Top 3 – Sailing Events in the Caribbean

With crystal clear waters, warm ocean breezes and miles of picturesque coastline it’s no wonder that the Caribbean is a sailing hotspot that attracts thousands of Sailors and maritime enthusiasts every year. Here we take a look at some of the very best sailing events the Caribbean has to offer.

Antigua Sailing Week

What began as a small event with just 10 boats is now one of the highlights of the Caribbean sailing calendar attracting up to 200 competing vessels and a raft of sailing enthusiasts.

Most of the festivities centre on Nelsons dockyard with the majority of the sailing taking place off of the south coast of Antigua. Along with the countless action on offer from the myriad of vessels there are also numerous parties and events taking place, all guaranteeing a true festival feel.

Antigua sailing week runs from April the 27th of April to the 3rd of May 2013 and we recommend staying at The Blue Waters Resort. Situated on the northern tip of the island this resort guarantees a luxury stay with a beachfront location and five star service, all while being just 35 minutes from the heart of the festivities.

Grenada Sailing Festival

A proud seafaring nation, not to mention one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean
(after Antigua of course!) Grenada has hosted its sailing festival since 1994 and has seen its popularity steadily increase over the years.

The sailing boats that take part in this inter island festival are built specifically for the event, and with each boat costing over EC$12,000 it’s clear just how passionate Grenadians are about their sailing.

The event begins with yachts from their respective communities competing against one another; the winners of these heats then take on boats built specifically for the event, meaning a huge amount of island pride is on the line!

The Grenada sailing festival runs from the 1st to the 3rd of February 2013.

 

The Heineken Regatta – St Maarten

Beginning in 1980 with just 12 entrants The Heineken Regatta has grown to be one of the most popular events in the Caribbean. Featuring boats from as far afield as Russia and with entertainment from the Black eyed Peas and The Marley Brothers the event offers a non stop party atmosphere.

Four days of sailing begin with the Gill Commodores Cup and each day offers a new finishing location, thus ensuring the whole island gets into the party spirit.

Offering VIP Parties, a never-ending supply of cocktails, 2,500 sailors, 1,000 visitors and countless world class performers The Heineken Regatta is a truly unique Caribbean sailing experience.

The Heineken Regatta runs from the 28th of February to the 3rd of March 2013

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To enjoy all of the sailing events The Caribbean has to offer visit Blue Waters Hotel Antigua