s Budget Marine (SMX) with five bullets, including the last two races.

In the Dragon Class, Poul Jensen’s Jabberwock (ANT) scored 10 race wins to take victory by five points from Simon Strauss’ Simplicity Dragon (GBR). Third was Neave O’Clery’s Fresia (GBR).

RS Elite One Design Class: Justin Scott’s A Sombra da Bananeira (USA) won class. Second was Robbie Ferron’s Budget Marine (SMX) © Takumi Media

Poul Jensen’s Jabberwock (ANT) wins the Dragon Class at Antigua Sailing Week 2024 © Paul Wyewth/pwpictures.com

Legacy Class
Winning the West Indies Publishing Cup Trophy in the Legacy Class was the youngest team at Antigua Sailing Week. Tyler Jones’ J/30 Absolute Properties Blue Peter (ANT) was co-skippered by his teenage sons Carrack and Tyden Jones with a team including crew as young as 12. Second was Bernie Evan-Wong’s Cal 40 Huey Too, and third was Sandy Mair’s Beneteau 35 Cricket (ANT).

“These kids have learnt that if you don’t give up and you push through, good things can happen,” commented Blue Peter’s Tanner Jones. “They didn’t stop once, they kept pushing each other and they were amazing.”

Legacy Class winners: Tyler Jones’ J/30 Absolute Properties Blue Peter (ANT) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Club Class Max
Winning the American Airlines Trophy in CSA Club Class Max by a single point was Matthias Maus’ Swan 65 Alpha Centauri of London (GER). Second by the narrowest of margins was Juerg Schneider’s Swan 65 Saida (SUI). Third was Thierry Bergerault’s XP-50 Madness (FRA).

“That was so close and a good match race this year,” commented Alpha Centauri’s Matthias Maus. “It was fantastic racing, we both had full crews who knew the boats well. The winner came down to unforeseen circumstances, which you cannot calculate, so luck played its part!”

Club Class Modern
Jon Constantine’s Feeling 39 Imagine of Falmouth (ANT) was the winner of CSA Club Class Modern by a single point from Ian Galbraith’s Oyster 53 Jigsaw (SCO). Third was Sebastian Gylling’s Swan 51 Eira (FIN) from the beautiful Nyländska Jaktklubben in Helsinki.

“Just one point between the 1-2-3,” smiled Imagine of Falmouth’s Jon Constantine at the prize giving. “It was a fight for the win. On board we had one of the Youth 2 Keel graduates from last year; Ryanne Small and she is great. We like to encourage that here, sailing for young people is what Antigua is all about, we have got to bring them on.”

Club Class Max – Matthias Maus’ Swan 65 Alpha Centauri of London (GER) © Takumi Media

Jon Constantine’s Feeling 39 Imagine of Falmouth (ANT) was the winner of CSA Club Class Modern © Takumi Media

After a wonderful Final Prize Giving, Asha Otto & Itchy Feet played a live set on the main stage followed by the After Party with DJ Charlie spinning the tunes until the early hours.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year at the 56th Edition of Antigua Sailing Week in 2025.

For more information about Antigua Sailing Week including racing, watching the action and the fun-packed shoreside entertainment, visit the official website: www.sailingweek.com

RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=16104

ENDS/… Louay Habib

Nelson’s Dockyard was the venue for the final Prizegiving at Antigua Sailing Week © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Classic Conditions for Antigua Sailing Week – Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Race Day 5

Jim Vos’ RP 37 Warthog (ANT) on the final day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Racing at Antigua Sailing Week came to a spectacular finale with Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Race Day. Full trade winds blasted across the race area, bathed in sunshine. The 55th edition was blessed with classic conditions to decide Class Winners for the world famous regatta.

The CSA Racing Classes raced on the exposed Windward Course with a strong south easterly breeze. The long windward-leeward courses used the offshore mark Shirley South as a top mark. On the Rendezvous Course, the Bareboats, Legacy and Club Classes enjoyed triangular courses including the offshore mark Old Road, which provided spectacular deep water downwind action for the fleet.

