You can now find us at Antigua Slipway, right on the water, with amazing views of Nelson’s Dockyard and with La Brasserie d’Antigua on the doorstep for a cool beer after a long day training!
The Caribbean 2019 Sailing Regatta season is nearly here and Captain Arran and rest of his pro sailing team of Andy, Pete, Kyle and Ryan are busy doing the final preparations and shake down trials of our Farr 65, Spirit of Juno.
Juno is very competitive with a first in class in the Antigua and Barbados regattas in 2018 and has already started the 2018/19 season strongly winning line honours in the Nelson’s Pursuit Race on New Year’s Eve. The exciting news this season is she is stripped down and has new racing 3Di’s North sails.
Spirit of Juno Farr 65 and our match fleet of Beneteau First 40.7’s makes for thrilling and competitive, high-performance yacht racing in crystal clear waters with consistent warm trade winds. If you haven’t succumbed to the pull yet let us help you decide.
The main regatta event racing starts Fri-Sun – three days of highly competitive racing in what are usually strong breezes.
You can sail in all of the most prestigious sailing events in the 2019 Caribbean Regatta Calendar with Ondeck including Barbados Race Week, Grenada Sailing Week, RORC Caribbean 600, St Maarten Heineken Regatta, St Thomas International ,BVI Spring Regatta, Bequia Spring Regatta, Les Voiles de St Barth, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and of course Antigua Sailing Week 2019. We also have places at some of the smaller fun events such as the Round the Island Antigua.
We offer individual places on our Farr 65, Spirit of Juno, and on our Beneteau 40.7’s and we encourage first time racers to come on board.
Most of our race packages include 1 training day with the option of taking part in deliveries from and back to Antigua where applicable and building some miles.
We do have a booking system so would prefer people to book online
Ondeck Antigue Cell + 1 268 720 5313 Antigua office +1 268 562 6696If you have any questions, just EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Antigua office.
Today was our second session for one of the major cruise lines who call into St John’s. 19 of their crew who are part of the onboard fire teams were given the training to experience fighting live fires in a simulated ship environment. Lighting live fires on board the ships is clearly not possible
First for a little while as the superyaxhts come back to Antigua for the charter show. Promises to be a busy season here and many will need to do their basic safety updating. 2 days covering fire and sea survival and approved by the MCA
Cost is $525
Its been a hectic summer in the Caribbean and we apologise for the lateness of this newsletter but with two unprecedented Cat 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria it has taken a little time to get an accurate picture of the regatta programme for 2018
So the news is Antigua and the Caribbean are open
None of the major regattas have been cancelled and all have announced a normal programme of racing and events so starting with Mountgay Barbados in January and finishing with Antigua Sailing Week in May we will be racing at all of the regattas this season.
Each regatta reflects the uniqueness of each of the Caribbean islands and offer different sailing experiences often with some lengthy deliveries allowing guests to build some ocean miles
Spirit of Juno is our ‘head boat’ so prospective racers can join as individuals or small groups and offers positions for the experienced and inexperienced She had a good 2017 with new race sails and podium positions at many regattas. Joining Juno is a great way to learn the ‘racing ropes’ as well as experience the social side of many beautiful islands with mixed and very international teams.
Many regattas offer the opportunities to do the deliveries and build some miles and passages for those looking for a little extra adventure
We also have Beneteau first 40.7’s available for whole boat charter and access to a wider fleet of Grand Soleil’s, J’s and First 40’s
Dates for the regattas are as follows and include training days
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 16th – 21st January
Grenada Sailing Week 28th January to 3rd February
RORC Caribbean 600 14th – 23rd Feb
St Maarten Heineken Regatta 27th Feb – 3rd March
STIR St Thomas International Regatta 21st – 25th March
Bequia Easter Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta 27th March – 1st April
Les Voiles de St Barths 9th – 15th April
Antigua Sailing Week 27th April – 4th May
Antigua to Bermuda Race 7th May –
Next 5 year regatta schedule http://www.ondecksailing.com/pdf/Ondeck-Caribbean-Regattas-2018-2022.pdf
Most people in the marine industry will have heard of STCW which means Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping which are a set of standards agreed by the IMO International Maritime Organisation and to which most maritime nations contribute
So what is STCW 95 or STCW 10 … the number refers to the major revisions which happen every few years with minor revisions more frequently. STCW 95 followed the revisions in 1995 and similarly the year 2010 for STCW 10 which are also known as the Manilla amendments as that IMO meeting was based in manilla in the Philippines.
The most well known STCW qualification is the Basic Safety Training and is often just referred to as STCW 10 . This is a requirement for anyone working on a commercial vessel over 28m long but in reality individual countries often insist on it for smaller vessels. This applies to cruise ships, cargo vessels, superyachts, ferries and all types of commercial vessel. Continue reading STCW 10 [previously STCW 95] explained in the Caribbean
We have a busy schedule of professional and leisure courses going on over summer including MCA STCW 10 Full courses and Updates; RYA Competent crew , RYA Day Skipper theory and practical, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore theory , