Regatta Celebrates Connection Between English Harbour And New York’s Sag Harbour


Once again, Antigua and Barbuda brings the excitement to Sag Harbor in the tony Hamptons area of Long Island, NY as the annual ‘Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta’ gears up.

The challenge takes place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 and Antigua and Barbuda dignitaries are already on hand and ready to hand out the most coveted sailing prize in the Northeast US — an all-expense paid trip to Antigua to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2020, recognized as one of the top 5 regattas in the world.

Just today, Honorable Minister Charles “Max” Fernandez met with Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy to discuss the ongoing relationship between the twin-island nation’s English Harbour and Sag Harbor including the possibility of establishing them as sister cities. The Minister was accompanied by Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), and Dean Fenton, ABTA Director of Tourism USA.  The team engaged in extensive meetings and media interviews to raise awareness on Antigua and Barbuda in the Hamptons

The race, which is open to participants and sailing enthusiasts alike, will be followed by the Antigua Barbuda Cocktail Awards Party that will take place at Sag Harbor’s Breakwater Yacht Club.

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  1. Interesting, Sag Harbor was settled and developed by a majority of immigrants from Barbados in the 1800’s. They were joined by other Caribbean professionals who had vacation homes there. In those days Antiguans could be counted on one hand. Recently the grand children of the settlers have been selling the properties and the community is now gentrified. I don’t get the connection to Antigua, but if it works for tourism’s sake so be it. Those of us with friends and relatives with summer homes there were not aware of the event. As Antiguans we would have supported and attended the event, and even provided some publicity. Well, well…

  2. @true colors, your ineptitude is priceless. There are over almost a million or more Antiguans in the try-state area, and many of us with a connection to Sag Harbor. My point is the event was not advertised as in the past. Money and contacts talk in our circle; what do you have to bring to the table? PLEASE!

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