Monday, May 1, 2017
One Week Later
One Week Later
What a difference a week makes!!! As fast as the Classic Regatta reaches its finale, the Antigua Race Week starts to crank up. This year is the 50th anniversary of this prestigious event. Since the late 70’s I have been reading in sailing magazines about Antigua Race Week and now we are here – right in the middle of it all! AWESOME.
It is interesting to see the comparison between last week and this week. Classic Regatta is very subtle, laid back and conservative. Race Week is all about race teams, competition and hired guns as crew for the races. Varnish and billowing sails has been replaced with carbon fiber and high performance yachts. I think that there is a difference between the two groups – one is a spirit of participation and the other is a spirit of WIN at all cost! The docks are now piled high with equipment that is removed from the boat for races – interior tables, anchors, life rafts and heavy weather sails. Repair teams are on board fixing broken equipment from the trip to Antigua. Like bees around a hive!
The evening festivities are also very different – laid back music performances have been replaced with DJs and live high volume reggae bands playing well into the night. Beer and rum are served in huge quantities to coincide with the party atmosphere. Yacht teams stand out in their matching shirts and hats! This is amazing!
We feel very privileged to be able to be part of all this!