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One Hundred and sixteen teams from 37 different countries raced in the 51st edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Strong trade winds blew all week delivering heaven-sent conditions to over 1,000 competitors. Over 3,000 revellers attended Reggae in the Park, featuring international reggae artist Tarrus Riley and Peter Harrison’s superyacht Sojana was awarded the coveted Lord Nelson Trophy after a perfect scoreline of seven race wins in CSA 2.

“This is fantastic. It is the second time we have won the Lord Nelson Trophy and I am really thrilled to win it again,” commented Peter Harrison, owner of Sojana. “We have had beautiful crew work, everybody was really on their game. We had our boat restored three years ago and have new sails and the crew have all done her justice.”

“This week has been amazing, with perfect conditions for Sojana; breezy and lumpy and full-on. We have pushed ourselves and the boat. The crew is very diverse; we have a couple of young guys from the National Sailing Academy of Antigua and professional sailors from all over the world. We broke a few things, but always repaired them. It has been an epic week and the boss is super-happy. This is his favourite regatta, because it’s intense and fun,” said Sojana crew boss, Jonny Malbon.

Sojana, Farr 115 superyacht, Peter Harrison (GBR): Lord Nelson Trophy & 1st in CSA 2 © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

The turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. won CSA 1, scoring a win in all but the first of seven races: “These were extreme conditions; right out of the Antigua Sailing Week brochure and it was brilliant sailing. If you were skiing you would call it powder days! I am so proud of the team. It is the best crew I have ever sailed with and it’s humbling to be around them.”

Robert Szustkowski’s Polish HH66 R-SIX was the winner of the Multihull Class, winning four out of five races. Seamus Hourihan’s American Gunboat 55 Thirst was second and John Streicker’s American Leopard 45 Spellbound was third. “We feel great! Another success!” laughed Robert Szustkowski. “We have had such a great time here for the last two years and of course we will be back next year.”

OnDeck’s Antiguan Farr 65 Spirit of Juno won CSA 3 after an epic battle with Oyster 82 Starry Night of the Caribbean. “This is marvellous,” commented OnDeck’s Peter Anthony. “I tell you what this has done, it has re-engaged me. I did fall out of love with sailing as for a little while it was just a business, but once again I absolutely love sailing.”

Mark Chapman’s Trinidadian modified Ker 11.3 Dingo was victorious in CSA 4, winning the class in the very last race by a single point from Bernie Evan-Wong’s Antiguan RP37 TAZ. “We came from behind, taking two wins after Wadadli Lay Day; it was a good effort from the guys. It was really tough, but everybody got together and we came through in the end. I have been racing in the Caribbean since 1983 and this is the big one. Everyone is so happy.”

Jonty and Vicky Layfield’s Antiguan Swan 48 Sleeper was the winner of CSA 5, winning all seven races. Jonty and Vicky are residents in Antigua and are very active in encouraging young Antiguans to the sport. Teenage Antiguan Shanoy Malone was calling tactics on board:

“I love this regatta and we had perfect conditions for the boat. To beat sailors like Ossie Stewart and Ross Applebey (Scarlet Island Girl) is a great feeling. This regatta really puts Antigua on the map for sailing, attracting boats like Warrior and Sojana; it is fantastic. A moment I will always remember was on the third day going around the top of Willoughby Bay. The seas were steep and it was very hard; people think it’s easy, but it’s not – this has been a tough regatta.”

Frank Loubaresse’s French Sunfast 3600 Twinl-Jaws 2 was the winner of CSA 6 winning the class in the very last race after an intense battle for the win with Carlo Falcone’s Caccia Ala Volpe and Peter McWhinnie’s Leon. “It has always been my dream to come to Antigua Sailing Week,” commented Loubaresse. “I wanted to cross the Atlantic so did it in the Transquadra Race to make the perfect opportunity to come to Antigua. This is a fantastic regatta and all my friends in France should be here to race. The conditions are perfect; sun, wind and warm sea; even when you get wet it is a pleasure. We love it.”

The National Sailing Academy’s Cork 1720 NSA Spirit, skippered by Jules Mitchell was the runaway winner in CSA 7, scoring six race wins. All six teenagers are the product of the NSA. Three of them, Jules Mitchell, Rocco Falcone and Louis Bavay have all represented Antigua internationally and all of the team aspire to become professionals in the yachting world. A special mention must also go to the teenage crew from the Grieg City Academy in North London, which scored three podium finishes having never sailed a Cork 1720 or visited Antigua before.

