Great Racing, Big Bands and Plenty of Fun

JHYC 2016 Valentine's Regatta
February 12 – 16, 2016


Three days of competitive racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta starts on Saturday 13th February. (Photo credit: © Jody Sallons-Day )

With fun dinghy racing for all the family, three days of competitive round the cans keel boat racing plus a new offshore race featuring one of the world's fastest multihulls, the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta is the place to be in Antigua this weekend. The fun continues ashore for everybody, with top live acts and a vibrant party scene supported by Mount Gay Rum and Banks Beer. The Square at West Point Bar is open to the public with a Happy Hour each evening to get the party started.

Fun for all the family in the Laser Pico Dinghy Regatta. (Photo credit: Kevin Johnson)

The Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta opens today, Friday 12 February, with fun races for paddle boards, canoes and Picos. Open to everybody for a small entry fee, all proceeds will go to charity. Happy Hour kicks off at 5pm prior to the Skippers' Briefing, which will be followed by the Mount Gay Red Cap Party with a disco on The Square at West Point Bar.

Three days of competitive racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta starts on Saturday 13 February with up to three races a day in the beautiful surroundings of Jolly Harbour Marina and Five Islands peninsular for the keel boats and a separate two-day Laser Pico Dinghy Regatta.

Top Antiguan Bands will be playing live in The Square every night. (Asha Otto & Itchy Feet)

Every evening after racing, The Square at West Point Bar will be party central, with a Happy Hour and free entry to the public to enjoy live music from top Antiguan bands; Spirited, Sound Citizens and Asha Otto & Itchy Feet.

The Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta Prize Giving will be held in The Square at West Point Bar with prizes to be presented by Sir Rodney Williams GCMG, the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda.

Lloyd Thornburg's record breaking MOD70, Phaedo3 (Photo Credit: Team Phaedo)

In addition to the Valentine's Regatta, a passage race to Redonda will be held on Tuesday 16 February, this will be a stand alone race, scored separately from the Valentine's Regatta. The Redonda Passage Race is designed to mirror the finish of the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, Lloyd Thornburg's record breaking MOD70, Phaedo3 has confirmed participation, alongside Christian Reynolds Grand Soleil 43, Quokka, a past winner of Antigua Sailing Week and RORC IRC National Championship. Local interest in the Redonda Race is spear-headed by Pamela Baldwin's J/122 Liquid, which will also be taking part. Entry is still open for the Redonda Race.

Race Day One -
Turquoise Treat

Three days of competitive racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta.

The first day of racing at the 2016 Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta was held in one Antigua's most beautiful locations. Five Island Harbour is renowned for its clear turquoise water and stunning coastline with rolling green hills and remote white sandy beaches.The sheltered location, just outside Jolly Harbour, produces flat water conditions but the wind oscillated sporadically during the day, with the wind speed pumping up from 15 to 20 knots. With the wind in the south, the higher hills of the west coast of Antigua produced unstable conditions and when the wind backed to the east, stability returned, as well as the wind speed whipping up to 20 knots. Three races were held for all four classes racing under the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) rating rule.

Competitive racing in CSA One


Pamala Baldwin's J/122, Liquid scored two bullets and a second to lead after the first day's racing by three points from Lucy Jones' First 40 Southern Child – Performance Charter. Jonty Layfield's J/11S Sleeper was third.

“ A fabulous day for everyone.” smiled Pamala Baldwin. “I think about the cold weather back home in New York and I just think we are all so lucky to be sailing in such a beautiful location with gorgeous weather. This is the first real regatta of the season for Liquid but we have been racing with Jolly Harbour Yacht Club for several months now. The team isn't always the same but we have been spending some time on the water and maybe that showed to day. Winning is always nice but I just love to go sailing, whether it is cruising or racing. I hope we do well tomorrow but we will enjoy it all the same.”

Spinnakers flying in Five Island Harbour


Highly competitive racing in CSA Two produced a three-way tie for the lead at the end of the first day with Geoffrey Pidduck's Six Meter, Biwi Magic, Hans Lammers Luders Yawl, Frolic and Tanner & Shari Jones' J/30 Caribbean Alliance Insurance, all taking a win to day. However after racing, Biwi Magic was disqualified from Race Two, giving Frolic a single point lead after three races from Caribbean Alliance Insurance with Biwi Magic in third. CSA Two produced the closing racing of the day with


Terry Alan's Grand Soleil 343, Volare swept to two straight victories to start the regatta in fine style but a fifth in Race 3, pegged the team back to end the day level on points with Tim Richards Chilli Chilli. Tony Sayer's First 42, Augustine had a consistent day to finish third just a point behind the joint leaders. John Wills' Sweden 42, Ocean Harmony scored two podium finished today to stay in touch with the leaders.

CSA Two was the most competitive class of the day

In the Pocket Class, Robbie Ferron's Jeanneau 20, Budget Marine Micron 99, won all three of today's races. However, Trish Webster, racing Hawk 20, Miss Bliss double handed, came close to winning the last race of the day; just 31 seconds behind on corrected time.

Trish Webster's Hawk 20, Miss Bliss.

Last night's Mount Gay Red Cap party was the start of great shoreside entertainment at Jolly Harbour Marina with competitors enjoying a taste of the world famous Mount Gay Rum with delicious canapés served by residents of the Jolly Harbour community. The party continues tonight with Curtly Ambrose (405 test wickets for West Indies) playing bass for his band Spirited in The Square at Westpoint Bar. Racing continues tomorrow with three more races scheduled for the second day of the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta.

For full results:

NOR (Notice of Race)
Val. Regatta Sailing Instructions
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