Congratulations to all of the provisional race winners on Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Race Day: Wavewalker, Whiplash, Pepsi Zéro–Montebello, Warthog, Holding Pattern, Assuage, Caccia alla Volpe, Credit Mutuel Jivaro, Strada Geothermal Escapado, Huey Too, RYU, Miro, Braque-KH+P, Botero, Barbuda KH+P, Nolde KH+P, Team Budget Marine Oozlumbird, and Simplicity Dragon.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=16104

Spectacular scenery, trade winds and the turquoise waters of Antigua & Barbuda welcomed over 750 sailors competing at Antigua Sailing Week this year © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

“I hope all of the sailors have had a fun and safe regatta, and a special experience,” commented Hon. ‘Max’ Fernandez. The Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Transportation & Investment. “Antigua & Barbuda is such a beautiful country, but even more important than that is the feedback from our visitors who say that the people of Antigua & Barbuda are so friendly. As well as coming here to race at Antigua Sailing Week, visitors are welcome into our communities and interact. We hope that the sailors at Antigua Sailing Week have enjoyed a wonderful experience. The Ministry of Tourism realises the importance of the yachting sector and we are working very hard to concentrate on that; we are committed to improve. To all the sailors at Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua & Barbuda treasure your presence here, and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.”

Sir Richard Matthews’ ST370 Holding Pattern (GBR) won the last race on the finale day in Racing 2 © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Bernie Evan Wong’s Modified Cal 40 Huey Too (ANT) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Woody Cullen’s Swan 58 Wavewalker (USA) in Racing 1 © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Ashley Rhodes’ Melges 24 Whiplash (ANT) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Race Day Daily Prize Giving was held after racing in Nelson’s Dockyard, honouring today’s race winners. To follow was one of the greatest occasions in sailing. The legendary Antigua Sailing Week Final Prize Giving in Nelson’s Dockyard has been a memorable event for over 50 years. Class winners will celebrate their triumphs in the historic surroundings of huge historical significance. Special awards will also be announced, followed by the climax; the proclamation of the winner of the Lord Nelson Trophy at the 55th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Live music will follow with the sensational Asha Otto & Itchy Feet. DJ Charlie will spin the tunes into the night for the after party.

For more information about Antigua Sailing Week including racing, watching the action and the fun-packed shoreside entertainment, visit the official website: www.sailingweek.com

Follow on social media: #antiguasailingweek #ASW55 #racechasecelebrate #asw2024

ENDS/… Louay Habib

Celebrating Women on the Water at Antigua Sailing Week – Antigua Yacht Club Marina Women’s Race Day

Thursday, May 2: Racing at Antigua Sailing Week continued with Antigua Yacht Club Marina (AYCM) Women’s Race Day. One hundred and ninety women are racing at the 55th edition of Antigua Sailing Week, representing over a quarter of the sailors competing. 75% of the 88 boat fleet have women on board for the famous regatta.

Antiguan sailor Junella King has been very much in the limelight since victory with Maiden in the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race. Junella returned to Antigua for AYCM Women’s Race Day at Antigua Sailing Week. She started sailing at the National Sailing Academy in 2015 and became a dinghy instructor in 2019. Junella joined the Maiden Factor after meeting Tracy Edwards in 2021. Racing on Maiden, she became the youngest black women to navigate around Cape Horn. Antigua Sailing Week President, Alison Sly-Adams welcomed Junella King to the stage on AYCM Women’s Race Day. To a huge ovation, Junella accepted the award for Inspirational Woman in Sailing; being presented with a Locman Italy timepiece.

Junella King accepts the Inspirational Women in Sailing Award at Antigua Sailing Week. Left to right: Camilla Holme – Locman Italy with previous winners: Lyssandra Barbieri – Second Star Sailing, Pippa Turton – Previous owner Miramar Sailing © 268 Media/Travis Harris

 

After three days of gentle conditions, the trade winds were in for AYCM Women’s Race Day. White horses were speckled across both spectacular race courses, with 17 knots from the east piping up to over 20 knots in the gusts. As the penultimate day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week, contenders for class honours are beginning to emerge.

Congratulations to all of the provisional race winners on AYCM Women’s Race Day: Wavewalker, Clippers Ship Doub 6, Pepsi Zéro–Montebello, Dawn Treader, Team Budget Marine, Assuage, Credit Mutuel Jivaro, RYU, Absolute Properties Blue Peter, Imagine of Falmouth, Strada Geothermal Escapado, Caccia alla Volpe, Cricket, Botero, Cachucha, Culebra KH+P, Braque-KH+P, Barbuda KH+P, Jabberwock, Simplicity Dragon, Donna, and Team Budget Marine Oozlumbird.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=16104

Nathalie Criou’s Envolee (USA) and Pepsi Zero – Montebello (FRA) enjoyed spectacular racing conditions © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

On AYCM Women’s Race Day, the CSA Racing Classes were in action on the Rendezvous Course, strutting their stuff on short sharp windward leeward courses. On the Windward Course, the Bareboats, Legacy and Club Classes enjoyed courses on long legs at every point of sail. With two-metre swell the Windward fleet experienced spectacular ocean racing conditions.

