Our 2023 long-sleeve performance shirt is now available, sponsored by Seahawk Paint. Seahawk has been our sponsor since 2019 which we appreciate that way we can provide a high-quality branded shirt to our supporters.
You will be wearing our logo across the chest and a map of all the major regattas happening around the Caribbean for 2023 on the back of the shirt. It will be a great souvenir shirt if you are participating in any regatta next year.
The shirts are available in Antigua at the CSA Office at the National Sailing Academy and in St. Maarten at the SXM Yacht.
Deep into the winter months of the Northern Hemisphere, Antigua is blessed with warm trade winds and ocean swell. The RORC Caribbean 600 is a bucket-list offshore event for thousands of Corinthian and professional sailors, and for 2023 and beyond, the desire for more boats to participate in a variety of races has led to the creation of the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series. The 11-day programme features all the hallmarks of racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, including professional race management and memorable social events.
Between 13th & 24th February 2023, the RORC, supported by the Antigua Yacht Club will organise the inaugural RORC Nelson’s Cup Series, followed by the 14th RORC Caribbean 600. Six Races are scheduled, with a full social programme ashore. Racing under IRC, MOCRA and One-Design Rules, competitors can take part in all or part of the Series. For boats competing in the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, there is no additional entry fee for the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series. Teams wishing to compete in just the inshore racing will have a nominal entry fee.
Some of the most successful teams in recent years have already entered the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series, and about 80 boats are expected for the 600-mile offshore race. Early entries for the six-race series include proven winners on the world stage of offshore racing, including RORC Vice Commodore Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD54 Teasing Machine (FRA), Niklas Zennström’s CF-520 Rán 8 (SWE), Ker 46 Daguet 3 – Corum (FRA), skippered by Frederic Puzin, and RORC Commodore James Neville’s HH42 Ino XXX (GBR).
The Series will have a variety of racecourses tailored to give all entrants an equal chance of winning after IRC time correction. The smallest of the early entries is Pogo 12.50 Kai (GBR), which will be raced Two-Handed by Tim Knight & Tony Harris. A significant number of local Antiguan boats are expected to take-up the challenge of racing against some of the world’s most accomplished teams.
All travel restrictions have now been removed for Antigua & Barbuda for many months, resulting in an international fleet set for a spectacular regatta. Realistically the 2023 RORC Nelson’s Cup Series is unlikely to have a huge entry. However, the RORC are committed to growing the Series and there is only one inaugural regatta.
The Notice of Race for the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series has been published and on-line entry is open. More details and downloads at: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/
2022 overall winners Ting Too; Godspeed crosses ahead of Jitterbug; Passing Guana Island; New Beginnings, 1st Cruiser
Seven boats took on the 2022 Nanny Cay Round Tortola Race on Saturday 12 November in a race that will go down in history as one of the longest on record!
Light winds were forecast but the reality was even less breeze than anticipated, providing for some challenging conditions. It was no surprise that no-body chose to enter the Nanny Cay Challenge this year, with all boats taking the shorter, 28 mile route. The format for the day was a pursuit race which, in an ideal world sees all boats finishing at the same time and first across the line takes the prize.
Last away but first home was Ting Too, Chris Haycraft’s Corsair 31, posting an elapsed time of 5 hours 41 minutes and 58 seconds and getting his name on the trophy for the second consecutive year. Gilbo Simpson’s Corsair 27, Flying Pig was next home to take second in the multihull class.
First off the line was New Beginnings, one of two Bavaria 37’s crewed by members of the Royal BVI Yacht Club’s adult sail training program and skippered by coach Meagan Woodman. Chasing them down were their classmates in Jitterbug, helmed by Aaron Gardner. Despite the very light winds there were plenty of smiles when the crews finally made it back to the bar and it was New Beginnings who took a narrow victory.
There were three boats in the racer cruiser division with first place going to Libertas, helmed by Dr Robin Tattersall with an elapsed time of 7 hours, 17 minutes and 26 seconds. Dr Tattersall reminded us of winning his first Round Tortola Race back in January 1973 when he ‘persuaded’ the operator at Beef Island to lift the bridge and massively shorten his course. The Sailing Instructions were quickly changed to specify going around Beef as well but there were probably many out there on Saturday who would have loved to take a similar short cut!