“I would like to thank all of the people who have helped us to get to where we are, especially the National Sailing Academy,” said Jules Mitchell. “It was great to meet the guys from the Greig City Academy; comparing life in different parts of the world. We hope to use this win as a springboard to the next level.”

Robbie Ferron at the helm of the modified 6 Meter Biwi Magic was the winner of CSA 8 after a great battle with Biwi Magic’s owner Geoffrey Pidduck who was racing Bavaria 42 Minerva. “That was a real battle and it came down to the last race. Biwi Magic goes fantastic to weather and that was the key to this week, especially as the conditions were tough, particularly upwind. This has been a very good Antigua Sailing Week but I have always been in love with it since my first one in 1982. It has always been a mysterious, wonderful and iconic experience. This regatta always exceeds expectations.”

In Club Class, Jonathan Constantine’s Feeling 39 Imagine of Falmouth won the class in the last race from Grahame Williams’ Bavaria 42 Full Monty; both from the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, Antigua. “That was down to the wire; as close as it gets and it went to the last beat for the finish line,” explained Jonathan Constantine. “It was great of Grahame and his team to come and congratulate us at the prize giving and that is the right spirit. The Club Class is all about getting sailors to come racing. Not necessarily top notch sailors, but people who just want to come and enjoy Antigua Sailing Week.

Twenty six teams raced in the Bareboat Classes. Alexander Pfeiffer’s KH+P La Bella Vita was the resounding winner in Bareboat One, taking five race wins and always on the podium. Francois Kunz’s KH+P Anguilla was the winner of Bareboat 2, taking three race wins and making the podium in every race. The winner of Bareboat 3 was also the overall winner in the Bareboat Class. Michael Cannon and Neil Harvey’s KHS&S Contractors retained their title from last year, winning a one week charter from Dream Yacht Charter in Antigua. The team from Florida was pushed all the way by Nicole Lameter’s all-female team racing KH+P Nardis who also received the Holtmann Cup.

“It was a great series and our competitors sailed really well and we didn’t make any mistakes in the last race, so went on to win the title. We were happy to go as fast as we did,” commented Mike Cannon. “We had two young sailors on the team from the Youth to Keelboat Programme as giving youth a chance is something I have always tried to do. Okharie Harrison and Brian Joseph bussed in every day from St. Johns and they were never late and a pleasure to have on board!”

“It has been a fantastic week.” commented Alison Sly-Adams, President of Antigua Sailing Week. “We have had been fine-tuning this format for six years and it finally is where we want it to be; an amazing competition on the water, with fantastic camaraderie ashore. Sailing always comes first at Antigua Sailing Week and we have noticed that the daily prize givings are great to get people together, but the hard partying has been focused into the unique and relaxed Reggae in the Park which really suits the international crowd, and the Final Awards Ceremony at Nelson’s Dockyard, which works with the planned rhythm of the regatta, giving the sailors a memorable night.

“It has been a fantastic week,” commented Alison Sly-Adams, President of Antigua Sailing Week. “We have been fine-tuning this format for six years and it finally is where we want it to be; an amazing competition on the water, with fantastic camaraderie ashore. Sailing always comes first at Antigua Sailing Week and we have noticed that the daily prize givings are great to get people together, but the hard partying has been focused into the unique and relaxed Reggae in the Park, which really suits the international crowd. The Final Awards Ceremony at Nelson’s Dockyard, works with the planned rhythm of the regatta, giving the sailors a memorable night.”

“This year the Youth to Keelboat Programme has been a great success with 26 young sailors racing on boats. We do listen to the sailors and chatting with John Burnie, who knows the Caribbean sailing scene so well, he told me that Antigua Sailing Week is having a renaissance. It feels so right, and it is perfect for the sailors,” concludes Sly-Adams.

