The 24th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is starting to take shape, and the first entries are coming in. Hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club and sponsored by PANERAI, and is the first event in the Panerai Classic Yacht Challange for 2011.
Steve Mclarens newest Schooner “Elena” will be on hand and returning after a long leave of absence will be the famous “Stormy Weather” who participated in the first event in 1988. The long awaited return of Eilean has been postponed one more year, and there is always a buzz around which of the mighty J class yachts will come to challange Velsheda and Ranger.
The next Regatta takes place between April 14th to April 19th 2011. online registration is possible.
History of the race
Back in the 60’s Classic yachts, which were gathered in English Harbor Antigua, had begun chartering and the captains and crews challenged each other to a race down to Guadeloupe and back to celebrate the end of the charter season. From this informal race, Antigua Race Week was formalized in 1967, and in those days all of the yachts were classics. As the years grew on, the classic yachts were slowly outnumbered but the faster sleeker modern racing yachts and 24 years later the Classic Class had diminished to a few boats and was abandoned in 1987. However this same year seven classic yachts turned out and were placed in Cruising Class 3 with the bare boats. The class was so unmatched that it was downright dangerous, so Captain Uli Pruesse hosted a meeting on board Aschanti of Saba with several classic skippers and in 1988 the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was born, with 7 boats.