Sailing in Antigua, Caribbean
Ideally located in the eastern Leeward Islands, Antigua is a sailor's paradise. Conditions are ideal for sailing all year round with warm weather and constant sea breezes. It's also the sunniest spot in the Caribbean!
A tradition of sailing in Antigua
Antigua has a long, proud sailing tradition, dating back to the Napoleonic wars when Admiral Lord Nelson used English Harbour as his base of British naval operations.The restored Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is the world’s only operating Georgian dockyard and remains a haven for sailing vessels.
Yacht charter and yachting holidays
English Harbour welcomes all kinds of visiting yachtsmen and women, with facilities to suit all kinds of vessels from large super yachts to more modest boats. There are several charter companies offering hires from a day to a full holiday cruise. In addition visitors can enjoy fishing charters and trips, as well as historical boat tours of Heritage Quay.
Antigua's sailing season
Antigua's sailing season runs from December to May and features a packed and varied yachting calendar, making it an ideal place to take a sailing holiday.
The season begins with the Antigua Charter Yacht Show in December. Other events include Nelson's Pursuit Race, the Antigua Yacht Club 'Round the Island' Race and the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. During April and May you will find there are lots of sailing activities to take part in.
Antigua Sailing Week Regatta
Antigua also hosts the annual Antigua sailing Week which takes place each year at the end of April. One of the world’s top yachting regattas, visitors can enjoy a real party atmosphere, featuring high-level sailing, beach parties and shoreside celebrations.