Entry is now open for the 52nd edition of Antigua Sailing Week, which will take place from 27th April to the 3rd May. For more information go to: https://www.sailingweek.com/

IMAGES: To view photos from the final awards ceremony and the daily image galleries by Paul Wyeth (pwpictures.com) and Ted Martin, go to: https://www.sailingweek.com/photos/

VIDEOS: Videos produced by Acquafilms Antigua: https://www.sailingweek.com/videos/

RESULTS:
Provisional Results: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4286

The historic Nelson’s Dockyard provided a spectacular backdrop to the Final Awards Ceremony at the 51st edition of Antigua Sailing Week © Paul Wyeth

Sleeper X, Jonty & Vicky Layfield’s Swan 48 (ANT) 1st in CSA 5 © Paul Wyeth

Warrior, The USMMA Sailing Foundation’s modified Volvo 70, Stephen Murray Jr (USA): 1st in CSA 1 © Paul Wyeth

Twenty six youth sailors raced on keel boats during the week. The National Sailing Academy’s Cork 1720 NSA Spirit, helmed by Jules Mitchell (ANT): 1st CSA 7 © Paul Wyeth

OnDeck’s Farr 65 Spirit of Juno celebrate victory in CSA 3 © Paul Wyeth

TwinL Jaws 2, Sunfast 3600, Frank Loubaresse (FRA): 1st CSA 6 © Paul Wyeth

A delighted team on Trinidadian Dingo, Ker 11.3, Mark Chapman (TRI): 1st CSA 4 & The Royal Southern YC Inter-Yacht Club Challenge © Paul Wyeth

KHS+S Contractors win bareboat overall and the Dream Yacht Charter Trophy voucher for one week’s bareboat charter from Antigua © Paul Wyeth

KH+P Nardis, Dufour 412, Nicole Lameter (GER): 2nd in Bareboat 3 and winner of The Holtmann Cup for best yacht sailed by women © Paul Wyeth

Imagine of Falmouth, Feeling 39, Jonathan Constantine (GBR): 1st in Club Class © Paul Wyeth

Biwi Magic, Modified 6 Meter, Robbie Ferron: 1st CSA 8 © Paul Wyeth

Robert Szustkowski’s Polish HH66 R-SIX was the winner of the Multihull Class at Antigua Sailing Week and also donated computer equipment to Cobbs Cross Primary School © Paul Wyeth

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2018 PROVISIONAL RESULTS BY CLASS:

CSA – Racing 1 (CSA – 5 Boats)
1. Warrior, Volvo 70 Modified 70, Stephen Murray, Jr. , New Orleans, LA, USA – [2] -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 6
2. Black Pearl, Carkeek 47 46.9, Stefan Jentzsch , London, UK – 1 -[3] -3 -2 -2 -3 -2 ; 13
3. Riff Raff, Cookson 50 50, Brian McMaster , London, GBR – 3 -[4] -2 -3 -3 -2 -3 ; 16
4. Camiranga, Soto 65 20m, Eduardo Plass , Porto Allegre, RJ, BRA – [4] -2 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 ; 22
5. Sailing Logic Bob, Farr 52 16.9m, Sailing Logic , Southampton, Hampshire, UK – [6] -5 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 ; 35

CSA – Racing 2 (CSA – 8 Boats)
1. Sojana, Farr 115 35, Loz Marriott , Reigate, Surrey, UK – [1] -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 6
2. Ambersail, VO60 60′, Simonas Steponavicius , Kaunas, LTU – 2 -[6] -2 -6 -2 -3 -3 ; 18
3. GoodJobGuys, Wally 60 3.5 17.98m, Enrico Gorziglia , Pieve Ligure, Genova, ITA – [9] -4 -4 -3 -3 -2 -2 ; 18
4. Stay Calm, Swan 82 82, Stuart Robinson , Hampshire, UK – 3 -2 -3 -2.7 -2.7 -[9] -9 ; 22.4
5. Black Pearl, Solaris 72 72, Karl Pisec , Vienna, Austria, AUT – 4 -3 -[9] -2 -4 -5 -9 ; 27

CSA – Racing 3 (CSA – 11 Boats)
1. Spirit of Juno, Farr 65 18, Arran Chapman , Falmouth, St. Pauls, ANT – 1 -1 -[2] -2 -2 -1 -2 ; 9
2. Starry Night of the Caribbean, Oyster 82, Starry Yachts , St Helier, Jersey, UK – 2 -2 -1 -[6] -3 -2 -1 ; 11
3. Caliope, Bavaria 56 16.75, Juan Grunwaldt , Montevideo, URU – 4 -3 -[12] -1 -1 -3 -6 ; 18
4. NORXL, XP 50 49, Andreas Gottschling , Schindellegi, Schwyz, SUI – 3 -4 -3 -3 -[8] -5 -4 ; 22
5. Blue Fin, Jeanneau DS 54 54, Rodney Dodd , St. Johns, Willikies, ANT – 5 -6 -[12] -5 -4 -4 -6 ; 30

