Save the date! The Antigua Bermuda Race starts on Friday, May 12, 2017.
Enthusiasts are dizzy with excitement considering the race is open to yachts and multihulls with a minimum length of 40 feet holding a valid IRC and/or CSA Rating Certificate or Superyacht rating.
More than 40 yachts have already shown interest in the Antigua Bermuda Race according to the organizers at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Because this race dovetails with the finish of the 50th edition of Antingua Sailing Week and the 35th America’s Cup event in Bermuda it is expected to host a substantial fleet from around the world.
Fans and fanatics will see magnificent superyachts, high performance multihulls and production cruisers/racers.
Many famous ships and illustrious Captains with world-class crews are ready to compete.
The stories behind some of the racers are almost legendary.
2017 is a special year for Mathew Barker, the owner of The Blue Peter, which was launched in 1930. Like Antigua Sailing Week, the British yachtsman based in Cannes, South of France will be celebrating his 50th year.
Designed by Alfred Mylne and built in Burnham-on-Crouch, the original owner extended her by 10 feet in 1938 and the wooden sloop has been exactly preserved by Barker to that configuration – right down to the deck gear.
Many of the worlds best crews and die hard fans will gather in May for this truly amazing race.
You can bet that Bermuda bartenders will be mixing up a lot of “Dark & Stormy’s” for celebrating sailors.
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