Caribbean Race Charters
You needn’t be a local or sail your own boat down to the islands to race in the typically warm and steady - well, yeah, sometimes blustery - trade winds of a Caribbean regatta and chill out further at the always maxi parties. Three big annual events in March and April - the St. Martin Heineken Regatta, the BVI Spring Regatta, and Stanford Antigua Sailing Week - have nonspinnaker charter divisions and the best (but not the only) access to a racing charter. Don’t tarry; you could easily miss the boat.
The race packages offered by The Moorings and Sunsail for the Heineken, BVI Spring, and Antigua regattas include entry fees, boat prep and measurement, a prerace briefing, and a race support staff. With all charter companies, expect to leave a higher (refundable) security deposit and, most likely, a larger (nonrefundable) yacht damage waiver fee.
Start your search for a regatta any time of year at caribbeancompass.com/Caribbean_regattas09.htm or at caribbeanracing.com. Or cruise the Web sites of the events listed below, in order of appearance. All dates shown are 2009.
Ondeck Racing has all sorts of programs, from a whole skippered or bare boat to a spot on a crewed boat, for most of the regattas listed here. Check them out at ondeckoceanracing.com.
A fleet of 10 identical Dragons will get their own start at Antigua Sailing Week. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in chartering one.
Ambition Sailing books berths on a variety of boats for the Grenada, Tobago, Heineken, BVI, and Antigua events. ambitionsailing.com
Joining GOCREW.net is free; members can post requests for crew spots or crew wanted.