The sight of the mixed fleet departing for the 900 nautical mile race will be nothing short of spectacular for those lucky enough to be in Fort Charlotte. The variety of the fleet shows that the race has a wide appeal with the likes of professional offshore racers, ocean going cruisers, round the world racing yachts, high performance multi hulls, as well as classic designs.
One of the first yachts to enter the Antigua Bermuda Race was Spirit of Bermuda and there is more than meets the eye to the 112ft three-masted schooner. Just a couple of weeks before the start of the Antigua Bermuda Race, Spirit of Bermuda was racing with the giants at Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Spirit of Bermuda got the better of the 141ft (43m) Columbia and gave the professional crew on the 210ft (64m) Adix a run for their money.
The latest entry to the Antigua Bermuda Race is the beautiful classic Bermudian yawl, Mariella, skippered by owner, Carlo Falcone. The 80ft (24m) Alfred Mylne-designed ketch was built entirely from wood by the legendary William Fife & Son yard in Scotland in 1938 and was lovingly restored by Carlo after being badly damaged in a hurricane. Mariella is now in fantastic condition and on top form having secured overall victory in the recent Panerai Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.
All the entrants will have a YB tracker installed before setting off to the start line. They will collect and transmit data, via the Iridium satellite network, to YB HQ servers. From there the data is visualised to our race player. This gives friends, family and international supporters the chance to follow the fleet as they race towards Bermuda.
For more information please visit the race website