Organisers of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta and Rum Festival are delighted to announce that seven rums from around the region are on board as part of the all-new Rum Festival element of this exciting event on Antigua’s yachting calendar.

Manager in charge of shoreside organisation, sponsorship and marketing, Alison Sly-Adams says: “We are thrilled that all of the major rum brands have agreed to participate in the inaugural Rum Festival aspect of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta – the first event of its kind in the Caribbean pairing a sailing regatta with a rum festival.”

The rums that will be represented are Angostura, Appleton, Bacardi, Clements, El Dorado Rum, English Harbour Rum and Mount Gay Rum. Three shoreside events over three days will give the public the opportunity to try as many rums as they can manage; neat, on the rocks and mixed.

On Friday 8th February everyone is invited to the Rum and Bites Party beginning at 5pm on the Green beside Jolly Harbour Marina. It will feature all of the rum brands along with a great range of food vendors including pizzas and pasta from Al Porto, sushi from Sugar Ridge and a whole host of vendors.

On Saturday 9th February the English Harbour Rum and Rhythms Party will begin at 5 pm and will include live performances from 1761° and Tian Winter and there will be prizes and surprises throughout the evening.

The final party Rum on the Beach, will take place on Jolly Harbour’s south beach on Sunday 10th February beginning at 2 pm. Entertainment will include beach cricket, Chickie Hi-Fi, Spirited Band and the Regatta Awards Party. Laser Pico racing will be in action off the beach from mid-morning through to mid-afternoon. Organisers are inviting boat owners to head to the beach to enjoy the festivities and families from across Antigua are invited to spend a fun afternoon at the Regatta. For those wanting to get out on the water, Wadadli Cats will be offering a tour on Sunday to watch the races. Boarding at approximately 9 am, the tour will include lunch and drinks and will arrive back at the Jolly Harbour south beach in time for the afternoon beach party.

3 for 2 Offer on Dockage

Jolly Harbour Marina, the Official Host Marina Sponsor of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta and Rum Festival, is delighted to announce it is offering a ‘three nights for the price of two’ special for yachts that won’t be racing but plan to visit Jolly Harbour Marina to enjoy the Regatta and Rum Festival.

The Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta and Rum Festival will feature shoreside events each evening from Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10.  Friday will be the Rum and Bites Party on the lawn adjacent to Jolly Harbour Marina featuring seven different rums including Angostura, Appleton Estate, Clements Rhum, El Dorado,English Harbour Rum and Mount Gay Rum along with a selection of delectable foods from area restaurants and vendors; Saturday evening with be the English Harbour Rum and Rhythms Party in the Commercial Centre of Jolly Harbour featuring live performances from 1761° and Tian Winter to complement music by DJ Nez for dancing the night away; and Sunday will be the Rum and Beach Party on Jolly Harbour’s south beach with rum and food, Chicke Hi-Fi and a live band will follow the Regatta’s official prize-giving party.  Sunday’s beach party will begin at approximately 2 pm and go on long into the evening.

To take advantage of this special offer, contact Jolly Harbour Marina at or call +1 268 462 6042 to make an advance reservation and quote booking code JHVR2013. Advance payment is preferred and all boats must check in at the Marina office on arrival. Payment must be made by no later than upon arrival to take advantage of this offer. Water and electricity are available on the docks at regular Marina rates and complimentary Wifi is also available.

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