In CSA 3, Michel Ngo’s J/133 Credit Mutuel Jivaro (FRA) from Martinique has a substantial lead having scored a string of bullets. Chris Woods Swan 48 Assuage (GBR) scored their second race win of the regatta by just two seconds after CSA time correction. Assuage is in second place just 2.5 points ahead of David Crum’s Frers 46 Quintessence III (USA).

Katy Campbell’s Salona 45 Panacea X (CAN) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Katy Campbell’s Salona 45 Panacea X (CAN) is racing in CSA 3 with seven women on board, including Antiguan Youth 2 Keel sailors Belinda Gilbert and Jhanna Paredes. “To see where past Y2K sailors are right now, like Junella is so inspiring,” commented Jhanna, referring to Antigua’s Junella King, part of the Maiden Crew that has just won the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race – the first all-female crew to win a round the world yacht race. “I see what Junella has done and I look at sailing not just as a sport but as a way of life. It shows that young girls in Antigua have talent and potential,” continued Belinda Gilbert.

In CSA 4 First 40.7 Strada Geothermal Escapado (FRA), with a team from Antibes skippered by Mark Zamaria, leads the class having notched up six race wins. Carlo Falcone’s one-off Caccia alla Volpe (ANT) has scored three race wins to place second, just five points off the lead. Patrick Holloran’s First 40.7 Caipirinha (GBR) is in third.

Lyssandra Barbieri’s Dufour 40 Hatha Maris (ANT) is racing in CSA 4 with an all-women crew © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Lyssandra Barbieri’s Dufour 40 Hatha Maris (ANT) is racing in CSA 4 with an all-women crew. Hatha Maris is based in Jolly Harbour. The sailing school Second Star Sailing organises the Women At The Helm project, open to all women eager to gain sailing and racing experience. “Two of the crew have never sailed before and two more have very little experience. We have progressed as a team to a level where we can pull off sharp manoeuvres. Out on the race course competitors have been encouraging us, which is great. We are really enjoying the parties but always ready to sail as best we can every day too. We have not stopped laughing all week!”

Beth Fleisher’s ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill” (USA) among the Dragon fleet © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Antigua Sailing Week features the classic International Dragon Class, racing in both Falmouth Harbour and on the south coast of Antigua. Antigua Yacht Club Marina is home to a fleet of Dragons available for invitational events. The Dragon Class at Antigua Sailing Week is being dominated by Poul Høj Jensen’s team racing Jabberwock (ANT). Poul is a double Olympic Gold Medallist, has won the Dragon World Championships two times and the Dragon Gold Cup five times!

On AYCM Women’s Day it was a wet ride in the Dragon Class with two-metre seas outside Falmouth Harbour. Beth Fleisher’s astonishingly named ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill” (USA) is from Southold YC, New York. The team didn’t score a race win, but did fish a competitor out of the water who had gone overboard!

“We don’t normally sail Dragons, but they are fast, tweaky and fun to sail. It’s something new and very different to the J/80 that we sail back home,” commented Beth Fleisher who is racing with her son Ben and sisters Caroline and Charlotte Keil. “Everything we are learning here is going to be a great bring-back. This the first Antigua Sailing Week for all of us. Everybody is really friendly, it’s a great community, the spirit of the event is fantastic.”

Shirley Falcone on Caccia alla Volpe (ANT) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

After racing, the Regatta Bars were lively on the Antigua Yacht Club Lawn. A jam-packed crowd cheered on the prize winners on stage at the AYCM Women’s Day Daily Prize Giving. The fancy dress theme of Ladies Nite in White at the AYCM Platform was accompanied by Antiguan Party-Band Climaxx. Later in the evening, Antigua Sailing Week party go’ers will get a second helping from Black Slate. The British Reggae sensation is all set for a live performance at Lucky Eddi’s in Falmouth Harbour.

Racing at Antigua Sailing Week will come to a thrilling climax on Friday 3 May with Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Race Day, followed by the Final Prize Giving in Nelson’s Dockyard.

