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Marseille to welcome the 2012 MOD70 European Tour Fleet on the only French stop

March 23, 2012

Written by zuzana

Marseille will welcome the MOD70 fleet from 23rd to 30th of September on the only French stop over during the MOD70 European Tour. The world’s best skippers as well as their extraordinary new generation of one-design trimaran yachts will be based in the heart of the natural sailing arena of Roucas Blanc alongside one of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour events.

Marseille to host the 2012 MOD70 European Tour Fleet

Marseille to host the 2012 MOD70 European Tour Fleet

The fleet of MOD70 yachts will have raced to Marseille from Cascais in Portugal and will be set to race on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th in front of the famed corniche of Marseille, as the prelude to their final event of the Tour which will finish in Italy. Under the constraints of one design racing Stève Ravussin, Michel Desjoyeaux, Sébastien Josse, Sidney Gavignet and Yann Guichard and their star studded crews will therefore race on equal terms against each other on the highly competitive inshore races that will comprise city races and speed matches.

Marseille, capital of sailing
Marseille has chosen to welcome this exciting new MOD70 class alongside the World Match Racing Tour, which the city has hosted for the past four years running.  The Phoenician city, which has an historic outlook on the sea with its 57-kilometre coastline, will become a mecca for sailing for the week.

In the heart of the sailing arena of Roucas Blanc the MOD70 and J80 fleet will take turns to race close to the coastline to give fans the chance to follow the racing live from land or enjoying the ambience of the race village, providing entertainment, running commentary and large screen. It will be open access.

Franck David, Executive Director of Multi One Design S.A.: “Being welcomed in Marseilles, a large French city, and along with an event on the Alpari-World Match Racing Tour, is a real opportunity for our new MOD70 circuit.  Our aim is to showcase the fleet of MOD70s in the venues that host Multi One Design Championship events to as many people as possible, provide good entertainment and also allow our partners and competing team owners the opportunity to host quality public relations events. I think that all these elements will come together at the end of September thanks primarily to the town of Marseille, to whom I extend my appreciation.”

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60th Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012: St. Tropez, France to San Remo, Italy

March 22, 2012

Written by Chelsea

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is one of the most popular yachting events in the Mediterranean and has been a tradition for European sailors close to 60 years. The event is a pageant of sailing and runs over a full week each year in mid-June.

2012 marks the 60th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, an event that came to life in 1953 in a show of camaraderie between Italian and French sailors wishing to prove that the rigours of World War II were behind them.

Sailing yacht JETHOU, GBR rounding the Giraglia Rock - Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht JETHOU, GBR rounding the Giraglia Rock - Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

The key dates this year are Friday, 8 June to Friday, 15 June. Inshore racing on the Bay of Saint-Tropez takes place from Sunday, 10 to Tuesday, 12 June, and, the offshore race starts on Wednesday, 13 June. The period in Saint-Tropez has a quintessential French Mediterranean feel, with the three days of inshore racing allowing competitors to enjoy the culinary highlights of an engaging port, before embarking on the more serious challenge of a 241-nautical mile race to San Remo, via the Giraglia, a rocky outcrop off the northern tip of Corsica.

Regularly attracting in excess of 200 yachts for the week of competition, the event is a kaleidoscope of nationalities. The French and Italians make up the bulk of entries, but frequently yachts from the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Nordic countries, Eastern Europe, Russia, and, even Asia and the Southern Hemisphere add richness to the occasion.

There are various notable moments for the participants. Certainly, the most memorable is the customary crew party featuring live music, exceptional food and drink, and, a spectacular firework display. Hosted by Rolex, it is set amid the grounds of La Citadelle, the 17th century fort that dominates the skyline on the landward side of Saint-Tropez. This year, the Giraglia Rolex Cup Crew Party will be held on Monday, 11 June.

