Monday, March 21, 2005

A Carribean regatta in my Easter basket

It’s spring regatta time in the Caribbean – the perfect opportunity to contemplate the misery of a late winter in the Northeast U.S. Here is a good article on the recent St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, a rollicking blow out sailing event if there ever was one – seems this year they had a problem with light winds. I remember absolute carnage on the course - multiple tbones at the line, blown sails, even a man or two overboard. The Heineken's I attended always had steady winds in excess of 20 knots. The party on the French side (usually second night) for reasons that you can probably guess, is hands down the best scene. Those of us who can’t book a ticket and jet off to the races will have to be content to read about the BVI Spring Regatta, the St. Thomas Yacht Club’s Rolex Regatta and of course the venerable Antigua Racing Week – more and more resembling Mardi Gras for sailors. If you're over 30 I'd consider the “Jazz Fest” of Caribbean racing, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. I’ve never actually been but in my mind racing yachts of such historical beauty and grace in a setting like Antigua is a strong contender for heaven on earth.

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