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Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbor Antigua

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA | Monday, 12 April 2010 | Views [313]

April 12th

Back in Antigua and preparing for Hannah’s arrival and the start of Classics Week. Nelson’s dockyard is a restored harbor from the time of Admiral Nelson and the English fleet arrived/colonized Antigua. It is gorgeous and a great spot to based for the Classics week event. The harbor is next door and an easy walk to Falmouth Harbor race central so it close but not too close to all the action.

April 14th Hannah arrived

Note to Antiguan visitors the flights arrive on time but the customs can be a nightmare.

Hannah has arrived to a packed agenda. Still jet lagged we gave her a walking tour of English Harbor, Falmouth Harbor and the yachts competing in the race. The night ended or should I say Hannah’s long night/day/night with pizza with Jim’s friends from Maine just in for the races.

April 15th race day 1 

Jim had a spot he discovered last year high on a headland with a perfect view of the race courses. We spent the week end hiking up to our spot with a picnic and watching races during the day and meeting with friends for dinner in the evening.  Antigua Classics Regatta attracts classic super yachts to small sloops either original restored or modern replicas. Over 60 yachts raced this year and on Sunday we had the pleasure of watching the parade of yachts through English Harbor from the bow of Belle. We also hosted our English friends for afternoon tea & scones to their amazement. Sunday night Jim’s friends Phinn & Johanna of Portland Yacht Service, Maine hosted a party at the Yacht club for all boats to promote Maine as a sailing destination. It was a great night with lobster, rum punch and dancing to a live band (Jim’s funky chicken was a highlight). On Monday we cheered in one of the last canoe’s to arrive from the transatlantic challenge rowing race. The canoeists rowed from Canaries to Antigua which took the winner 75 days and the last boat almost 100 days. It was a wonderful achievement for the competitors but one has to ask, why?

April 19th

Set sail for Deep Bay on the way to Barbuda and anchored one night nothing remarkable about Deep Bay including the snorkeling.

Tags: admiral nelson, classics regatta, dockyard, marina

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