Antigua Sailing Week

After having competed in the Antigua sailing regatta last week and gaining third place in class, charter broker and regatta expert, Alice gives her personal insight into the best parties, races, sailing, and restaurants that the regatta has to offer.

Every April, thousands of competitive sailors gather from all corners of the world to compete in the unmissable Antigua Sail Week. For any yachtie, this rum-fueled week is not to be missed out!


Rum-fuelled racing

The warm Caribbean trade winds allow for some of the world’s finest yacht racing conditions. The regatta has many different classes for yacht racing and welcomes boats of all sizes including bareboat, sports boats and many larger vessels. 

Since the 1950s this prestigious event has been the home to some of the finest yacht performances in boating history. The week includes 6 competitive racing days in some of the best sailing conditions throughout the regatta world.

Many different types of boats will compete in the regatta, giving many different class options to join. There is even the option of entering this regatta in a bareboat class if you wish to add a different dimension to a standard yacht charter!

Regardless of the size of boat you are on, at the beginning of every race everyone is in the same position, competition for victory at the end of the day.


Expect to see:

  • Crews hanging over the boat rail.
  • All boats in the realm of possibility
  • Bruises.
  • Sunburn everywhere
  • Windswept sailors with a rum in hand at all times.
  • Windward-leeward racing
  • Ripped sails and ruined sailors!
  • Global sailing champions
  • The sunsetting every night in Paradise

Après-sail

No Caribbean regatta can be complete without dancing, copious amounts of rum and live reggae bands. Notorious live parties, team-building competitions, prize giving ceremonies, and onboard cocktail parties allow the perfection combination of sailing and socializing.

Be sure to walk up to Shirley Heights to get the best sunset and I may add the best rum punch that the island has to offer. This year, the sailing event was sponsored by Fever Tree tonics, as such the traditional Caribbean rum had some very strong competition for being the tipple of choice for the 2019 Antigua Sailing Week.

Tough competition, idyllic racing winds, structured race courses, rum punch and of course  lobster on the BBQ  are the key ingredients to a world class regatta for novices, experts or even beginners!

Please click here to get in contact with Alice for your next regatta charter. We specialize in global regattas and travel extensively to review the best regatta charters for you!

Captivating Catana Catamarans – BALI LINE

Bali cats, how what where and when?

(Artist: John Webber, artist aboard Cook’s ship. Source: Scanned from page 20 of the following book. Grant, Glenn (2004) Hawai`i Looking Back: An illustrated History of the Islands, Mutual Publishing, pp. 454pp)

The 1600s marks the birth of the new multihull ideology which would later become one of the most recognized yacht models across the sailing community. It was first believed to have been two logs bound together and later developed into two cannons being held together to give that famous multi-style. Catamarans have moved on from this once prehistoric engineering into some of the most celebrated yachts in the world. This was not without skepticism, the first recorded Catamaran designed by William Petty was not a commercial success. The multihull design was virtually unused for around 160 years following its initial introduction.

Come the mid-1900’s century catamarans started to come into a league of their own. The cat designs traveled worldwide, with England and the Americas jumping on the bandwagon to start producing the multihull sailing yachts. Famed for stability, these yachts started to beat Monohulls in regattas all over the world. Nowadays catamarans exude luxury and racing excellence.

They’ve become so popular in the sailing-holiday-cruising-style due to their space, catamarans are not only novice sailors favorites but are fast becoming the Luxury crewed alternatives to monohulls. This versatile yacht can be utilized in many different ways, not only been built for cruising but have also developed into hydrofoiling racing cats and power cats .

We have Bali catamarans based in some of the most elite sailing destinations in the world. If you are after luxury, space, and easy sailing then this yacht is for you! Space is hard to find on monohull yachts that are under 40ft, but even with 32 ft cat space will never become an issue. Built for speed and cruising, these yachts are perfect for exploring shallow waters around the Caribbean, or island hopping in the Greek or Croatian islands.

