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    Round Antigua Record Demolished!




    The Peters & May Round Antigua Race produced a record breaking start to Antigua Sailing Week. American modified Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray blasted around the 53-mile course in a record time of 3 hrs 55 mins and 38 secs, demolishing the previous record held by Peter Harrison’s British superyacht Sojana by over 42 minutes. With 20 knots of trade winds pumping up to over 25 knots, Warrior was in her element and after CSA time correction was also awarded the Peters & May Trophy. Anthony McVeigh’s GF51 trimaran 2 2 Tango took line honours for the multihull class.


    “Today was just a perfect day, the breeze was just right, it was sunny and we couldn’t have asked for more. We are here for Antigua Sailing Week but we also had our eye on winning today. It’s a fun race with a lot of reaching which is what the boat was made for. What a happy way to start the week – today was in the brochure,” said Warrior’s Stephen Murray.




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    Warrior was the winner of CSA One, Stefan Jentzsch’s German Carkeek 47 Black Pearl was second after an epic battle with Australian skipper Brian McMaster racing his Cookson 50 Riff Raff in third place.

    CSA Two produced an incredibly close finish with Jeremy Thorp’s British GP42 Phan taking class line honours, but after CSA time correction Peter McWhinnie’s crew from Larchmont YC USA, racing JPK 1080 Leon was the class winner by just 44 seconds. Bernie Evan-Wong’s Antiguan RP37 Taz took third place.


    “This my first Antigua Sailing Week and it’s a happy chance in many ways,” commented Peter McWhinnie. “I bought Leon just a month ago when it was in Martinique and I have to get it back to New York somehow, so some of the crew will sail the boat back. Today the weather and the scenery were just fantastic. This is a great team, so kudos to them. It is the first time we have raced the boat and we are here to have fun, sail safe and see how the competition goes.”










    The Peters & May Round Antigua Race produced a record-breaking start to Antigua Sailing Week. American modified Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray blasted around the 53-mile course in a record time of 3 hrs 55 mins and 38 secs, demolishing the previous record held by Peter Harrison’s British superyacht Sojana by over 42 minutes.

    With 20 knots of trade winds pumping up to over 25 knots, Warrior was in her element and after CSA time correction was also awarded the Peters & May Trophy. Anthony McVeigh’s GF51 trimaran 2 2 Tango took line honours for the multihull class.








    Victory in CSA Three went to Frank Loubaresse’s French Sunfast 3600 TWINL – Jaws 2, representing the CNTL Yacht Club of Marseille. Irish skipper Dave Cullen from St.Barths, racing J/109 Pocket Rocket was second and Peter Hopps skippering Cal 40 Huey Too took third place.



    In the Multihull Class, Anthony McVeigh’s brand new GF51 2 2 Tango corrected out to win from the smallest multihull in the race, Dragonfly 28s Bobby Dazzler. Donato Paradiso’s Northstar GF51 Immagina was third.







    To celebrate the opening of Antigua Sailing Week crews took part in a procession, following dancers and drummers to the Peters & May Round Antigua Race Prize Giving and official Antigua Sailing Week Welcome Party in the historic Nelson’s Dockyard. Perfect Storm cocktails, served at the Fever-Tree bar were courtesy of the day’s sponsor, Peters & May.


    During the evening, prizes were also presented to winners in the first Round Antigua Bike Ride before presentations were awarded to sailors in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race. The Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Charles Fernandez then welcomed sailors from around the world to Antigua and the 51st edition of Antigua Sailing Week.

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    The party atmosphere was buzzing with live music from Drastic and The Climax Band and DJ Nez spinning the tunes. Forty two teams entered the Peters & May Round Antigua Race and tomorrow, Sunday 28th April 119 boats will race on the first day of the 51st edition of Antigua Sailing Week.
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    Youth MOvement At Antigua Sailing Week




    Global Bank of Commerce Day at Antigua Sailing Week is all about supporting aspiring youth sailors. The Youth to Keelboat Programme (Y2K) was launched in January 2018 by the Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Association (ABSA) in conjunction with Antigua Sailing Week. The programme is aimed at giving youths aged 16-25 years keelboat experience during Antigua Sailing Week. Thirteen young sailors are competing in just about every class at Antigua Sailing Week, thanks to the Y2K programme. Over the past few years, hundreds of young sailors have learnt the sport through the National Sailing Academy and the Antigua Yacht Club - that grass-roots development is now bearing fruit.