The Rolex Crew Party goes on at the Citadelle - Photo By Rolex  Carlo Borlenghi

The Rolex Crew Party goes on at the Citadelle - Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Thereafter, for those on the offshore race, the rounding of the Giraglia marks the turning for the home. The rock itself is like many others, topped with a lighthouse to help navigators with their bearings. It lies less than one nautical mile off the coast of Corsica, rises 66-metres at its highest point and measures 600-metres in length. Yet, it has achieved mythic proportion in the minds of racing sailors, who view it in similar terms as the Fastnet Rock: somewhere small and uninhabitable, but crucial in the quest to complete the challenge of the race.

Start of the inshore race Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Start of the inshore race Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

The inshore series prize giving will take place on Tuesday, 12 June in Saint-Tropez, whilst the final prize giving will be held on Friday, 15 June in San Remo. The event is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano one of the oldest yacht clubs in the Mediterranean, with the assistance of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (with both of which clubs Rolex enjoys an exclusive partnership), and, in conjunction with the Yacht Club de France. Rolex has sponsored the event since 1997.

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2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous Summary

March 22, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Organised by Nautor’s Swan, the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, having taken place from 12th to 17th March, 2012 in the British Virgin Islands, saw almost twenty yacht participating, ranging from Swan 44, South Wind to Swan 62′, Uxorious and Glisse yacht. The dynamic fleet enjoyed steady trade winds and beautiful Caribbean sunshine for a week of excellent sailing.

Merel Four, Swan 53, Springs into Cruise Mode at the 2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous (c) Nautor's Swan & YachtShots BVI

Merel Four, Swan 53, Springs into Cruise Mode at the 2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous (c) Nautor's Swan & YachtShots BVI

Throughout the week there was an air of excitement and camaraderie as all participants enjoyed themselves in the true ‘Spirit of Swan’.  The fleet enjoyed excellent hospitality during the week which included cocktail receptions, waterside dinners and award ceremonies.

The ClubSwan Rendezvous programme is designed to offer structured cruising and social occasions organised by Nautor’s Swan with the option of low key racing in some of the world’s most sought after sailing locations.  The Caribbean element to the Rendezvous suits those intent on enjoying local island hospitality mixed with Swan cruising organisation taking the fleet to a range of island stopovers.

This year the route saw them visit the island of Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island, Jost Van Dyke and Marina Cay.  There were daily fun races to each island before the Round Virgin Gorda Race on the last day of the cruise.  The week involved not only some incredible sailing in the British Virgin Islands but also many activities held on the islands where the ClubSwan Rendezvous stayed.  The most popular of these was the Hors d’Oeuvres Contest, which was won by Swan 51, Delawana and the cocktail competition which saw six excellent entries and was won by Ellen Hermann for her ‘Cucumber Gimlet.’

The Laser Regatta was held at the Bitter End Yacht Club on the opening day of the Rendezvous with the concluding Hobie Regatta held on the Friday afternoon when the yachts returned to the BEYC from the cruise.  The winner of the Laser Regatta was Chris Brand sailing  on Swan 53, Merel Four.  The Hobie Regatta was won by Ilkka Rantasalo participating on Swan 46, Eclipse.

The Round Virgin Gorda race held on the final day both starting and finishing at the BEYC was a highly competitive affair as Swans competed for the ‘Dockwise Yacht Transport Trophy.’  The competitive race to win of this year’s Rendezvous saw Colin Buffin’s British Swan 62, Uxorious finishing first over the water on elapsed time.  On corrected time the race was won by Jonty and Vicki Layfield on Swan 53, Merel Four.

As well as running all the social events and contests, the Nautor’s Swan event team were on hand at the daily prize giving’s including the final dinner and awards ceremony staged by the Gazebo on Almond Walk at the Bitter End Yacht Club, the participants enjoyed a lavish seafood buffet before the prize giving commenced.  The Swan Owners Association including Steve De Voe, Dave Fraiser and President, Hank Schmitt gave  the special prize for ‘Best maintained Boat’ to Swan 62, Glisse from the USA owned by Twanette Tharp.

The overall feedback from the Swan owners and participants was that a fantastic and memorable week was had by all.

Jonty Layfield, Swan Owner, commented; “Once again we had a great time doing the Rendezvous on the Swan 53.  This was our second time and it was nice to meet up with old friends from last year.  We will be looking forward to next year’s event.”

