Sailing in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua is the sailing capital of the Caribbean. Located in the eastern Leeward Islands, Antigua and Barbuda has ideal conditions for sailing year-round and is the sunniest spot in this part of the Caribbean. Facilities are available to suit all kinds of vessels from mega yachts to skiffs.
The islands have a long association with the finest to have sailed the ocean waves including the great British naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was based there. The restored Nelson’s Dockyard is the world’s only operating Georgian dockyard and remains a haven for sailing vessels.
Antigua's Yachting Calendar is extensive and with a season that runs from December to May, making it an easy choice for those looking for a sailing holiday. Beginning with the Antigua Charter Yacht Show in December, Nelson's Pursuit Race, the Antigua Yacht Club 'Round the Island' Race, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Antigua is without a doubt a destination on every serious yachties "to do list" and during April and May you will find there are lots of sailing activities to take part in.
The island also annually hosts one of the world’s top regattas, the Antigua Sailing Week.
Holidaymakers visiting during Sailing Week are in for a treat as this is the perfect time to celebrate the island’s culture and be swept up in the carnival atmosphere of this exhilarating event which combines the chance to see high-level sailing, beach bashes and shoreside partying. For committed land lubbers who’d rather be chilling out on the beach, there are of course 365 beautiful ones to choose from and plenty to see and do in the twin-island tropical paradise.
If you would like to receive the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Guide or would like information on sailing in Antigua and Barbuda contact the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority in the UK at +44 (0) 207 258 0070