Antigua & Barbuda’s ever-steady tradewinds and warm year-round temperatures make it one of the best places for sailing in the Caribbean – if not the world. To ramp up the excitement for sailing aficionados, Antigua offers two different sailing experiences. On the island’s eastern side, the wilder Atlantic offers exhilarating sailing with often boisterous seas, whilst the west has the sheltered Caribbean Sea, ideal for more relaxed, gentle sailing.
Antigua Sailing Week, held each year at the end of April and beginning of May, is one of the most popular regattas in the world – not just for its excellent sailing but for its fantastic après-sail parties and fun. Other events, such as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, the Superyacht Challenge and the RORC Caribbean 600, a 600-mile race around the Eastern Caribbean starting and finishing in English Harbour, Antigua, are all musts on the global sailing calendar.
As summer ends in the Mediterranean, the superyacht fraternity crosses the Atlantic to the warm waters of the Caribbean in Antigua, where many of the yachts base themselves throughout the winter season. The yachting season kicks off in early December with the largest yacht charter show in the world. The island’s top-notch restaurants, charming bays offering safe anchorage and world-class yachting services and maintenance mean it is no wonder the islands are a mecca for yachters and sailors from around the globe.