The first day of Antigua Sailing Week included skippers like Sir Richard Matthews for whom this was the 37th event he was participating in along with Jules Mitchell of 18 years of age who has never been skipper of a boat in a regatta before.
Such was the varied participation in the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week that took to a lively start on day one in the Caribbean waters. The English Harbor Rum Race Day 1 started the sailing week with most of the CSA Racing Divisions originating at Shirley Heights. The race course had a lot of spectators lined up and the competitive levels were high as well. There were about 33 countries participating in this event with sailors and boats from all over. The weather conditions were great that made the event even more attractive and enjoyable for the participants as well as the viewers.
Sir Peter Harrison was skippering Sojana that obtained a comfortable win in CSA 1. Lloyd Kyte skippered Stay Calm that came in second while Nomad IV by Jean-Paul Riviere came in third place. On the second day CSA 8 obtained victory and all three places on the podium were taken up by Antiguan boat owners. As in the words of Andy Green who is a match racing champion and has been participating in Antigua Sailing Week for several years, it is more about fun than techniques in this competitive event. He states that every competitor has much fun sailing in these waters and there is less attention paid to debrief after sailing and more on simple meals and relaxation like playing golf. CSA 5 was a truly competitive event where the eight boats on top were mere seconds apart with a total of ten minutes as a time difference in total.