CSA – Racing 4 (CSA – 8 Boats)
1. Dingo, Ker 11.3 37, Mark Chapman , Westmoorings, TRI – 2 -[4] -2 -3 -2 -1 -1 ; 11
2. TAZ, RP 37 37, Bernard Evan-Wong , St. John’s, ANU – 1 -3 -3 -1 -1 -3 -[9] ; 12
3. Perseverare Diabolicum, Farr 40 12.41, Jean Michel Figueres , Sainte Anne, Martinique, FRA – 3 -1 -1 -2 -4 -[5] -4 ; 15
4. Power of Love, HH 42 JV 12.6, Sir Richard Matthews , Colchester, Essex, GBR – 4 -[6] -5 -4 -5 -2 -3 ; 23
5. Phan, GP 42 12.8, Jeremy Thorp , Upper Swanmore, Hampshire, GBR – [6] -5 -4 -6 -3 -6 -2 ; 26

CSA – Racing 5 (CSA – 12 Boats)
1. Sleeper X, Swan 48 48, jonty and vicky layfield , St Pauls, ANT – [1] -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 6
2. Scarlet Island Girl, Dufour 45e 13m, Ross Applebey / Ossie Stewart , Lymington, Hampshire, GBR – 3 -2 -2 -[5] -2 -3 -3 ; 15
3. Touch2Play Racing, Reflex 38 38, Rob Butler , Collingwood, Ont, CAN – 2 -4 -4 -2 -4 -4 -[7] ; 20
4. El Ocaso / Caribbean Yacht Racing Ltd., J 122 40, Kym Kapalla , Road Town, Tortola, BVI – [8] -7 -6 -3 -3 -2 -2 ; 23
5. EH01 – Performance Yacht Racing, Beneteau First 47.7 47.7, Andy Middleton , Cowes, IOW, UK – 4 -3 -3 -4 -7 -[8] -4 ; 25

CSA – Racing 6 (CSA – 14 Boats)
1. Twinl – Jaws 2, Sunfast 3600 10.8, Frank Loubaresse , Paris, FRA – 2 -1 -1 -2 -2 -[12] -1 ; 9
2. Caccia Alla Volpe, One off 44, Carlo Falcone , ANT – 1 -2.5 -[3] -1 -3 -1 -3 ; 11.5
3. Leon, JK 1080 35.5, Peter McWhinnie , Larchmont, NY, USA – 3 -2.5 -2 -3 -1 -[4] -2 ; 13.5
4. Optimus Prime, Beneteau First 40 40, Thomas Kobbert , Berlin, GER – 6 -[10] -4 -5 -4 -2 -4 ; 25
5. Not a Diamond on Lancelot II, Beneteau First 40 12.24m, Matt Williams , Southampton, Hampshire, GBR – 4 -5 -5 -4 -[6] -3 -6 ; 27

CSA – Racing 7 (CSA – 9 Boats)
1. NSA Spirit, Cork 1720 26, Jules Mitchell , English Harbour, St.Pauls, ANT – 1 -1 -1 -1 -[4] -1 -1 ; 6
2. Maëlia CEPAC Antilles, X-Yachts 34 34, Raphaël Magras , Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy, FRA – 2 -2 -4 -2 -1 -3 -[5] ; 14
3. Pocket Rocket, J 109 10.76m, David Cullen , IRL – [7] -3 -3 -3.5 -2 -6 -3 ; 20.5
4. Speedy Nemo, Dufour 34 10,27, Raymond Magras / Patrick Bernier , Saint-Barthélemy, FRA – 3 -[5] -2 -5 -3 -5 -4 ; 22
5. NSA Valiant, Cork 1720 26, Elisabeth Jordan , GBR – 6 -6 -7 -3.5 -[10] -2 -2 ; 26.5

CSA – Racing 8 (CSA – 11 Boats)
1. Biwi Magic , Modified 6 meter 33, Robbie Ferron , Sint Maarten, AHO – 1 -1 -3 -2 -[4] -1 -2 ; 10
2. Minerva, Bavaria 44 44, Geoffrey Pidduck , Falmouth, St. Pauls, ANT – 2 -4 -1 -1 -1 -[5] -4 ; 13
3. Cricket Anjo Insurances, Beneteau First 35 35, Sandy Mair , Falmouth, ANT – 3 -2 -5 -[12] -2 -3 -1 ; 16
4. Caribbean Alliance Insurance (Blue Peter), J 30 30, Tanner Jones , Jolly Harbour, St. Marys, ANU – [4] -3 -2 -3 -3 -2 -3 ; 16
5. Huey Too, Cal 40 40, Peter Hopps , London, London, GBR – [6] -5 -4 -5 -5 -4 -5 ; 28

