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Regatta week

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Regatta week

Has anyone been to Regatta Week? We will be there in April and wondering if it's worth going to watch and what other things might go on at the site as well.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Regatta week

Watching the races from some of the vantage points can be just lovely. The partying's not bad either ;)

All happens down at English Harbour/Falmouth.

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The week runs from Sat to Sat but the main racing and much of party activity is Mon to Sat. Main racing takes place on the weekdays except day off on Wed. The racing yachts all moor in English and Falmouth Harbour and are interesting to see at close quarters when not out racing. Races usually start mid morning (but check because things change each year). Last year there were two start lines both just south of Entrances to English and Falmouth Harbours. Starts are the most exciting time to watch because all the competitors are manoeuvring in a comparatively small area just below the Shirley Heights hill which makes it a good place from which to spectate. Several charter yachts and some of the party catamarans also provide trips tp get you out closer to the action. There are various classes starting one after the other so it helps of you can get hold of details of start times (unnecessarily difficult for non-competitors IMHO- organisers please note!) to better understand what is happening. After the racing the yachts all return to their docks and the whole English Harbour/Falmouth Harbour areas liven up .Each evening there will be some entertaiment and there is usually one night with a headline act (last year one of Bob Marley,s sons and year before Maxi Priest). That night will be ticket only (tickets available from varios local outlets ) but rest of week you can just walk in. Om Wednesday (lay day)there is no racing but organisers arrange silly games. Friday night starts with prizegivving(perhaps not so interesting if you are not a competitor) but continues with more entertainment later. Saturday has an afternoon of local entertainment and food stalls in Nelsons Dockyard. All-in-all something for everyone at some point or another-well worth a visit.

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great information thank you. I think we will have to check this out. Living in the midwest we don't see many Yachts let along racing.

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4. Re: Regatta week

http://www.sailingweek.com/v3/index.php

There is also the classic regatta a week or so before.

http://www.antiguaclassics.com/

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Mark

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5. Re: Regatta week

"There are various classes starting one after the other so it helps of you can get hold of details of start times (unnecessarily difficult for non-competitors IMHO- organisers please note!) to better understand what is happening."

@ Jabberywocky - noted :) The organisers are not able to publish exact start times as there are sometimes delays - eg: marks drifting which need re-laying - which means all the following Class starts are also delayed. Competitors are given information about the 1st warning signal not being before eg: 10 am each day & also the order of Class starts when they come to register. Thereafter, they listen to their Race Officer who will be broadcasting on a designated VHF radio channel.

@ SueA - The Sailing Week committee is very friendly & if a spectator is interested in finding out what's happening they are more than welcome to come to the committee desk at the Antigua Yacht Club anytime after it opens on 26th April. You'll be able to pick up information about the racing & spectator boat trips as well as ask any questions. It's a wonderful fun week whether you're racing or ashore.

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Seasidetabby: Thank you for your explanation of possible delays which I fully understand but my point is that there seems to be a lack of even a provisional timetable to anyone except those actually registering to race or physically visiting the committee desk and that there are a great many spectators (self included) who could be more engaged if they had a better (if perhaps not perfect) idea of what was (supposed to be) happening with regard to start times.

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Sue A : Having checked the Sailing Week website for 2013 they show racing beginning on the first Sunday ( and not Monday as I previously said). When we get nearer to the date they will publish (on the website and in a magazine widely available on the island when you arrive) maps of the various courses and the days on which they will be sailed, so you could see which races will start right under Shirley Heights (a great viewpoint) on which days

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8. Re: Regatta week

@ Jabberwocky - Good point. Perhaps the best way to make this information available would be to include a racing guide for spectators in the "Event Info" -> "Spectators" section of sailingweek.com website?

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