Opportunity knocks for Y2K at Antigua Sailing Week

Opportunity knocks for young sailors racing at Antigua Sailing Week on Axxess Marine Y2K Race Day. Founder of Axxess Marine, Dennis Henri, together with Andrea Carmichael, COO of Axxess Marine was on the stage for today’s Prize Giving © Ted Martin

he third day of Antigua Sailing Week delivered yet another king-size helping of outstanding racing conditions for hundreds of sailors from all over the world. 15 knots of trade winds, pumping up to 18 in the gusts gave exhilarating racing to all 15 classes at Antigua Sailing Week.

Axxess Marine Y2K Race Day is also a special celebration for Antiguan youths racing at the world-famous regatta. Under the banner of the Axxess Marine Y2K (Youth to Keel Boat) Programme young Antiguans are inspired to develop as members of the sailing community.

Winners on Day 3: Ocean Breeze, Tschuss, Pata Negra, Blitz, Scarlet Oyster, Hermes, Kai, GFA Caraïbes – La Morrigane, Tosca, Holding Pattern, Jenk, PepsiMax ~ Montebello, Schrodinger, Talitha, Aproache Nevis, KHS&S Contractors, Braque, Tintoret, and Daisy. Results from Antigua Sailing Week: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=14323

Since the first regatta in 1968, Antiguans have been racing and winning at Antigua Sailing Week through connections made at Antigua Yacht Club, but the Y2K programme goes far deeper than offering young sailors the opportunity to take to the stage at Prize Giving.

Y2K was launched in 2018 at Antigua Sailing Week and is supported by the Antigua and Barbuda Sailing Association. Y2K aims to give local youth sailors keelboat experience during Antigua Sailing Week. This year over 35 local Antiguans are racing on a huge variety of boats.

“The Y2K programme is progressing the latest crop of talented Antiguans,” commented Alison Sly-Adams, Antigua Sailing Week President and General Manager of the National Sailing Academy (NSA). “Y2K opens the door for young Antiguans to enter the maritime industry by accessing the network of experienced sailors racing at Antigua Sailing Week. These young Antiguans learn more than just top-level racing. Potentially the Y2K programme gives them access to working in Antigua’s thriving maritime industry.”

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