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2018/19 Season

Three major hurricanes which passed through the Caribbean at the end of 2017 and which caused massive destruction to several islands including Antigua's sister island of Barbuda.  However, the main tourist and yachting island of Antigua escaped with absolute minimal damage and was open for business and able to absorb the overflow created by the non-availability of facilities in the damaged islands.

Antigua remains the yachting centre of the Caribbean both by its geographical location and by its supply of goods and services to yachting, particularly the superyacht and mega-yacht market.

As usual, the season kicks off with the Charter Yacht Show at the beginning of December followed by Christmas in Nelson's Dockyard (now a World Heritage Site) although first signs of yachts returning to Antigua is the Salty Dog Rally, in Antigua for the second year following the destruction of its former terminal point in the BVI.

One of the pinnacles of the season is now the RORC Caribbean 600 which takes place in February and, in it's eleventh year, is expected to attract up to 100 yachts.

Antigua Yacht Club's Classic Yacht Regatta is undergoing a complete revamp for 2019 with a greater emphasis on racing and fair competition.  The much loved Parade of Sail where yachts do a circuit of Nelson's Dockyard before a crowd of thousands of onlookers remains a highlight of the event.

Sailing Week is still one of the Caribbean's premier regattas and usually ends the season but, as in a couple of recent years, there is a major event occurring in July - the International Optimist Dinghy Championships, Antigua being chosen ahead of competing venues such as China, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.

Renowned for its repair and refit facilities, Antigua is also a major provisioning centre for charter yachts with all supplies whether provisions or repair materials being duty free fro yachts in transit.

More expansion of mooring and docking facilities are planned for Antigua to take account of both the increasing number and increasing size of visiting yachts.  Storage ashore for the summer has also expanded in recent years.

A list of services is available under the tab Marine Services at the top of this page.


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Antigua & Barbuda is an independent Caribbean nation of 108 square miles (Antigua) and 68 square miles (Barbuda) with a beautiful, unspoiled coastline providing many safe and scenic anchorages with some of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean.

For many years Antigua has been one of the top destinations in the world for yacht chartering, racing and cruising.  Keeping up with the demands of a growing yachting industry, we have developed a large range of high quality marine services.  Nelson's Dockyard is the only working Georgian dockyard in the world and has recently undergone major restoration of the sea wall as well as improving it's shore facilities for visiting yachts.

There are seven privately run marinas, some able to accommodate super-yachts of 70m+ with drafts of 7m.

The Antigua & Barbuda Marine Guide is an annual magazine for yachting visitors to our island.  Published by Lightwave Publications Ltd. since 1994, it is intended as an informative guide, listing marine services and supplies, places to visit and things to see and do.  There are many anchorages and marinas from which to choose.  The Guide describes recommended anchorages and what you expect to find ashore.  The sailing directions are only to be used in conjunction with official charts and pilot books.

To see an on-line copy of the printed version of the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Guide

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