Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua Hosts Optimists World Dinghy Championship
Long famous for its Antigua Sailing Week and Classic Yacht Regatta, in recent years Antigua added the RORC Caribbean 600 to its annual events and over the past four years has, three times, hosted Optimist Dinghy Championships from the fabulous setting of Nelson’s Dockyard, now a World Heritage site.
So successful was the first hosting of the North American Optimist Dinghy Championships in 2015, that the competitors clamoured to come back again in 2016. These two events were followed by Antigua & Barbuda winning the right to host the 2019 World Championships against competition from China, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.
Now well practised in the organisation of Optimist dinghy racing, the event for boys and girls aged 8 to 15, staged in the bumpy waters outside English Harbour, was heralded an outstanding success. As usual there was some first class photography from Matias Capizzano.
A full list of Antigua’s yachting and sailing events appears on the regattas page commencing with the annual Charter Yacht Show in December. The dates for the Mega Yacht Challenge and the Classic Regatta have changed for 2020 to take account of other events worldwide and for the convenience of competitors.