Ettore Mattiello of Nautor’s Swan, added; “The 2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous was another successful event for Nautor’s Swan with a complete committment to enjoyment by both participants and organisers.  A full mix of fun racing and socialising with old and new Swan family friends in the warmth of the Caribbean sun and sea made 2012 a great Caribbean Rendezvous year.”

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Stephens Waring Yacht Design once again sponsor of the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous

March 21, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Stephens Waring Yacht Design,one of the world’s top Spirit of Tradition design houses announced his repeat sponsorship of the extremely successful Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, to be held in Maine from 16th to 19th May, 2012.

SWYD sailing yacht Isobel - Horizon Racing - copyright Alison Langley

SWYD sailing yacht Isobel - Horizon Racing - copyright Alison Langley

In its inaugural year in 2011, the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous attracted a 48-strong fleet as varied as it as competitive. The entry list is open to superyachts, classics , cruisers,racers, picnic boats and lobster yachts and provides something for everyone.

Stephens Waring Yacht Design presented yacht Isobel, their new 75ft fast-cruiser, last year at this event and were very successful on the race course during the four-day celebration of boating and boatbuilding, claiming second overall on corrected.

The Rendezvous features daily races for the sailing boats and a Poker Run and Photo Pursuit event for the powerboats, and participants are entertained at a different venue each evening with lobster bakes, barbecues, dancing and fireworks.

SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43 sailing yacht

SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43 sailing yacht

“This event has all the makings of becoming a classic in the Maine sailing calendar. It was very successful last year and great fun with excellent racing. We had just launched Isobel, our latest fast-­cruiser and this event was a good opportunity to put her through her paces – she did well and added to a string of early wins,”said Paul Waring of Stephens Waring Yacht Design.

“ We are delighted to renew our Commodore Sponsorship for this event and are very much looking forward to it.”

Stephens Waring is currently working with Rivolta Yachts on the launch plans for its latest contribution to the sail boat market: the SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43. The luxury production daysailer is a collaboration with the Florida-­based powerboat manufacturer well-­known for its Italian design flair and American reliability. The two firms teamed up in 2009 to create an easily managed and well-­appointed day sailer that combines fingertip sailing with plush accommodation. Stay posted for more news on the launch!

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10 Perini Navi superyachts set to compete in the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2012

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

This year again Perini Navi participates at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, represented by 10 spectacular vessels, including the 47m charter yacht Andromeda la Dea, the 46m luxury charter yacht Antara, the 50m charter yacht Baracuda, the 45m sailing yacht Clan VIII, the 56m Fidelis, the 45m Helios, the 56m charter yacht Panthalassa, the 54m Parsifall III, the 56m charter yacht Zenji and the 38m charter yacht P2. This popular regatta will take place in the Caribbean from March 22 to 25, 2012.

From the 38m charter yacht P2 shot at the St Barths Bucket Regatta

From the 38m charter yacht P2 shot at the St Barths Bucket Regatta

Forty-seven yachts will make up the fleet of this year’s St Barths Bucket Regatta, an international regatta that draws yachts and designers from all over the world to the Caribbean, for a fun yet competitive regatta where safety is held supreme.

The Perini Navi yacht that places first will win, as every year, the Perini Navi Trophy.

Luxury sailing yacht Parsifal III at the St Barth's Bucket Regatta

Luxury sailing yacht Parsifal III at the St Barth's Bucket Regatta

The fleet, which will be made up entirely of yachts of over 100ft, will be racing in the beautiful waters around the Island of St Baths and will be divided into three categories: Les Gazelles de Mer is the Racing category and will have 20 yachts enrolled, Les Grandes Dames de Mer is the Cruising category and will have 15 yachts enrolled. Finally, Les Elegantes del Mers is the category reserved for J Class yachts and will have 12 yachts enrolled.