Finishing just over 15 minutes behind Libertas and taking second place in the Cruiser Racer class was Richard Wooldridge’s Swan 51 Godspeed. The last boats home enjoyed a spectacular sunset as they returned up the channel to Nanny Cay.
Thank you to Nanny Cay our event sponsor and host of the club’s dinghy sailing program, Race Officer Bob Phillips, Horizon Yacht Charters for their support and enabling 16 trainees to have an experience they will never forget (!) and Aaron Gardner for taking on a motley crew of trainees and to everyone who took part.
Leading global shipping & bespoke logistics company Peters & May has renewed its commitment to Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) by presenting the Round Antigua Race for the next 3 years. The stand-alone race will continue to be referred to as the Peters & May Round Antigua Race until 2025.
Overall winner of 2022 Peters & May Round Antigua Race – Fast 40, Tschuss @www.pwpictures.com
Based in the UK, Peters & May are specialists in marine transportation of sailing and racing yachts, motorboats, super-yachts as well as commercial vessels for companies and private individuals. With agents in Antigua, they also operate across the Caribbean region with a specific understanding of each locations cruising and regatta industries along with the economy and political facets of each individual port. Their operations also include an international and domestic freight forwarding and business courier service by sea, road, rail, and air.
Part of the agreement offers discounts on their services to ASW participants and President Alison Sly Adams, says, “The continuation of this sponsorship allows our participants to benefit first-hand with a reputable and valuable option for one-way or return shipping allowing them to save time, resources and energy.”
Peters & May are delighted to continue to build on relationship with Antigua Sailing Week and Craig Stanbury, had this to say, “It’s a pleasure to continue our relationship with this regatta after so many years. This event adds real value to the sailing community, and we’re proud to be a part of the preparations leading up to the kick-off in April 2023. Onward departures to numerous destinations will be offered by Peters & May following Antigua Sailing Week – if you’re considering shipping your yacht, we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Talk to us about your plans and requirements early and we will do our best to meet those needs.”
Multi-class fleet assembles at the beginning of the Peters & May Round Antigua Race @www.pwpictures.com
CSA, CSA double-handed, multihull, and classic classes are invited to participate in this exciting race, a 52 mile circumnavigation of the island, popular with many ASW participants and open to yachts, whether or not entered in Antigua Sailing Week. In 2022, in response to an increase in CSA cruising class entries, race organisers offered the the option of a 26 mile course dubbed the Almost Round Antigua Race. The shortened course will again be included this year to allow even more participants the opportunity to shake out their spinnakers, and get ready for the week ahead.
The Peters & May Round Antigua Notice of Race is now published and entries are open for the next edition which will be held on April 29. The Peters & May Round Antigua Race prize-giving at the Antigua Yacht Clubs regatta village will be followed by the the official opening of the 54th Antigua Sailing Week which runs April 30 – May 5, 2023.
Twenty-six youth sailors from six different countries competed in the 17th annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship, this weekend.
With sailors from the Antigua Yacht Club, St. Kitts and Nevis Sailing Association, Club de Voile de Friar’s Bay (St. Martin), Youth Sailing Curacao, Saint Barth Yacht Club, and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, the competition was fierce and the racing of high quality!
Eleven competitors raced in the orange fleet and 15 young sailors raced in the blue fleet which is for the advanced sailors.
“We are so happy to see more and more international teams joining again, said Saskia Revelman, event manager at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. In 2019 thirty-one competitors joined the event and because of COVID the numbers dropped to seventeen and nineteen boats in 2020 and 2021. The competition is back with twenty-six racers! We are convinced that we can take the number up to thirty-five competitors next year.”
Antigua attended the event with 4 sailors, as a big part of their racing team was sailing in the Bahamas, representing Antigua in the Optimist North American Championship.
The team from Youth Sailing Curacao joined the event in 2021 with 2 sailors and came back this year with 6 strong racers!
Our regular guests, Club de Voile de Friar’s Bay represented with 4 sailors and Saint Barths Yacht Club brought in 3 sailors.
The St. Kits and Nevis Sailing Association attended the event with 3 sailors.
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club participated with 3 sailors this year, Veronica Destin sailed in the blue fleet, Axel vanden Eynde and Nathan Sheppard in the orange fleet.