Bareboat 1 (CSA – 7 Boats)
1. KH+P La Bella Vita, Jeanneau SO 509 50, Alexander Pfeiffer , GER – 1 -[3] -1 -2 -1 -1 -1 ; 7
2. Bavastro, Jeanneau SO 509 50, Pontini Velisti , USA – 2 -1 -[8] -1 -5 -2 -2 ; 13
3. KH+P Kadans, Jeanneau SO 509 SD 50, Thomas Sparrer , Weiden, GER – 3 -2 -2 -4 -4 -[5] -4 ; 19
4. Scream Away / Windshadow, Jeanneau SO 509 50, Stuart Laurence , SWE – 4 -4 -3 -3 -3 -[6] -3 ; 20
5. Saleya, Jeanneau SO 509 50, Jorge Pfitzenmaier , GER – [8] -7 -4 -7 -7 -3 -5 ; 33

Bareboat 2 (CSA – 10 Boats)
1. KH+P Anguilla, Dufour 460 46, Francois Kunz , SUI – 2 -[3] -2 -1 -1 -2 -1 ; 9
2. Vanuatu, Dufour 520 52, Rainer Kamrath , Arnsberg, NRW, GER – 3 -1 -[6] -4 -6 -1 -3 ; 18
3. Rubens, Dufour 500 50, Thorsten Meyer , GER – 6 -4 -1 -5 -2 -[7] -2 ; 20
4. Culebra, Dufour 460 46, Roland Graf , AUT – 1 -5 -4 -3 -3.5 -[6] -4 ; 20.5
5. KH+P Grieg, Dufour 460 46, Christoph Nielsen , GER – 4 -6 -3 -2 -[7] -3 -7 ; 25

Bareboat 3 (CSA – 9 Boats)
1. KHS&S Contractors / Cayenne, Dufour 44 13.29m, Michael Cannon / Neil Harvey , Belleair, FL, USA – [2] -1 -1 -1 -2 -2 -1 ; 8
2. KH+P Nardis, Dufour 412 412, Nicole Lameter , GER – 1 -[2] -2 -2 -1 -1 -2 ; 9
3. KH+P Curacao, Dufour 412 41, Herbert Muenzel , Neu-Isenburg, GER – 3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -[4] -4 ; 19
4. Hawking, Dufour 425 42, Jon Redding , GBR – [8] -6 -5 -4 -4 -3 -3 ; 25
5. Kraken Beers With Dirty ‘Oars / Happy Ours, Jeanneau 45.3 45, Russell bertrand , Simspon Bay, Sint Maarten, SXM – 5 -5 -4 -5 -5 -[6] -5 ; 29

Multihull (ToT – 4 Boats)
1. R-SIX, HH66 66, Robert Szustkowski , POL – 2 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 6
2. Thirst, Gunboat 55 57, Seamus Hourihan , Christiansted, VI, USA – 3 -2 -2 -2 -2 ; 11
3. Spellbound, Leopard 45 44’10, John Streicker , New York, NY, USA – 5 -3 -3 -3 -3 ; 17
4. 2 2 Tango, GF51 53’1, Anthony McVeigh , St. Mary’s, ANU – 1 -5 -5 -5 -5 ; 21

Club Class (ToT – 6 Boats)
1. Imagine Of Falmouth, Feeling 39 39, Jonathan Constantine , St Minver, Cornwall, UK – 2 -2 -3 -2 -3 ; 12
2. Full Monty, Bavaria 42 42, Grahame Williams , Jolly Harbour, St. Marys, ANT – 7 -1 -1 -1 -4 ; 14
3. Jigsaw, Oyster 53 53, Ian Galbraith , Glasgow, UK, GBR – 1 -5 -4 -4 -2 ; 16
4. Gravina, Rival 38 37.58, Jamel Lister – Lister Marine , Peterborough, Ont, CAN – 3 -4 -2 -5 -5 ; 19
5. PKBOO, Dufour 405 GL 11,90, Marco Baioni , Mantova, MN, ITA – 4 -6 -7 -3 -1 ; 21

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