Monday 1st July, 2019-The CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has welcomed the Optimist World Dinghy Championship to Antigua, saying the event is expected to provide a much-needed boost for the country during the shoulder season.
Colin James, speaking at a media launch for the event held earlier today, said Antigua and Barbuda is truly the Mecca of Caribbean Sailing, adding the spectacular sailing conditions, 1st class facilities, ease of air access and a host of talented and skilled sailing professionals are all the ingredients needed for a successful competition.
The Optimist World Dinghy Championship will be held from July 6 – July 16, 2019 and will see young sailors between the ages of 10 – 15 years, competing in the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Sixty five countries including Antigua and Barbuda are registered to participate.
The Tourism Authority CEO welcomed visitors already on-island for the championships and extended well-wishes to the young sailors.
An opening ceremony will be held on 7th July, 2019 with the parade of flags from Falmouth to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour followed by cultural performances, complete with a firework display at the Dockyard.
The races can be viewed from Monday July 8, at 11 a.m. from various vantage points within the community to include Shirley Heights and Fort Berkley or can follow the race on board Wadadli Cats, the Official Spectator Boat.