Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Tue 23 Apr 2019 13:45
17:00.69N 61:46.67W Antigua Classics
One of the highlights of 2019, was to be in Antigua for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta from 17 to 23 April. Showcasing a collection of magnificent yachts, this was the 31st year of the event. We found a good anchoring spot in Falmouth Harbour and were able to enjoy all the festivities on the shore, as well as take our dinghy out into the ocean to watch the races up close.
There are many different categories of yachts – from originals to replicas, big and small . Not only is there the racing, but also the judging of the condition of the yachts in the Concours d’elegance.
Different Classes – to make it a bit more fair. Heading out to ocean in the trusty rubber duck
The beautiful Columbia. She is a steel replica to the original 141ft Gloucester wooden schooner built in 1923, and lost in a hurricane in 1927, off Nova Scotia. Definitely a favourite with Mike, Steve & Julia. mv Erben Renewal)
The sister ships Chronos and Rhea, with their interesting 1000 sq.m sail configuration were racing flat our against each other. These 54 m massive ketches are actually small cruise ships – each taking up to 28 passengers.
My favourite was the 1936 Fyfe yacht Eileen. She was rescued from the Antigua mangroves in 2006 and restored to her original glory by the ex Panerai CEO , Angelo Bonati. How wonderful to see this old lady sailing so beautifully
The famous 1933 Camper & Nicholson yacht Valsheda was there, but sadly not racing this year. Note the reflection of the dinghy in the paint work. The crews on these yachts, never stop polishing!
Severine and Hilaria off English Harbour. It was pretty boisterous in the dinghy.
1943 gaff ketch Vendia alongside the massive 183ft Athos – Busy day on the water
We are so privileged to have been in Antigua for this incredible spectacle, maybe we will return in 2020.