With large Balis accommodating up to 12 guests, these yachts provide ample space for a stunning charter with family and friends. Bali has furnished their yachts to a high specification creating a dynamic, comfortable sail. Bali catamarans are pioneers in the way that they develop their yachts. They are always searching for rules to break, and putting sailors comfort and ease of sailing at the forefront of everything they create. Check out our catamaran yacht charter guide for more information on chartering a catamaran.

Sailing spirit, Spirits and Sprits!

Escape the stress of work and the city for the island life! Time to swap the road traffic for the open ocean and head to the Caribbean this winter. If the prospect of lying on a beach all day sipping cocktails doesn’t excite you, let us find you a sailboat Tortola in just one of many gorgeous destinations to explore. Regardless of whether you are a keen sailor or you just want to get stuck in, there are opportunities for all experience levels during various regattas. This is a fantastic way to gel with crew, improve your sailing skills, and do something exciting to get your adrenaline pumping!11178286_10153033374399342_4044511799828842800_n Continue reading

Get JUST ENOUGH this Spring in the Caribbean

Caribbean

What do you look for in a spring holiday destination? Maybe you live in Europe and have the opportunity to escape three months of cold weather and want to utilise your children’s holidays to travel to the Caribbean?  You could be lucky enough to have the Caribbean on your doorstep but seek inspiration on a new holiday hotspot? After extensively travelling around the Caribbean for three months of yacht shows, the Boatbookings Team know exactly where you should go for Spring Break and how you should do it!

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The 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show Review

The Boatbookings Team have just returned from another successful Antigua Charter Yacht Show, where they viewed over 50 of the very best crewed yachts for your next vacation. Whether you are looking to explore the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean, majestic landscapes of the Mediterranean or remote islands in the South Pacific, we know the very best yachts to take you there.

The Boatbookings Best In Show: NAIANAIA

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Gourmet and Yachting Perfection at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show!

Antigua Show

In just a little over 3 weeks Ben and Allison from the Boatbookings team will be heading to the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, from December 5-11, which showcases the world’s finest charter yachts. With 98 yachts already registered this will be a very rewarding and exciting and important show for us.  We look forward to reporting back to everyone after viewing all of these magnificent yachts and meeting the crews.

Antigua

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REGINA, Super Yacht of James Bond Fame Available in the Caribbean Winter 2014-15!

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Do you want a yacht fit for 007 himself? Following a highly successful East Med summer season, REGINA is moving to the Caribbean. It is the second consecutive year that REGINA will be cruising the likes of St Maarten and St Barths, and her crew is looking forward to pampering their guests just like in a James Bond movie! REGINA “starred” alongside Daniel Craig in Skyfall, the latest 007 James Bond film, and since then she has built an impressive and extremely loyal clientèle amongst the world jetset.

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Early Booking Offers throughout April in the Mediterranean!

Spring has arrived and it’s time to turn the clocks forward and your sights towards the summer, and of course the all-important summer holiday. Our welcoming owners love booking early, and as such they’re offering some fantastic offers for those looking to sort out their plans this month for charters in June. One of our favourite luxury crewed catamarans is currently offering up to 15% off the charter fee and free delivery to a port of your choice on the French Riviera or in Corsica. This offer is only valid throughout April so book MUSE early for your summer holidays!

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 15.57.53Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 15.58.27Our Managing Director thoroughly enjoyed the fresh and healthy food onboard MUSE at the Antigua Yacht Show. She also loved the fresh and keen crew, and the luxurious interior which is perfect for large family groups!

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 15.58.11Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 15.58.41Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 15.59.01MUSE has a huge beam so provides excellent inside and outside volume for everyone to find somewhere to relax and enjoy the beautiful sun or escape to the cool of the shade. For the more active family she’s well-equipped with water toys!

To take advantage of early booking incentives around the Mediterranean for this summer, contact our expert broker team today.