Celebrate the start of Antigua Sailing Week by joining us for our official opening party on April. 29. Bars open from 6 pm courtesy of Peters & May, the sponsor of the Round Antigua Race. All sailors will receive a free Perfect Storm made from English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer. Follow instructions provided at registration, so you don’t miss your drink from the Fever-Tree tent.
Our grills will be fired up on the lawn with the tastiest seafood and barbecue specials to take you into the evening.
For those sailors located at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and Falmouth Harbour Marina, a cultural procession will start from the Antigua Yacht Club at 5:30 pm. You will for sure enjoy the parade, which will showcase the rhythmic beats of drummers and vibrant performances from dancers. Don your team shirts and join the procession, as it picks up all the teams based at the marinas. You’re welcome to dance your way through the Event Village (wiggles also acceptable), or you can head straight to the bar for a refreshing drink.
Official speeches will be brief and they kick off the Peters & May Round Antigua Race Prize Giving followed by live reggae music from Spirited Band. The band boasts West Indian cricket legends Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Richie Richardson as part of its lineup. DJ Who will also be on hand to keep the party moving.
Before the first day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week, be prepared to have a fantastic first night dancing in historic Nelson’s Dockyard under the palm trees and the stars.
Join fellow skippers and crews of Antigua Sailing Week for post race debates over a cold beer in the Wadadli Beer Garden at Antigua Yacht Club daily. Starting at 3pm, awards are presented from 5pm to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class each day.
Before the prize giving, entertainment will be provided by Selecta DD.
The ultimate Caribbean beach party kicks off with the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge. This fantastic invitational regatta is held immediately off Pigeon Point beach and our compere will break down the action, so even race novices will understand what is taking place. Hot skippers will compete for the ultimate prize – one week’s all-inclusive accommodation for two people in a deluxe suite at the fantastic Nonsuch Bay Resort – and of course for major bragging rights! From 12 o’ clock, head down to Pigeon Point, enjoy the barbecues, cold beers and fantastic action on the water. The grills fire up during the afternoon, and we invite you to chill out Caribbean style with the “Recovery Set” with DJ Where, until mid-afternoon. DJ Illist and M C Stiffler will entertain you throughout the beach body competitions for women AND men, drinking games, tug o’ war and much more. As the sun sets, the exceptionally talented DJ and sax player Natty Rico from Miami will turn up the heat when he delivers his unique performance on the beach. DJ Elementz will close off the night’s festivities.
Join fellow skippers and crews of Antigua Sailing Week for post race debates over a cold beer in the Beer Garden at Nelson’s Dockyard. Starting at 3pm, awards are presented from 5pm to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class each day. DJ Alan & Marshians will provide entertainment after the prize giving.
Join fellow skippers and crews of Antigua Sailing Week for post race debates in Nelson’s Dockyard from 2 pm. Awards will be presented from 4 pm to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class.
Entertainment by DJ Stainless after the prize giving.
Come and enjoy this wonderful day with your family and friends. Starting at 2 pm, Dockyard Drive will be the scene of a cultural parade that includes marching bands, iron bands and dancers leading the procession into Nelson’s Dockyard. At 3 pm, the winners of the LIAT School Art Competition will be honoured on stage before two hours of fun activities commence. For the 50th edition, the Greasy Pole and the Non-Mariners Race will make a come-back.
The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda will then begin the Beating of the Retreat at 5.15 pm followed by an evening packed with entertainment. A bounce castle and bungee jumping will keep the kids entertained and you can fuel up on local food and drinks.
The Inet Dickenson Bay Beach Bash is back again as a culmination of Antigua Sailing Week. Experience a celebration of Antiguan food, culture and music all delivered in the ultimate location – Dickenson Bay. Food vendors will be lining the beach, so come hungry.
The party starts at 2pm on the stage at Tony’s Beach Bar and will include musical performances by some of the best Antiguan artistes .
At both Ana’s and Coconut Grove, DJ’s will provide the musical backdrop for the day, which will run late into the evening. Whether you are heading to the beach by car, by taxi, by foot or by boat, bring your friends, family and neighbours with you to celebrate the return of the ultimate Caribbean beach party.