Antigua and Barbuda is cautiously optimistic of staging its annual Sailing Week next year despite the uncertainty created by the global pandemic. Yachting stakeholders are planning events for the 2021 staging.
The Antigua Sailing Week team are working on the race formats and shore side protocols to ensure the safety of everyone who will be involved in the event and are already receiving entries from around the world to attend the six-day regatta from April 24 - 30.
With the importance of the event to the national economy and a vital pat of the Caribbean season, the event creates welcome revenues for the entire islands which in turn facilitates businesses being able to support themselves over the long summer period. The cancellation of the 2020 event hit the organisation, which is a not-for-profit, and the island hard. In order to assist in creating a safe and successful 2021 event the organisers are launching a 'Friends of ASW' programme.
Of the programme, president Alison Sly-Adams said: "Antigua Sailing Week was the first regatta of its type in the region and continues to today to create important economic activity for the island as well as destination marketing year round. In 2019 we estimated the event injected EC$7.4m (KY$2.28) directly into the economy.”