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13 September 2005, 04:25 pm
Rolex Becomes Title Sponsor Of Antigua Sailing Week
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Rolex Antigua Sailing Week 2006
St. John's, Antigua

The Antigua Hotel and Tourist Association (AHTA) and Rolex have joined forces in a move that will see Rolex become the title sponsor of its annual Antigua Sailing Week. The Rolex Antigua Sailing Week, due for it's 39th running from Sunday 30 April through to Saturday 6 May 2006 joins another Rolex-sponsored Caribbean favourite, the International Rolex Regatta, which Rolex has backed for 33 years.

'For decades, Rolex has had a prominent profile in the sailing world among racing enthusiasts,' said Neil FORRESTER, General Manager of AHTA and Chairman for Rolex Antigua Sailing Week, 'and we are excited about the opportunities that this partnership will allow us. As the 'Grandaddy' of regattas in the Caribbean, we offer some of the best sailing conditions in the world at one of the most beautiful venues. Rolex brings its well known touch of excellence to the mix.'

FORRESTER added that Rolex Antigua Sailing Week has evolved from a regatta for local yachtsmen to an international event that spans five racing days, with an additional Bareboat Championship Race on a sixth day. It attracts an average of 200 yachts, over 1,500 participants, 5,000 spectators and some of the biggest, fastest and most impressive sailing yachts in the world, packed with Olympic, America's Cup and Around the World sailors.

For 2006, A Division will consist of Racing, Big Boat and Racer/Cruiser (with spinnaker) classes, while B Division will consist of Performance Cruiser (Spinnaker), Cruiser and Bareboat classes. The action takes place on the sheltered waters of the Caribbean as well as in the large 'rollers' of the Atlantic Ocean. The racing agenda for A division includes a complete circumnavigation of the island, with scenic layovers on Antigua's south and west coasts, including Dickenson Bay and Jolly and Falmouth Harbours.

The three day International Rolex Regatta, hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club from 24-26 March precedes Rolex Antigua Sailing Week as one of the early regattas in an ambitious and highly anticipated Caribbean racing season.

Barby MacGowan (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action fom the 2002 Rolex Antigua Sailing Week:© Daniel Forster/Rolex
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