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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2024

17 Apr - 22 Apr 2024

Witness nautical elegance come alive at the prestigious 2024 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. From April 17 -22, Antigua's turquoise waters will host a captivating display of nearly 60 classic yachts. Experience the thrill of world-class competition set against a backdrop of island charm. This iconic event promises an unforgettable blend of heritage, sportsmanship, and Caribbean allure.

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is the premier classic sailing event of the Caribbean attracting a large number of classics every year from all around the world. In its 35th edition this year, the event enjoys a wonderful variety of competitors including traditional craft from the islands, vintage and classic ketches, sloops, schooners and yawls making the bulk of the fleet along with the more newly-built Spirit of Tradition yachts and Modern Classics”, as the Regatta team announces.

Beyond the competition, soak in the festive atmosphere - from the vibrant welcome party to the lively open mic night. Witness nautical elegance at its finest during the concours d’ Elegance and enjoy a closing tea party alongside the competition.

This event is unparalleled in its blend of champagne sailing, warm hospitality, endless sunshine, and a laid-back vibe, all punctuated by vibrant celebrations. As each day winds down with rum-infused sunsets, participants and spectators alike are treated to unforgettable moments of relaxation and enjoyment.

Beyond the races, the regatta's schedule is filled with engaging activities designed to immerse everyone in the local culture and sailing tradition, including welcoming receptions and award ceremonies. These gatherings offer a perfect opportunity to experience the heart of the Caribbean lifestyle on Antigua's shores.

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Getting Involved

Embrace a yacht charter with a difference during the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Experience the adrenaline-pumping action up close as you sail on board and alongside iconic sailing yachts. The regatta is not only a showcase of speed but also a celebration of maritime heritage, great camaraderie and features competitions for traditional and vintage yachts, alongside a 'Spirit of Tradition' race and a division for majestic tall ships. Each category adheres to rigorous standards, ensuring participants and spectators alike witness the epitome of nautical elegance and craftsmanship.

Offered for charter through Ocean Independence, two magnificent sister ships from ARK Yachts are participating in the event. Spanning 54 metres, these vessels boast an impressive 1000m² of sail area, making them some of the most visually stunning and competitive yachts available to charter for the event.

Whether you're a seasoned sailor or this is your first regatta life on board is exquisite. Al fresco dining, luxurious accommodation, and the attentive service of a professional crew. Ideal for engaging in a prestigious regatta or exploring breathtaking locales, CHRONOS and RHEA offer spacious and stylish comfort for more than 25 guests, ensuring an unforgettable experience in the company of friends or family.

While RHEA is already fully booked, CHRONOS still offers the unique chance for an exclusive private charter, or for bookings of single cabins from April 17 – 22, 2024.



Warm up for the main event with a day of practice sailing on board CHRONOS or RHEA. This pre-event practice offers participants the opportunity to understand their duties, acquaint themselves with the crew, and grasp the regatta's structure. As dusk falls, immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle in Nelson’s Dockyard where sailors and Owners worldwide converge in the breathtaking marina, celebrating one of the year's most anticipated yachting events.

Over the next four days you’ll participate in the racing on board your charter yacht, CHRONOS or RHEA. With a new course being set each day the races take place in the morning just outside Falmouth Harbour so plenty of spectators can enjoy the sight of these magnificent sailing yachts doing battle form the shore.

After racing, guests can either enjoy lunch on board or return to the harbour to spend the afternoon as they please. The event is extremely convivial and there are several social events should guests wish to join in and meet other yachting enthusiasts. The week culminates with a prize giving and spectacular celebrations in Nelson's Dockyard which mark the end of this amazing regatta.

But never forget the motto: “Everything can, nothing must.” You can assist in steering, trimming the sails and supporting the crew in all sailing activities. Equally, if you prefer, simply relax and take in the stunning spectacle of the yachts racing and the vibrant atmosphere of this exceptional event. It's a unique celebration, not just for sailors, but for everyone who loves the sea.



  • Wednesday, April 17: Registration, Concours d’Elégance Judging, Skippers Meeting, and a Welcome Party at Boom.

  • Thursday, April 18: Race 1, followed by Happy Hour and Caribbean Night.

  • Friday, April 19: Race 2 and Happy Hour.
  • Saturday, April 20: Race 3, Happy Hour, and an Open Mic Night.
  • Sunday, April 21: Race 4, a Parade of Classics, Happy Hour & Dockyard Party.
  • Monday, April 22: A Single-Handed Race, Gig Racing & Cream Tea, Happy Hour, Prize Giving, and Dinner & Music​



For those seeking a more laid-back experience, opting to follow the race from the comfort of a chartered sailing or motor yacht offers a serene alternative. Picture yourself savouring a cocktail, while watching the competition unfold from a private yacht, without the need to handle any rigging.

The regatta also serves as a vibrant social gathering, inviting guests to unwind and dive into the lively Caribbean culture. From Rendezvous Bay to English Harbour, the scenic coastal views provide a stunning backdrop to this magnificent event.


Discover the yachts for charter in Antigua and join this sailing adventure that blends classic elegance, thrilling races, and vibrant celebrations at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. This prestigious event combines the elegance of classic sailing with the excitement of competitive races and the joy of vibrant celebrations. Whether you're a skilled sailor eager to compete or simply wish to admire the beauty of these classic vessels from the comfort of a modern motor yacht, there's a place for you.

Contact an Ocean Independence Charter Broker to secure your spot at one of the sailing calendar's most anticipated events, offering an unforgettable blend of sport and spectacle.


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