Yachting regattas were commonplace in the U.K. with Cowes being the most famous and best attended but other countries, particularly the US, were quick to follow suit.
Whilst there was some competitive sailing in the Caribbean it was generally within yacht clubs with few visitors from other islands let alone from the outside world took part.
As the number of visiting yachts grew thoughts turned to ways of not only keeping the visitors in Antiguan waters but also how to keep them from leaving before the end of what had come to be known as the season.
The idea of an annual regatta was mooted and, in 1967, Antigua Sailing Week was born. It was initially small but an immediate success.
Following on from Sailing Week and splitting away from it, the Antigua Classic Regatta became an event in its own right in 1987. As Sailing Week grew, classic yachts found they fit less well with the modern racing yachts but still wanted to race. Their own regatta was the sensible conclusion.
Despite recessions and downturns in economies, the size of yachts has continued to grow and a place had to be found for them to race which led to the Mega-yacht Cup now the Superyacht Challenge to be held at the end of March 2020.
In 2008 a number of Royal Ocean Racing Club members living in Antigua met and planned the Caribbean equivalent of the Fastnet Race which became known as the Caribbean 600, an event which proved to be much tougher than anyone imagined and a must do race.
UNLESS SPECIFIED ALL DATES ARE 2020
Jolly Harbour Regatta 24th/25th Nov 2019 Charter Yacht Show 4th - 9th Dec 2019 High Tide Series 19th, 21st & 26th Dec 2019 Nelson’s Pursuit Race 31st Dec 2019
Round the Island Race 18th January
Wobbly Boat Race 2nd February JollyHarbourValentine’sRegatta 14h-15thFeb Antigua 360 21st February
RORC Caribbean 600 24th - 28th February
Superyacht Challenge 11th - 15th March
Antigua Laser Championship 24th/25th March Classic Yacht Regatta 1st - 7th April Guadeloupe to Antigua Race 24th April Round Antigua Race 25th April Antigua Sailing Week 26th Apr - 1st May
Antigua to Bermuda Race 6th May MikiePiggottMemorialFishT’ment 29thMay Sport Fishing Tournament 30th - 31st May FrancisNunesFishTournament 26thSeptember
Caribbean Sailing Week 16th -19th October