Organisers of the Caribbean’s greatest regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, are now announcing an event tagged “Sailing Week Sunday.”
Earlier this year, organisers said the week-long annual event would not be held his year – for the second consecutive year – due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, in a press release, organisers say the alternative event will be held virtually through telecoms provider APUA Inet.
“A virtual event with stories, interviews and entertainment transmitting from Antigua on April 25, 2021,” is how the organisers describe the event.
The two-hour programme will see performances by Claudette “CP” Peters, Tian Winter, the ASW entertainers 1761 degrees. and Asher Otto & Itchy Feet. It aims to connect with residents and the diaspora and reconnect with an audience of longtime supporters and participants of the annual event.
Those who log in to be a part of the event will have an opportunity to win one of two trips to be guests at the Carlisle Bay resort for four nights.
The event is meant to build momentum for what they believe will certainly be a bumper year in 2022.
Event Manager Rana Lewis says the cancellation of Sailing Week created a void in 2020, and therefore the managers had to rely on social-media flashbacks from previous years to maintain visibility and a spot on the calendar.
Lewis says there was a need to interact with the “worldwide audience in a festive manner while sharing the highlights of racing in Antigua & Barbuda.”
Colin James, the CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, which has partnered with Antigua Sailing Week, says the event plays an important role within the yachting pillar of the country’s tourism marketing strategy.