Absolute Properties – Blue Peter (ANT) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Heating Up at Antigua Sailing Week – Citizenship By Investment Unit Race Day

Two Swan 65s are enjoying a great battle in the CSA Club Class Max – Saida and Alpha Centauri of London © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Tuesday, April 30: Racing at Antigua Sailing Week goes past the halfway mark on Day 3 for Citizenship By Investment Unit Race Day. The warm trade winds continued to build, with a south easterly gradient breeze piping up to 15 knots. Squall activity early in the day caused some big shifts, mixing it up for the 88 boat international fleet.

The CSA Racing Classes duked it out on short, sharp, windward leeward courses off Windward Beach. Sir Hugh Bailey’s Farr 45 Rebel (ANT) had a red hot day with two bullets in CSA 1, moving up the big boat rankings to just three point off the leader, after a race win by Woody Cullen’s Swan 58 Wavewalker (USA). The close racing was exemplified in CSA 3 by a tie for first after CSA time correction between Chris Wood’s Swan 48 Assuage (GBR) and Michel Ngo’s J/133 Credit Mutuel Jivaro (FRA).

Congratulations to all of the provisional Class Winners on Citizenship By Investment Unit Race Day: Rebel, Wavewalker, Sang Neuf, Clippers Ship Doub 6, Pepsi Zéro–Montebello, Assuage, Credit Mutuel Jivaro, McFly on El Ocaso, Strada Geothermal Escapado, Caccia alla Volpe, Madness, Jigsaw, Absolute Properties Blue Peter, Braque-KH+P, Lunatic Fringe Island Time, Nevis KH+P, Noble KH+P, Jabberwock, and Donna.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=16104

Sir Hugh Bailey’s Farr 45 Rebel (ANT) had a red hot day with two bullets in CSA 1 © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

On the Rendezvous Course the Bareboats enjoyed a course including the deep water mark Old Road. The Maxi Club Class enjoyed a stunning coastal course including Curtains, the closest mark to the spectacular Cades Reef. Today’s race victory in CSA Club Class Max went to Thierry Bergerault‘s XP-50 Madness (FRA). However, Two Swan 65s are battling it out at the top of the class. Matthias Maus’ Alpha Centauri of London (GER) and Juerg Schneider’s Saida (SUI) are both from the design board of Sparkman & Stephens and launched in 1973. Saida is Hull #5 and Alpha Centauri #7. Saida leads the CSA Club Class Max by two points from Alpha Centauri of London.

“At Antigua Sailing Week, especially today, we had a very nice match race with Alpha Centauri,” commented Juerg Schneider. “At the start we were on starboard and they were on port, but I didn’t want to risk any damage. With these boats you cannot take too many risks. The first two legs were really fantastic, we were tacking together until Alpha Centauri had a sail issue and we got ahead. On the helm of Saida it is amazing, so light, and it is like she is on rails, an incredible feeling.”

Leading CSA Club Class Max – Juerg Schneider’s Swan 65 Saida (SUI) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

A place on the podium for the crew of Swan 65 Saida (SUI) © 268 Media/Travis Harris

CSA Club Class Modern is proving to be a very tight contest. Sebastian Gylling’s Swan 51 Eira (FIN) leads the class, but Ian Galbraith’s Oyster 53 Jigsaw (SCO) was today’s race winner, pushing Jigsaw up to second for the regatta on countback from Jon Constantine’s Feeling 39 Imagine of Falmouth (GBR). Germaine Williams’ Harmony 52 Sao Jorge is also in the mix in fourth.

Ian Galbraith’s Jigsaw has been coming to Antigua Sailing Week for many years. Jigsaw is often the first boat to enter and the team are also often the first out on the dance floor. “We sailed the boat well today and the course suited us more than previous days. We are delighted with the win,” commented Ian. “It is always good to win a bottle of English Harbour Rum and we will celebrate on Pigeon Point Beach on Lay Day tomorrow!”

Ian Galbraith’s Oyster 53 Jigsaw (SCO) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

In the One Design Bareboat 3 Class, Helmut Haas’ Dufour 460 Nevis KH+P (GER) leads the class, but a fourth place today has reduced their advantage. Alex Pfeiffer racing Dufour 460 Culebra KH+P (GER) is just two points behind the leader. Dobler Ulrich’s Dufour 460 Albatross KH+P (GER) is third.