Helios and The Maltese Falcon superyachts at the Bucket

Helios and The Maltese Falcon superyachts at the Bucket

The regatta will begin on March 22nd and will have a full programme. Starting with registration and a J Class Exhibition Race, the Captain’s Meeting, the Fleet Welcome Party and the Owner’s Reception. The first regatta will follow the Around the Island course and will begin in the morning of March 23rd followed by the Dock Party & Fleet Open House in the evening. The second race will be the next day and will be along the Not so wiggley course and will be followed by the Bucket Bash. March 25th will see the last race along the Wrong Way Around course and will be followed by the prize ceremony and a cocktail party.

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Doyle Sailmakers sponsors the 2012 St Barths Bucket Regatta

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

Doyle Sailmakers is pleased to sponsor the St Barths Bucket Regatta once again, running from March 22 to 25, 2012. The wait list to take part in this popular yacht regatta is a real proof of the excellent job done by the Bucket organizers, superyacht owners as well as crew, elevating superyacht competing to an amazing level of fun and excitement.

Perini Navi Charter Yacht ANDROMEDA LA DEA Courtesy of Fred Summer

Perini Navi Charter Yacht ANDROMEDA LA DEA Courtesy of Fred Summer

Numerous superyachts with Doyle sails will be taking part in the 2012 St Barths Bucket including: the 47m charter yacht Andromeda La Dea, the 62m Athos, the 37.5m luxury charter yacht Axia, the 50m charter yacht Baracuda, the 37m charter yacht Bliss, the 34m superyacht Blue Too, the 56m Fidelis, the 39m luxury charter yacht Ganesha, the 45m Helios II, the 43m Koo, the 37m charter yacht Moonbird, the 38m charter yacht P2, the 25m sailing yacht Paraiso, the 54m Parsifal III, the 45m charter yacht Salperton IV, Symmetry and the 56m charter yacht Zenji.

Luxury sailing yacht AXIA

Luxury sailing yacht AXIA

Doyle Sailmakers’ continued success in the superyacht market is the result of design and engineering expertise, reliability and after sales service. Their network of over 80 lofts worldwide allows them to provide local service worldwide.

Luxury charter yacht Bliss

Luxury charter yacht Bliss

Doyle Sailmakers will be well represented in St Barths by Robbie Doyle and numerous representatives from all over the world including: John Baxter, Richard Bouzaid, Matt Bridge, Glenn Cook, Quinny Houry, Richard Hulston, Phill Maxwell, Maria Francesca Natoli, Andrew Schneider, Brendan Simons, Jud Smith, Francesco Valenza, and Guy Waddilove.

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Perini Navi 38m charter yacht P2 comes third at the 2012 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

Sleek and fast 38m sailing yacht P2, launched by the renowned Italian builder Perini Navi in 2008 has come third at this year´s Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous. Designed by well-known Philippe Briand, the luxury charter yacht P2 features a light, easy to manoeuvre hull with some excellent rigging and sails.

38m luxury charter yacht P2 by Perini Navi

38m luxury charter yacht P2 by Perini Navi

This popular race organized by Boat International Media and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda offers both sailing as well as motor yachts an opportunity to meet for four days of regattas and socializing in the fabulous British Virgin Islands.

The thirteen participating yachts arrived in the following order: the 31m Indio, the 42m Hanuman, the 38m charter yacht P2, the 35m luxury charter yacht Sojana, the 35m luxury yacht Firefly, the 44m Salperton, the 37m charter yacht Bliss, the 39m charter yacht Ganesha, the 55m Marie, the 50m sailing yacht Zefira, Billy Budd, the 48m Lady B and the 39.5m luxury yacht Altair.

Following the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, the P2´s regatta season will continue with:

The St Barths Bucket Regatta: March 22-25, 2012
The Palma Superyacht Cup: June 20-23, 2012
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: September 2-8, 2012.

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34th America´s Cup: New deal to be submitted to Board of Supervisors

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

The head of the organization spearheading the America’s Cup in San Francisco said yesterday that they will encourage the proposal that the office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee submitted to the Board, which supports San Francisco as the host city to the world’s most prominent sailing event, the America’s Cup, in San Francisco during the summer of 2013.

