With its clear tropical waters, it is easy to see why the enthusiasts love sailing in the Caribbean! However, you don’t have to have a good pair of sea legs to be able to enjoy maritime events and culture – there are some great regatta events coming up across the Caribbean that offer something for everyone, and you don’t even need to step a foot off-shore!
28 March – 1 April
The 32nd Annual ‘Bequia Heineken Easter Regatta’ will soon be taking place on the beautiful island of Bequia in The Grenadines. A must for anyone who loves sailing in the Caribbean, it is held by the Bequia Sailing Club, and hosts local boat and yacht racing on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Sunday is a lay day, but you will find plenty going on at the beach party on Lower Bay, including fun games, races, live music and a barbeque! We recommend staying at the Bequia Beach Hotel:
Tropic Breeze (01752 880880, tropicbreeze.co.uk) offer 7 nights in a Classic Pool and Sea View Room on bed and breakfast basis from £1,450 per person based on two adults sharing. This price includes return Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick to Barbados, return flights to Bequia Island, and return airport transfers to Bequia Beach Hotel.
30 – 31 March
The annual celebration of the sea – the Festival Del Mar – takes place at Island Harbour. With boat racing, deep sea fishing contests, crab racing, culinary competitions of the seafood variety and live music, it isn’t just about sailing in the Caribbean – there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! We suggest that you stay at the Carimar Beach Club:
Tropic Breeze (01752 880880, tropicbreeze.co.uk) offer 7 nights in a One Bedroom Beach View Villa on room only basis from £1,425 per person based on two adults sharing. This price includes return Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick to Antigua and return flights to Anguilla. Airport to hotel transfers can be arranged and are paid for locally.
18 – 23 April
The first of Antigua’s 2 regatta events, the 26th Annual Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta sees between 50 and 60 yachts heading into English Harbour every year. Including both traditional crafted boats from the islands such as classic ketches, sloops, schooners, yawls as well as the Spirit of Tradition yachts, J Class yachts, and Tall Ships. Not just a popular social event, it really is a fascinating sight to see!
27 April – 3 May
Without a doubt, the 46th Antigua Sailing Week is the island’s main annual event and for anyone who loves sailing in the Caribbean, is definitely not to be missed! A truly international event, it sees over 180 yachts of all sizes converging on English Harbour. The Sailing Week is well known for both its challenging racing and its lively night events! Eight major races, each with a number of different classes, are held in different areas around the island and the regatta’s Sailing Week Village is set in the historic Nelson’s Dockyard, the regional hub of the Royal Navy over 250 years ago. We think you might like to stay right in the heart of the action at The Inn At English Harbour:
Tropic Breeze (01752 880880, tropicbreeze.co.uk) offer 7 nights in Beach Cabana on half board basis from £1,790 per person based on two adults sharing. This price includes return Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick to Antigua, and return airport transfers to The Inn At English Harbour.
Interested in sailing in the Caribbean?
If you are thinking about your next Caribbean holiday, are interested in sailing in the Caribbean, or other activities, then give our experts a call on 01752 880 880 and we can put together a package for your dream getaway!