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Vintage Vessels Ready to Set Sail at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2024

by Karen Rollins Mar 4, 2024

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About 60 stunning vintage vessels from around the world are expected to take part in the upcoming Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (ACYR) from 17-22 April.

Local, regional, and international participants will enjoy four days of exhilarating competition, with four main races ranging in distance from approximately five to 26 miles long.

Alongside the packed race schedule, other activities will include a Caribbean Night on Thursday 18 April, Open Mic Night with a Band on Saturday 20 April, the Parade of Sail into English Harbour on Sunday 21 April, and Gig Racing and Cream Teas on Monday 22 April.

Sailing enthusiasts looking on from Nelson’s Dockyard are in for a treat watching these majestic vessels in action as they “showcase the grace and grandeur of sailing’s golden era”.

Paul Deeth, ACYR Chairman, says: “The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is a unique blend of elegance and adrenaline, celebrating the timeless beauty of classic yachts and the spirit of competitive sailing. As we gear up for the 2024 edition, we invite sailors, enthusiasts, and the global community to join us for an unforgettable experience of sailing in the Caribbean.”


Sometime in the 1960s, the captains and crews of classic yachts in Antigua’s English Harbour challenged each other to a race down to Guadeloupe at the end of the charter season. 

From this informal race, Antigua Sailing Week was formed in 1967. 

But, over the years, classic yachts were slowly outnumbered by faster, modern racing vessels, so captains Uli Pruesse and Kenny Coombs hosted a meeting with other skippers in 1991, and they founded the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

Visit the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta website for more information.