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

“We have worked very hard to bring this historic race to San Francisco and we’re glad we have reached an agreement with the City,” said Stephen Barclay, a Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “While we support the deal submitted to the Board, it is not what we had anticipated or planned for.”

Barclay said the new deal falls short on several key provisions that were “anticipated to be included and the absence of these provisions will have a negative impact on the financial outcome of the event. While far from ideal, we’re just pleased to be done so we can move away from deal points and start focusing on the races and the competition between the teams, which is what the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup is all about.”

The new deal calls for the America’s Cup Event Authority to spend more and be reimbursed less. The deal re-instates Piers 30 and 32 as the potential location for the America’s Cup Team Bases, giving the race a central area for the teams and a “pit row” for spectators. The fan access to Team Bases, combined with the America’s Cup Village at Piers 27/29 and the natural sailing amphitheater of the Bay, will create one of the best live viewing experiences the sport has ever seen.

For those not able to view the race in person, this Cup sees the return to live national television, with NBC Sports Group to broadcast over-the-air in the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years.

“The broadcast interest is a reflection of the exciting venue, technological advancements of the boats, and, most importantly technological advances in cinematography that capture this race like never before,” said Barclay.
In 2013, the 34th America’s Cup is expected to generate over a billion dollars in economic benefits for San Francisco during the next two years and will draw millions of fans and spectators and more than 1,000 accredited news media for the races.

The race will be sailed in the natural stadium of the San Francisco Bay between the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, running up and down the City waterfront. The Bay produces spectacular racing conditions with consistent, heavy winds, putting on shore spectators at the heart of the action.

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Chairman Richard to Head America’s Cup World Series Development

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

The chairman of America’s Cup marketing arm is to become its head of world series development, permitting him to concentrate exclusively on finding new America’s Cup World Series venues as well as generating increased broadcast revenues from the promising growth of America’s Cup competitive sailing.

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

The America’s Cup Event Authority announced today that Richard Worth will become the head of America’s Cup World Series Development and spearhead what is becoming one of the most important efforts to grow the sport of sailing and the America’s Cup, bringing the race to new and old fans alike through television and the internet.

“I am excited about the opportunity to focus my efforts and help America’s Cup sailing to reach new audiences and advertisers,” Worth said. “The 34th America’s Cup and the Louis Vuitton Cup are established sporting properties but occur only every three or four years. Our challenge is to develop the World Series into a fantastic asset and this is the key to future growth of the sport internationally.”

In the interim, the CEO’s role will be filled by Stephen Barclay, a Board Member of the America’s Cup Event Authority.

With the television product now largely developed, the focus turns to developing the AC World Series as a sporting property, and as a result, Gary Lovejoy (Director of Media Production) will revert to a consultancy role before leaving the Event Authority in September. Stephen Barclay notes “the TV pictures are a real achievement of this edition of the America’s Cup. Finally, the sport of sailing looks like a sport when watched on TV and Gary has been the person who has led this development. We thank him for his enormous contribution”.

Denis Harvey will take on more responsibility in his role as Production Executive of America’s Cup Television as the Event Authority moves into the final three events of the inaugural America’s Cup World Series season. “This is an exciting time for capturing and distributing this racing to viewers and I am excited to participate in the effort,” said Harvey.

The next generation images that are capturing the world are enabled through high-definition cameras and microphones on each boat, bringing the live action directly to race fans watching online and on television. In addition, viewers are able to clearly see who’s leading a race through a helicopter shot that incorporates augmented reality, the LiveLine graphics system created by the same team that developed the yellow first-down line in American football telecasts.

The AC World Series Naples will be broadcast in the U.S. by Comcast SportsNet and in Europe by Sky Sports, Viasat, Canal+ and a main stream Italian broadcaster, amongst others, starting April 11, 2012. The AC World Series will be sailed in the wing-sailed catamaran yachts AC45.

The NBC Sports Group also will broadcast live, over-the-air races from the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Final between July 4 to September 22, 2013. The America’s Cup events of 2013 will be sailed in the next generation America’ s Cup boat, the AC72 yacht, more than double the size of an AC45 with its 131-foot mast.

