Antigua, largest of the Leeward Islands, is a paradise of coral reefs, long stunning beaches and, unsurprisingly with its rich naval history, first class sailing. It is famously home of cricketing legend Sir Viv Richards as well as one of the world’s most rare (and harmless) snakes.

Another legend, Horatio Nelson, set up camp in English Harbour in 1783. Then a 28-year-old Captain, he was sent to patrol these waters and defend the local sugar plantations from the French. It’s all very Pirates of the Caribbean and Nelson’s Dockyard, a great colonial relic and living history, and is a rare UNESCO World Heritage site. Other memories of the colonial past remain in the historic forts, but true Caribbean flavour is all over the candy-coloured villages and rum mellowed locals!

If you need more sailing provenance Antigua hosts The Classic Yacht Regatta annually in April when yachts from around the world come to take part and experience an Antiguan welcome is second to none. Local cuisine includes tasty dishes harnessing the flavours of corn, white sweet potatoes & the famous Antiguan ‘Black pineapple’. If you get bored of rum punch ‘Wadadli’ is a beer brewed on the island perfect for long, warm evenings of pink sands & gentle skies.

We sail out of quaintly-named Jolly Harbour Marina, helpfully situated 20 minutes from the International airport and the bustling capital of St Johns on the North West coast. A 30 mile reach away Barbuda, known locally as Antigua’s ‘little sister’, is a popular destination and famous for its bird sanctuary. More locally the coves, bays and beaches around the rugged coastline are simply a delight – as is the sunset over Nevis. Great water sports here too.

Skill-wise: with winds ranging from Force 2 to 5 there is good line of sight coastal sailing for novice skippers who know how to read charts and plot a course. If you want to make the beat to Barbuda you will need open water sailing experience.

Weather-wise: From November through to June the temperature is a fairly constant 30° degrees with East through Northeast winds providing excellent winter sailing.

Antigua Yacht Charter Base Co-Ordinates:

17°04.50′ N 61°54.37 W

Antigua Yacht Charter Base Address:

Jolly Harbour Marina
St Johns

Antigua Yacht Charter Base Facilities:

  • Cafe / bar with free wifi
  • Parking
  • Crane
  • Power supply
  • Water supply
  • Restaurant
  • WC
  • Gasoline station
  • Showers
  • Weather forecast
  • Laundry service
  • Workshop
  • Casino
  • Dry Berths
  • Slipway
  • Swimming Pool
Day 1

UK to Antigua and transfer to Jolly Harbour marina for embarkation.

Day 2

Enjoy a relaxing short sail to Deep Bay and snorkel around the wreck of a 3 masted barque.

Day 3

Set sail for north sound and choose from Long island, Maiden Island or Great Bird Island. Explore the sheltered bays with your dinghy.

Day 4

Explore this beautiful area during the day, and drop anchor in Dickenson Bay in the afternoon.

Day 5

Make an early start and enjoy an invigorating sail across to Barbuda. Overnight off the beach near Cocoa point and dine under the stars.

Day 6

Explore the wonderful coral reefs or explore ashore, the choice is yours.

Day 7

Make the most of the day and enjoy a good reach back across to Antigua and anchor at west bay on the uninhabited Green Island.

Day 8

After a brisk sail across the rugged south-eastern coastline, moor stern-to at the Nelson Dockyard, the only remaining working Georgian Dockyard in the world.

Day 9

Sail out of English harbour and head towards Carlisle Bay with its clam, clear, palm-fringed waters for a peaceful night.

Day 10

Continue sailing down inside Cades reef, along the west coast, past Jolly Harbour and anchor off Hermitage beach for the night.

Day 11

Enjoy a relaxing last day on the water before heading back to Jolly Harbour in the afternoon.

Antigua Yacht Charter General remarks:

The marina at jolly harbour is ideally located just 30 minutes from the International airport and 20 minutes from the Island’s capital, St John.

Antigua Yacht Charter Distances:

  • Montserrat – 29nm
  • Saint kitts – 51nm
  • Dominica – 112nm
  • St lucia – 192nm
  • St Vincent – 237nm
  • Barbados – 273nm
  • Grenada – 302nm
  • Trinidad – 388nm

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