Changes are promised for the 44th edition of the Caribbean regatta, to take place between 24 and 29 April next year
The newly formed Regatta Organising Committee (ROC) is responsible solely for racing and race organisation. After studying the formats used at different regattas around the world and seeking the advice of experts, a new racing programme is currently being finalised for the next edition of Antigua Sailing Week.
The Week will offer a combination of windward-leeward and coastal courses in keeping with successful modern practices. Also in the plans are courses of varying lengths to suit the large variety of yachts that enter the Regatta each year.
Kathy Lammers, Chairman of the ROC commented: “The new Regatta Organising Committee is very aware of how important it is to provide competitive, exciting and fair racing with excellent courses and management. Times are changing and so are the expectations of sailors for world-class sailing events. We have therefore had extensive consultations in recent weeks with past participants of Antigua Sailing Week which have contributed significantly to our event planning for Sailing Week 2011. We think the sailors will be very pleased come April with the many changes we have planned for the Regatta.”
The Ocean Series will also see some changes for 2011. The Guadeloupe Race will remain as a feeder race to Antigua Sailing Week but will not be part of the Series. The Redonda Race will not be returning, but there will be additional courses suitable for the ocean going and high performance yachts that are expected to participate in the event.
Efforts are also being made to ensure that there is a good fleet of cruising and charter boats and, subject to demand, Antigua Sailing Week may lay on courses and events for the IMOCA 60s and Class 40s that will be in the Caribbean following the finish of the Route de Rhum in neighbouring Guadeloupe.
The new Chairman of Sailing Week, Ian Fraser, commented: “Feedback has been enormous and positive, and we are gratified by the goodwill that exists for Antigua Sailing Week and the desire of yachtsmen worldwide to come to Antigua to enjoy all that we have to offer. What is clear is that the racing has to be challenging but also that Antigua Sailing Week is about having fun both on and off the water.”
For more information and the 2011 Notice of Race – which sees provision for entry using CSA and/or IRC rating systems – go to www.sailingweek.com.