Three KH+P bareboats with teams from Germany are topping the class in Bareboat 3 © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Just two RS Elites are match racing their way through Antigua Sailing Week. Justin Scott’s Donna (USA) and Robbie Ferron’s Team Budget Marine Oozlumbird (SMX). Weighing at over 1000kg when the three crew are on board, and sporting a huge roached mainsail, the 7.4 metre keelboat with a symmetrical spinnaker can be likened to a mini-America’s Cup boat from year’s gone by.

Race Officer for the RS Elites is Paul Jackson who is enjoying the close match race immensely. “The fight to win the pin, starting on port, picking the lift under the cliffs – it’s great racing!” commented Jackson.

Justin Scott’s Donna (USA) and Robbie Ferron’s Team Budget Marine Oozlumbird (SMX) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Tonight, thousands of revellers will be at the 13th edition of Reggae in the Park, with top acts from Antigua and Jamaica performing live at Dow’s Hill, English Harbour. Headlining is Jamaican reggae star Sanchez. DJ Illist will open the concert, featuring trending Antiguan talent: Steel Band Hells Gate, party-band 1761, Drastic, and the wonderful Kenne Blessin. DJ Exorcist will keep the party going by spinning tunes between acts.

Racing at Antigua Sailing Week takes a break to recover from Reggae in the Park. On Wednesday, Lay Day on Pigeon Point Beach will be full of fun, including RS Feva Racing, Tug ‘o War and more, plus DJs, pop-up bars and grills.

For more information about Antigua Sailing Week including racing, watching the action and the fun-packed shoreside entertainment, visit the official website: www.sailingweek.com

Follow on social media: #antiguasailingweek #ASW55 #racechasecelebrate #asw2024

ENDS/… Louay Habib

Youth in the limelight at Antigua Sailing Week Axxess Marine Youth 2 Keel Race Day

Celebrating youth sailing on Axxess Marine Youth 2 Keel Race Day at Antigua Sailing Week © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Monday, April 29: The breeze was on the up for the second day of Antigua Sailing Week, celebrating youth sailing on Axxess Marine Youth 2 Keel Race Day. The 10-knot easterly breeze piped up during the day, gusting up to 15 knots. Today’s race courses were a windward leeward festival of racing along the impressive south coast of Antigua. The keys to victory were nailing the manoeuvres and staying in clear air, especially in the CSA Racing Classes on the Rendezvous Course.

Congratulations to all of the provisional Class Winners on Axxess Marine Youth 2 Keel Race Day: Wavewalker, Sang Neuf, Clippers Ship Daub 6, GFA Caraïbes – La Morrigane, Pepsi Zéro–Montebello, Credit Mutuel Jivaro, Quintessence III, McFly on El Ocaso, Strada Geothermal Escapado, Caccia alla Volpe, Alpha Centauri of London, Eira, Absolute Properties Blue Peter, Hightide, Braque-KH+P, Lunatic Fringe Island Time, Nevis KH+P, Jabberwock and Fresia.

RESULTS LINK – https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=16104

Axxess Marine Youth 2 Keel Race Day is all about celebrating youth, the future of the sport of sailing. Since the Youth 2 Keel (Y2K) programme was launched five years ago 150 young sailors have raced at Antigua Sailing Week. This year a record 48 young sailors are racing, nudging that total close to 200. The Y2K sailors at Antigua Sailing Week are selected from the National Sailing Academy and Antigua Yacht Club and race on 17 different boats. Nearly a third are female and the youngest are just 12 years of age.

This year a record 48 young sailors are racing as part of the Y2K Programme © 268 Media/Travis Harris

 

The Y2K programme gives Antiguan youth sailors more than just a springboard into Antigua Sailing Week; that is just the start of the journey. Many past Y2K sailors have taken up employment in the marine industry, both in Antigua and overseas. Based in Falmouth Harbour Antigua, Axxess Marine is a global provider of connectivity and communication solutions. This is the third year that Axxess Marine has supported the Y2K Programme at Antigua Sailing Week.

“Especially for the employees of Axxess Marine who are Antiguan nationals, it is really good to be connected to a company that is fostering youth development,” commented Axxess Marine Marketing Manager, Reeva Armstrong. “Without Y2K, the marine industry is an area that these youths don’t get exposure to. That is the heart and soul of Axxess Marine’s involvement in supporting Y2K. We have developed a personal relationship with these kids over the last three years and it is amazing to see how they have developed in that time. For Axxess Marine, seeing these kids progress and make their way in sailing is as personal as it gets.”

