Antigua Bermuda Race welcomes schooner Eleonora
Start: Antigua Friday 12th May 2017
The Antigua to Bermuda Race starting on Friday 12th May is proving highly popular with a huge variety of competitors eager to take on the challenge of a true ocean race to Bermuda; the home of the 35th America’s Cup.
The fascinating array of yachts, as rich in history as the America’s Cup, has been boasted by the addition of the magnificent 162ft schooner, Eleonora, an exact replica of the 1910 Herreshoff-designed Westward, one of the most famous and best known racing schooners in the world.
Eleonora’s owner is looking forward to competing in the race to Bermuda:
“This is a unique and challenging offshore race ending in the venue for the most prestigious sailing event in the world. For a sailor, this is simply the best way to get from Antigua to Bermuda to join the America’s Cup events.”
“It is also a great way to deliver the yacht from Antigua where she has spent the winter season cruising and racing,” continues the owner. ” Offshore cruising and racing can be quite rewarding and spectacular. Sailing on a reach in good breeze in a calm sea, down the moonbeam of a bright full moon is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We have a great crew who help us to also deal with the challenges of offshore sailing and who also share with us those spectacular moments.”
“Eleonora’s journey from the Caribbean to the U.S. east coast is similar to the trek made by hundreds of yacht owners every year – often twice a year,” explains Pat Phillip-Fairn, Chief Product & Experiences Development Officer at Bermuda Tourism Authority. “We hope among the legacy benefits of the Antigua to Bermuda Race and the America’s Cup, is that more yachts and superyachts stop off in Bermuda for adventures here during their journey. That includes the year-round thrill of racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound, just like the world’s elite sailors. We’re looking forward to welcoming all the Antigua to Bermuda participants in May.”
Spectators will enjoy the spectacular start from the iconic Pillars of Hercules outside Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua and the sight of the majestic racing schooner, Eleonora who will be joined in the CSA Classic class by the 87ft Tall Ship, Spirit of Bermuda, a replica of a 19th century Bermuda Dispatch Sloop and a national icon which symbolizes Bermuda’s maritime Heritage.
The yachts will enjoy a windward start along the spectacular south coast, before cracking sheets and hoisting spinnakers for a downwind blast into the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean currents and local weather effects will keep the tacticians on their toes for the 900 mile race and the magical island of Bermuda will deliver a fantastic welcome for the competitors on yachts from eight different countries.
The Antigua Bermuda Race is open to yachts and multihulls with a minimum length of 40ft (12m) holding a valid IRC,CSA, PCS MultiRule or Superyacht ORCsy rating. Dual scoring will be provided and a provision of a Motor Sailing Handicap will be overlaid for CSA Racers.
The Antigua Bermuda Race starts on Friday 12th May 2017 and is supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings Rum. For more information, including registration, please go to: www.antiguabermuda.com