    Leading CSA 7 with a string of four bullets is the National Sailing Academy's Cork 1720 Spirit, skippered by Jules Mitchell. Only a shredded spinnaker in Race 5 has dented their perfect scoreline. The teenage team are all from Antigua and have grown up together and that camaraderie and natural understanding shines through, which is truly inspirational. Three of the team have already competed at the Sailing Youth Worlds. Jules Mitchell now aspires to represent Antigua & Barbuda in the Laser and Rocco Falcone and Louis Bavay have aspirations in the 29er.


    The Grieg City Academy from the North London comprehensive school have a team at Antigua Sailing Week that are just 14-17 years of age. Having never sailed in Antigua or in a Cork 1720 and have taken time to get to grips with the complexities and heat. However, today the young team scored a third place and took a bow on the stage at the daily prize giving.

    "We are not used to this type of boat but today we hiked harder and trimmed the sails a lot better and got the boat to surf. To come third and get on the stage in front of all these sailors from all over the world was just amazing," commented Jamal. Azat on the bow commented: "I got really wet today but the water is warm and so is the sun, so it didn't bother me one bit. To get up on the stage was nerve-racking, but this is a big accomplishment. We have only just started sailing and we just love it. After racing we all get back out in the dinghies at the National Sailing Academy; we just can't get enough."




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    Day Three of Antigua Sailing Week was blessed with heaven-sent conditions. The first of two starts was affected by cloud cover with more unstable gusty conditions. Later in the day the tropical sun burnt off the low cloud and the trade winds blew a steady 18 knots across both race courses. Race 5 marked the halfway point in the scheduled ten race regatta and leaders are emerging in all of the 13 classes. Peter Harrison's superyacht Sojana remains unbeaten in CSA 2, as does Jonty Layfield's Swan 48 Sleeper X in CSA 5.

    In CSA 1, the turbo-charged American Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. revelled in the big conditions on the Windward Beach course, romping through the surf to score two bullets to open up a five point lead on Stefan Jentzsch's German Carkeek 47 Black Pearl. Brian McMaster's Australian Cookson 50 Riff Raff is third.








    In CSA Three, OnDeck's Farr 65 Spirit of Juno skippered by Arran Chapman has opened up a commanding lead, but the day belonged to Juan Grunwaldt's Bavaria 56 Caliope, winning both of today's races. The team are all from Uruguay, proudly racing for the Yacht Club Uruguayo.
    Bernie Evan-Wong's Antiguan RP37 TAZ really got their mojo going, scoring two race wins to take the lead in CSA Four.

    An intense battle has developed in CSA 6. Frank Loubaresse's French Sunfast 3600 TwinL Jaws 2 is leading with a consistent set of results. It is tight at the top of the class with victories today for Carlo Falcone's Antiguan flagged Caccia Alla Volpe and Peter McWhinnie's American JPK 10.80. Just 3.5 points separate these top three.






    "Any one of the three of us can win the class; it is exciting close racing. We were over the line at the start for the last race and we had to fight back, so we are happy to still be in the challenge. After the next race a discard applies, so we are really only 1.5 points behind. This is great racing," exclaimed Carlo Falcone, Caccia Alla Volpe.

    Sailing always comes first at Antigua Sailing Week and three days of ripping through world class conditions has been an absolute grin. However tonight, international Reggae artist Tarrus Riley will perform in Nelson's Dockyard to thousands of party-goers. Supporting Tarrus Riley will be Spirited, led by Curtley Ambrose - the best cricket bowler in the world with 405 wickets for the West Indies - who is a mean bass guitarist. The Strays will also be performing cool, beat driven Lovers Rock. DJ Private Ryan and DJ Puffy will be on hand to wind up the crowd to a frenzy. Wadadli Beer Lay Day will follow tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd May with all manner of fun activities on Pigeon Point Beach, including dinghy racing, bars and grills and seven DJs - Wicked Good!


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