In the blue fleet, the fight for second and first place was tight and took place between James Balentien from Curacao and Carrack Jones from Antigua. Where Carrack was in first place after Race Day 1, with a difference of 3 points, Balentien sailed better on day 2, even though he scored a 10th place in race 11. Jones scored a 12th place in race 9, which made it all very close. Balentien managed to take the win with only a 1-point difference and took home the overall trophy and a beautiful dry bag, sponsored by Budget Marine.
Richendly Ferrero from Curacao took third place in the blue fleet. Ferrero is showing promising progress as he ended on 11th position in the blue fleet, in the 2021 edition of the Sol Optimist Championship last year.
In the orange fleet, Skyla Connor, representing the St. Kitts and Nevis Sailing Association took first place with 14 points out of 11 races. In this fleet the fight was about second, third and fourth place, with all these places only one point apart from each other. Lourenco Rolo Couto from the Saint Barth Yacht Club managed to come in second, with 23 points. Nathan Sheppard from Sint Maarten came in third with 24 points and Tao Carmona from Saint Barth Yacht Club came in fourth with 25 points.
“When you see how close the results are, it shows you how tight and exciting the racing and competition was, said Sam Peeks, Racing Coach at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. We are happy to see the progress during the weekend, but most importantly everybody had fun. Participating is as important to recognize as winning, so I would like to congratulate all competitors with their achievements during the weekend”.
Two additional trophies for Sportsmanship and Newcomer were also awarded. The Race Organization rewarded Greyson Burrell from the St. Kitts and Nevis Sailing Association as promising newcomer. It was his first race off island, and he showed great motivation and didn’t give up in tough conditions.
Stanley Haes from Club de Voile de Fryers Bay was rewarded with the Sportsmanship Award, for the second time in a row. Haes showed great sportsmanship as he turned his penalties when he made a mistake, even though when there were no other participants around to alert him.
“This is how we would like to see the sport, said Race Officer Rien Korteknie, true and honest racing on a high level. Korteknie was impressed with the talent of the youth in the Caribbean and is encouraging all participants to keep practicing and racing”.
“So many young competitors are excited for this event every year. We couldn’t have done it without all the help from the volunteers in Race Committee, onshore and offshore and the sponsors that contribute yearly to this event. From donating prizes, to breakfast, snacks and dinner, our sponsors made it all possible” says Linda Koning, intern at the SMYC. “We want to thank our title sponsor SOL for their loyal and continuous support. As well as our other regional sponsors: Budget Marine, Remax, The Scuba Shop, Domino’s, Grant Thornton and Zeebest.
All pictures, taken by Nina Manley on Saturday and Edward Penagos can be found here. Results can be found here.
Sint Maarten Yacht Club
The club was established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St. Maarten. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club organizes multiple sailing events throughout the year, with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta as its crown jewel. A youth sailing program stimulates local youngsters to become part of the sailing community, teaching them life skills like teamwork, perseverance and confidence. Always looking to further develop sailing on St. Maarten, the Club is active in promoting the sport, as well as the beautiful Caribbean island destination of St. Maarten. For more information visit www.smyc.com
News Article in the Sailing in Canada By Larry Huibers
If you’ve done it; you get it, if you haven’t; I’m betting you’ve spent a little (or a lot) of time dreaming of living the barefoot, lime in your beer lifestyle.
Azure waters of the Caribbean calls us like the sirens of the sea. For racers the winter racing circuit organized by the Caribbean Sailing Association is likely the very best four months of racing on earth. The challenge is how to get onboard. Flights from all over Canada are (relatively) easy, accommodations are plentiful, racing ranges mild to wild. The missing solution is a deck to plop your salt-soaked shorts on.
Post Covid the Caribbean Sailing Association is getting back to its previous highs. More and more options present themselves, it’s a matter of knowing where to look. If you are a fancy pants Cat 3 sailor, you wait by the phone for your RBO (Rich Boat Owner) to tell you where and when to be there. That is not many people’s reality including most fancy pants Cat 3’s.
Regular Joes make up the backbone of most sailing programs. You’re a regular Joe or Josee so let’s get you there:
Step 1; Be realistic about what you bring to a program. Your network of contacts contains your answer. If your rolodex is limited to local club or one design sailing that’s your skill, in the eyes of the critical crew boss. Don’t be discouraged – work every angle you know.
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