Antigua Sailing Week is booming with 92 teams already chomping at the bit for action from 30th April to 6th May 2022. Antigua Sailing Week is the longest running premier regatta in the Caribbean.
The 53rd edition has already attracted teams from 18 nations around the world with over a thousand sailors expected to enjoy thrilling sailing in the spectacular waters of Antigua.
The racing programme remains the same with the stand-alone Peters & May Round Antigua Race kicking off the schedule, followed by five days of racing, punctuated by mid-regatta Lay Day on Pigeon Point Beach.
Antigua Sailing Week has always been blessed with a big boat bonanza and this year’s entry already has 17 boats over 50ft. T
he latest boat to sign up for the CSA Racing Division is the VO65 Ambersail II (LTU), skippered by Raimundas Daubaras. Ambersail has competed many times at Antigua Sailing Week and was runner-up in CSA Racing 1 in 2019.
The all-Lithuanian crew are looking to go one better this year. Strong competition will come from Seattle USA, Volvo 70 Ocean Breeze will be skippered by Antigua Sailing Week veteran Steve Travis with a team from the Corinthian Yacht Club. Nine Volvo Ocean racers are active in the Caribbean, more entries are expected for Antigua Sailing Week.
The Multihull entry is taking shape with Robert Szustkowski’s HH66 R-SIX (POL) back to defend their CSA Multihull Racing title. R-SIX was undefeated in 2019 but this year strong competition will come from Gunboat 68 Tosca (USA), which has recorded a speed of 38 knots, when co-skippered by Ken Howery and Alex Thomson, in the RORC Transatlantic Race. From Bordeaux France, Pierre de Saint Vincent’s Outremer 51 Piment Rouge is the first entry in CSA Multihull Cruising.
Six weeks before Antigua Sailing Week, the scratch sheet boasts a magnificent entry of Swan yachts from five different nations. Swan 60 Lee Overlay Partners (IRL), skippered by Adrian Lee will be flying the RORC burgee and defending their class win in 2019.
The highest rated entry is the Juan Kouyoumdjian designed, Swan 58 OMII (GBR), skippered by Shahid Hamid and will be flying the burgee of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez. Also competing will be Swan 51 Eira (FIN) skippered by Sebastian Gylling with a crew from the Nyländska Jaktklubben.
Swan 651 Geronimo (NED) is skippered by Erik Veldhuizen with a team from the KNRZV in Muiden. Swan 601 Lorina (BEL) will be skippered by Hein D’Haene with a team from the YCF in Lummen.