The Citizenship by Investment Unit Sponsors Commemorative Antigua Sailing Week Book Antigua

Saturday, 18 March 2017


Sailing Week is pleased to announce a new sponsor, the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU).
The CIU has come on board to sponsor the commemorative book created by Antigua Sailing Week organisers to memorialize Antigua and Barbuda’s top-class sailing event.  Antigua Sailing Week: The First 50 Years, as the book title suggests, reflects on the evolution of the event from its formation to present-day.
The CIU sponsored the creation of the coffee-table book in celebration of Antigua Sailing Week’s 50th edition -- a milestone achievement for the country’s longest-running sailing event. The book will be released at a launch slated for mid-April.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the CIU, Thomas Anthony said: “The Citizenship by Investment Unit is proud to be the official sponsor of this beautiful compilation of memories, in commemoration of such a significant event that has become an indelible part of our culture.”
The CIU administers Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). Henley & Partners and Arton Capital, which are consulting firms that both specialize in residence and citizenship investor programmes, rank the CIP as the first in the region and third in the world behind Malta and Cyprus.
With tourism being the main driver of the economy, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda utilizes the CIP to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), renew interest in the real estate market and spur investment in the general economy. Through the program, foreign investors are granted citizenship in exchange for investing in the country.
Chairman of Antigua Sailing Week’s Regatta Organising Committee, Kathy Lammers said that the Antigua Sailing Week book gives the CIU an additional tool for marketing the destination to foreign investors.
“Antigua Sailing Week is one of the greatest international marketing tools the island has,” Lammers said. “The book will be a great tool for CIU to give to potential investors to showcase not only Antigua Sailing Week, but Antigua as a destination.”
Antigua Sailing Week: The First 50 Years delves into memories over the years and showcases sailing photographs, scenic images and popular locations such as Nelson’s Dockyard.
It features a lot of the key players, who created and played a significant part in organising Antigua Sailing Week.  It highlights stories of sailors who triumphed over challenges at sea to win the Lord Nelson Trophy, and who have demonstrated their commitment to the sport and the event by racing year-after-year, even if they have never won.  It brings back to life some of the party traditions from over the years.
Lammers, who participated in Antigua Sailing Week for the first time in 1982 and raced regularly from 1997 until 2011 when she got involved in the regatta organisation, hopes that going through the book will bring back a lot of memories that may have been forgotten for people, who have been involved in the event in one way or another over the years.
Copies of Antigua Sailing Week: The First 50 Years are available for pre-order now at

Book Your Stay at the Inn at English Harbour for ASW50

It’s time to getaway to Antigua! Join in the celebration for Antigua Sailing Week’s 50th edition and stay at the Inn at English Harbour. The Inn is a luxury hotel that is the perfect location for people, who are either racing, spectating or partying for Antigua Sailing Week, and who want to be in the heart of the action.

Book your stay now until May 3, 2017 and travel from April 28 to May 6, 2017. Enter booking code ASW 2017.  A 50 percent deposit is required at the time of booking (not combinable with any other offers).  

Accommodations are US$395  (Junior Suites ONLY) with a minimum stay of three nights. The rate includes breakfast, tax and service per room per night.

The Dickenson Bay Beach Bash Is Back in A New Way

The advent of the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week has given event organisers an opportunity to look at its first 50 years and review the old traditions to see how some of them can be re-incorporated into the event.

As a result, the strapline for this year’s event is “Old Traditions, New Ways.”

The 50th edition is now the perfect time to bring back – in a new way –everyone’s favourite event, the Dickenson Bay Beach Bash.
 Expect to find all the favourite parts of the Dickenson Bay Beach Bash, including beach vendors, live music and some in and on the water fun. The new twist is that the beach bash is being used as a bridge between Antigua Sailing Week and the inaugural Antigua to Bermuda Race.

It will, therefore, take place on Sunday May 7, 2017 – the day after Dockyard Day — and be the perfect celebration to draw the weeklong 50th Antigua Sailing Week to a close.

The day will celebrate Antiguan food, culture and music. It will start at 2 p.m. and run through to 10 p.m. All of the properties and businesses along the beach will be included from Coconut Grove right down to the Rex Halcyon Hotel.

Whether you are heading to the beach by car, by taxi, by foot, or by boat, everyone needs to join the celebration and welcome back the Dickenson Bay Beach Bash to the annual calendar.

People interested in vending should also contact the Ministry of Tourism.

Meantime, Antigua Sailing Week has more than 140 boats entered into the competition, which takes place on Apr. 29 to May 7. 

For continuous updates on the event be sure to visit our website regularly.

Keep up to date with all the yachting, racing and sailing news, events and blogs from Yachting World.

On sale now, the Yachting World April 2017 issue kicks off with photos of the New Zealand America’s Cup team cycling down the race course plus rogue waves:  we separate fact from fiction.
Are you joining us for ASW 2017?


Its going to be HUGE. Take a look at the current entry list to check out the competitors so far. If you want to join us enter here. Don't forget we have two one day races before ASW starts, the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race and the Peters & May Round Antigua Race. And a week after ASW, is the start of the innaugural Antigua to Bermuda Race

Cathy McLean

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