Courses for Horses
Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) Race Manager Lorna Saunders runs through the key changes to racing at the 2019 edition of ASW, including two new classes, four new racing marks, plus information about ASW Minimum Safety Rules. The new classes will be Double-Handed and the High-Performance Class. The new marks will facilitate longer leg coastal courses and improve options for windward-leeward legs for all classes.
The start line for Windward will be further offshore than in previous years by about 200 metres. As yachts tend to start on starboard and head inshore for lifting pressure, it will give the increasingly larger boats more sea room on their first beat. A new leeward mark, 0.60nm from Blacks Point (Lee), will allow the Race Committee to set a square run. A new windward mark, 0.15nm from Nanton Point (Nanton), will provide a third choice for a square beat. For coastal courses, a new mark 1.02nmfrom Friars Head (Friars), will allow courses of up to 16.50nautical miles.
A new mark, 2nmfrom Ffryes Point (Jolly), will allow coastal courses of up to 26 nautical miles. There will be 24 course options so that the length of races can be chosen to suit different classes. Typically, races will be shorter legs than the Windward Courses, where boat handling will be key to performance. For faster yachts, legs of over five miles are possible, with shorter distances for smaller yachts. Some of the new courses have been designed with laps and gates so that they can be shortened if necessary.
All classes switch between the two course areas. The first warning signal for both courses will not be before 10:00 am,and it is intended that the majority of the classes will be out racing for 3-4hours, and around 2 hours for Club Class. The new marks and courses will provide improved options to get everyone back to Antigua to enjoy the fun ashore.
Two-to-Tango and the Ocean Greyhounds
New classes for Antigua Sailing Week have been launched this year. 2019 is all about raising the awareness of the new elements to the regatta and establishing them for 2020. The new classes for this year are Double-Handed and the High-Performance Class, which will have courses combining coastal races with round the cans. There will be a maximum of two races a day.
Double Handed racing has become a very popular form of racing throughout the world, from couples who like to race together without the additional expense of a full crew, right through the high-performance classes such as Figaro and Class40. They will be doing a mix of coastal courses and round-the-cans courses. The High-Performance Class courses are designed for ocean-going yachts that want longer courses. With a longer first beat, more tactics will come into play and with longer legs off the breeze the chance to set downwind sails and enjoy the thrill of racing at top speed will be exhilarating. This year a number of entries will suit these types of courses and with the new marks, Antigua Sailing Week will provide fantastic racing.
Safety is the most important concern for the organisers of Antigua Sailing Week. Boats must meet the ASW Minimum Safety Rules which are displayed on the official website. There will be spot equipment checks. These rules are intended as minimum standards and shall not supersede or modify any of the World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing. One particular rule to highlight is having sufficient drinking water on board; ABSAR (Antigua Barbuda Search & Rescue) have reported that their biggest call for help is for crew suffering from dehydration.
To support ASW’s Green Initiatives, sailors that sign up and attend the Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar, sponsored by the Newport Shipyard will be eligible for free aluminium water bottles. The seminar will take place Friday 26th April,from 3-5pm on the lawn at Antigua Yacht Club.
Join Antigua Sailing Week 2019
Antigua Sailing Week, considered one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas, is held annually at the end of April and the 52nd edition will commence with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Following that will be five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua, which will wrap up on Friday, May 3, 2019.
Antigua Sailing Week Crew Spots Volvo 60 Challenger
Volvo 60 Challenger is a modified Whitbread 60 Round the World Race boat (later known as Volvo 60’s). She was initially intended to compete in the 1997 edition of the race.
- The skipper of Challenger gives you the opportunity to sail on a 60ft, 25kt+ capable, pro race boat in one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas
- You become an active member of our crew- not a passenger. You will assist with helming, sail trimming and all the normal duties of a crew member whilst having the opportunity to learn about weather routing, navigation, race tactics & short-handed sailing techniques from a highly experienced skipper and mate.
- We provide the boat, a highly skilled professional crew, full safety training and total support throughout the race. So you have a great time whilst making either an HR objective or personal dream a reality.
- Your skipper and mate are going to be there for your entire experience and will help you through every aspect of the race. From learning about all the safety equipment present onboard right through to what to wear and what to pack- we can help you navigate the whole process. Find out more
Antigua Sailing Week Volvo 60 Package
- Training days Antigua: Friday, April 26th, Saturday, April 27th
- Racing days 1 – 3, South Coast Antigua: Sunday, April 28th until Tuesday, April 30th
- Lay day: Wednesday, May 1st
- Racing days 4 and 5: Thursday 2nd and Friday, May 3rd
- Prize giving: Friday, May 3rd
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