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17 April 2003, 10:31 am
Dreaming Of A Classic
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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, which precedes Antigua Race Week, attracts some of the world's most beautiful and impressive classic yachts.
The objective of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is to encourage owners and crews of classic and traditional yachts to sail alongside each other on courses designed to be without the tight quarters of other events, so that racing is fun and safe for hard-to-manage and older vessels. The emphasis is on sailing together rather than on racing, as well as on the enjoyment of the ideal conditions of the Caribbean Sea.

Racing starts tomorrow, Friday 18 April, through until Tuesday 22 April, with other events taking place including the "Concours d'Elegance" and "Classic Yacht Parade".

Concours d'Elegance
For the Concours d'Elegance, there are two categories: best professionally-maintained yacht and best privately-maintained yacht, with winners in five divisions; Traditional: vessels built as work boats, Vintage: vessels older than 50 years, Classic: vessels older than 25 years, Spirit of Tradition: which is for vessels younger than 25 years and Classic Motor Yachts.

The sponsors of the Concours d'Elegance, Boat International, are looking for yachts that achieve their "personal best." While the appeal of classic yachts is caught up with aesthetics, sailing performance, a sense of history and timelessness, the most profound draw to classics is something intangible.

Spirit of Tradition Class
The Spirit of Tradition Class was established for recently built vessels that have been built along 'classic' lines using modern techniques and materials. Yachts in this class must have a 'look' that is true to a traditional design and must demonstrate excellent craftsmanship and tradition both on deck and in the hull.

They may, however have modern underbodies and appendages, and use modern technology in their rigs. The Organising Committee does not seek a large number of entries for this class. Rather, we seek yachts that are exceptional, and those whose owners have gone the extraordinary lengths to ensure that their vessel maintains the beauty and lines characteristic of fine yachts built in the past.

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Truly Classic has been to the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta many times and is the epitome of a "Spirit of Tradition" yacht. Designed by Andre Hoek and built by Klass Bood in 1994, this 64-ft. cutter-rigged sloop won 1st place in Spirit of Tradition B in 200.

Tall Ships
Racing will be held for the Tall Ships on Saturday 19 April and Sunday 20 April, with two races scheduled.
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