Caribbean Sailing Week (CSW) is the newly formed annual event which will combine the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) Caribbean Dinghy Championship and the Annual Conference in one major event each October.
The event will combine the Annual General Meeting, Regatta Organisers Conference, Sailing Development Meeting, Measurers Meeting along side the racing in the Caribbean Dinghy Championship and new for 2019 clinics both on and off the water for sailors and race officials.
The conference consists of three days; the Annual General Meeting on day one, followed by two days of discussion, presentations and strategising about regatta organisation, marketing, race management measurement and sailing development.
In previous years speakers have included Peter Holmberg, representatives from Sailors for the Sea, Tim Cross as World Sailing Caribbean regional coordinator and many of the organisers and race managers from across the region. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to discuss concerns, pitch ideas and seek support from peers, sponsors and industry stakeholders.
For 2019 a new race format will deliver three days of racig in four class events: Laser & Laser Radial, RS Feva, Optimist and a new keel boat class. Each class will be a Caribbean championship. A Nations Trophy will then be awarded based on criterea to be announced.
The requirement of a team of 6 people previously needed meant that few islands could afford to compete. The new format has been designed to open up participation across more islands in the region. Added to that to ensure more islands can take part, a round robin format will be used in classes with high participation.
Who is Eligible?
The Conference and CDC are open to members of the CSA from across the region and is attended by regatta directors, marketeers, measurers, yacht club managers, sailing programme managers, other members and professionals within the industry.
The first Annual 2019 Caribbean Sailing Week will take place in Antigua from October 17-20, 2019.
A detailed CDC, Conference and AGM Schedule will also be available on the website in the near future.
Any organisations who are not members and would like to take part can review the membership opportunities. Any individuals or businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities including presenting at the conference are welcome to get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
To find out more about Caribbean Sailing Week visit the official website www.caribbeansailingweek.com