Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
This race began in the 1960’s as a result of English Harbor charter yacht captains and crews racing each other down to Guadaloupe at the end of the charter season. It is now a regular event, drawing attention from around the world. Racing occurs off the South coast of Antigua and there are several classes today, but the old classics can be seen in all their restored glory.
Antigua Sailing Week
Sailing Week began in 1968 when a group of hoteliers and others decided to create an event that would entice visitors to remain in Antigua after the winter season had ended. The first Antigua Sailing Week was as the name suggested, a week-long event, with boats from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean participating. Sailing Week has now been run every year since and is one of the highlights of the sailing world.
America ’s Cup
The America’s Cup race began its history when the yacht America sailed across the Atlantic ocean to challenge the best the British fleet had to offer to a race. The cup is held by the winning team until the next America’s Cup race. Competition for this much-coveted cup is fierce, and brings the world’s best sailors from around the globe together to compete for it. The America’s Cup race is one of the toughest to win. The race is run when the winning team is challenged for the Cup and the team holding the cup decides the venue for the race.
Chicago to Mackinac
Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race
Newport Bermuda Race
Quantum Key West Race – Racing is held in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key West, and is run by the Storm Trysail Club. It began in 1987 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017.
Volvo Ocean Race – Previously known as The Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, the Volvo Ocean Race covers 46,000 nautical miles around the world. Some say the Volvo Ocean Race is the toughest and longest professional sporting event in the world, and it certainly is challenging team races, giving it one of the spots in the Big Three events in sailing, alongside the America’s Cup and the Olympics.