Sailboats are meant to sail

Published on November 22nd, 2022

After a three-year COVID-19 hiatus, the fourth edition of the 935nm Antigua Bermuda Race is on the schedule to start from Antigua on May 9, 2023.

“The first few days of the race are basically a guaranteed sleigh ride with reaching in the trade-winds,” said Meg Reilly, a three-time competitor on the Pogo 12.50 Hermes. “The approach to Bermuda tends to be more strategic sailing in lighter winds.”

The race uses the IRC and CSA rule for monohulls and the PCS rule for multihulls. Classic yachts and double-handed teams will have their own category, and a secondary motor sailing handicap in the CSA Classes, allows yachts to use their engines and still get a result, subject to a time penalty.

The Antigua Bermuda Race is timed to coincide with the end of Antigua Sailing Week when many yachts are planning to sail north back to North America, or east from Bermuda across the Atlantic Ocean. With the high current ocean freight rates, the Antigua Bermuda Race offers a great option to take your boat north out of the Caribbean in a safe, economic and highly enjoyable way. 


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