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45th Antigua Sailing Week: Entries fast approaching over 100 yachts

March 21, 2012

Written by Chelsea

The entry list for the 45th Antigua Sailing Week is fast approaching over 100 yachts. There are just six weeks to go before the final curtain call of the Caribbean racing season. The Organising Committee is recruiting dozens of volunteers for the SWAT team (Sailing Week Antigua Team) to make sure that the Caribbean’s oldest and most prestigious regatta is a joy to behold.

Flying the Antiguan Flag - Sir Hugh Bailey's famous spinnaker on Hugo Bee. Photo Courtesy of Alan Aflak

Flying the Antiguan Flag - Sir Hugh Bailey's famous spinnaker on Hugo Bee. Photo Courtesy of Alan Aflak

Kathy Lammers ,  Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee for Antigua Sailing Week comments:

“The management team is working flat out to deliver a great event and we are ready to have a bit of a celebration when we pass 100 entries. We know there are a lot of boats coming that have not entered yet and we would encourage them to submit their online entries now. If you haven’t got a ride for Antigua Sailing Week and want to come, there are still plenty of opportunities.”

“We are expecting as many as 2,000 visitors from abroad to come to Antigua Sailing Week and we intend to give them the best possible Antiguan experience.”

Tom Paterson was raised in Antigua and has lived here virtually all his life. He is well known to regulars to Antigua Sailing Week as the larger-than-life Master of Ceremonies at the Final Awards Presentation and Tom has an intimate knowledge of the event; he was Chairman of the Race Committee for 12 years:

“There are just too many happy memories to single one out,” admitted Tom.  “Antigua Sailing Week is what it is – it means so many things to so many people. I guess some of the most memorable battles on the water have been between Caribbean boats because Antigua Sailing Week marks the end of the regatta season. It has always been the time to settle old scores, until next time. I remember a great battle that I was involved in sailing with Carlo Falcone’s Caccia Alla Volpe up against Dougie Myers’ Legacy. Both boats were 44 feet and evenly matched. We even ended up toe-to-toe in the protest room but that was thrown out. Sadly, Dougie is no longer with us but the Legacy racing mark we use today is named after his boat. It’s great to see Caribbean boats returning to Antigua Sailing Week this year and I hope there will be many more.”

This year prior to Antigua Sailing Week, the Yachting World Round Antigua Race will take place on Saturday 28th April. The 50-mile race was previously a part of Antigua Sailing Week, but this year the race has been re-introduced as an optional race open to all yachts.

Peter Harrison’s 115-foot Farr-designed ketch Sojana holds the race record, completing the course in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds in 2009. Sailing yacht Sojana will be back this year to defend her title but is expecting some serious competition as Sojana’s skipper, Marc Fitzgerald, explains:

Charter Yacht Sojana

Charter Yacht Sojana

“I was delighted to hear that the Yachting World Round Antigua Race is back. It is a great day out on the water for everyone involved and racing round Antigua is a fantastic race course. Given the right conditions, I think we can definitely better our own record. In 2009, we had good breeze but it never really got above 20 knots. We have also invested in better sails since that time and modified Sojana – we now have a bowsprit and we carry much larger spinnakers. Looking at the current scratch sheet, our closest competition will be the 92′ Maxi Med Spirit, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a few other superyachts getting involved, which will make the race even more exciting. Sojana will have her usual crew including principle helmsman, Poul Hoj-Jensen, Antigua’s Karl James and possibly one or two other well-known sailors. We will be hoping that the trade winds deliver on the day and if they do, I am sure we will be in with a chance of beating the course record.”

Racing at Antigua Sailing Week starts on Sunday 29th April and concludes on Friday 4th May – five days of sizzling action on the foaming blue waters that Antigua is famous for. Every afternoon and evening the entire English Harbour area will be hopping with the sound of live music. Wednesday 2nd May is Lay Day and there will be a fun-filled party on Pigeon Beach and a few surprises in store.

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