Seven crew on Tanner Jones’ J/30 Absolute Properties Blue Peter (ANT) are part of the Y2K Programme © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Racing in the Legacy Class at Antigua Sailing Week are some of the legends of the regatta with decades of experience, well, all bar one boat. Tanner Jones’ J/30 Absolute Properties Blue Peter (ANT).

Tanner is on board Blue Peter, but the remaining seven crew are all part of the Y2K Programme. Co-skippers Carrack and Tyden Jones are just 13 and 14 respectively. Also racing on board is believed to be the youngest sailors at Antigua Sailing Week; Isla Brookes and Jhamely Parades are just 12 years old. The teenage crew includes Linc Beswick, Cosmo Brookes, Mia Duce and Imani John Polanco. Blue Peter is leading the Legacy Class after four races from Geoffrey Pidduck’s Dehler 34 Hightide (ANT).

“Most of the crew have sailed together before on Blue Peter, but racing at Antigua Sailing Week is great,” commented Carrack Jones. “The other boats in our class don’t treat us any different just because we are young, so the competition is really tough. Our spinnaker hoists and drops were good today, and there were plenty of them.”

Ashley Rhodes Melges 24 Whiplash (ANT). All of Ashley’s crew are past or present Y2K sailors © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Racing in the pocket-rocket CSA 6 Class is Ashley Rhodes Melges 24 Whiplash (ANT). All of Ashley’s crew are past or present Y2K sailors heralding from the AYC Youth Programme. Sixteen-year-olds on board are Luca Deleau, Emily Gaillard, Patrick Greensmith and Alistair Knoblauch. Tactician Rhone Kirby came up through Y2K and is now an instructor at the Antigua Yacht Club.

“Of course it is important for the Y2K youths to know how to sail, but a positive attitude and taking up the challenge are just as important,” commented Rhone Kirby. “There are not many countries like Antigua that have been running a youth programme for so long, and it is definitely producing great sailors.”

National Sailing Academy’s 1720 NSA Challenger © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

A brand new team for Antigua Sailing Week is the National Sailing Academy’s 1720 NSA Challenger. The entire team are sailors from the NSA, skippered by 23 year-old Tajanica Thomas with Y2K Senior T’Quan James. The young teenage crew are all from the National Sailing Academy.

“Challenger is a young teenage crew that race dinghies, but have never sailed keelboats before,” smiled Tajanica Thomas. “It is a different situation for myself as usually I am not in the boat with them. Our performance is improving with every race and our long term goal is to be competitive next year.”

Bareboat 3 – Bill Lehnert’s Lunatic Fringe – Island Time III (USA) crew includes five teenagers © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

 

Racing in Bareboat 2 is Bill Lehnert’s Lunatic Fringe – Island Time III (USA). Bill Lehnert’s team competed in the Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta and won an all-expenses paid trip for six to Antigua Sailing Week. The crew is made up of two families including five teenagers.

“We are a multi-generational family team consisting of brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and some great friends for good measure!” says Bill Lehnert. “We’ve been sailing together for 20+ years and the younger crew are in High School and have been friends since they were born. We have four women aboard (three teens), all skilled sailors that have skippered numerous types of boats from dinghies to big boats.”

Winners were celebrated at the Axxess Marine Youth2Keel Prizegiving © Takumi Media

 

After racing the Regatta Bars were bustling for business, cold Heineken was top of the hit list at the Antigua Yacht Club Lawn. A packed house cheered the winners on stage at the Axxess Marine Youth 2 Keel Daily Prize Giving.

The fancy dress theme of Tropical Shirt Nite produced some crazy colours on the dance floor at the AYCM Platform. Cover-band Those Guys Again ripped out some banging tracks. Racing at Antigua Sailing Week continues on Tuesday 30 April with Citizenship By Investment Unit Race Day.

Axxess Marine Youth 2 Keel Race Day is all about celebrating youth, the future of the sport of sailing © 268 Media/Travis Harris

Youth sailors are often given opportunities to race by Sir Hugh Bailey on his Farr 45 Rebel (ANT) © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Seven crew on Absolute Properties Blue Peter (ANT) are part of the Y2K Programme © 268 Media/Travis Harris

For more information about Antigua Sailing Week including racing, watching the action and the fun-packed shoreside entertainment, visit the official website: www.sailingweek.com

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ENDS/… Louay Habib

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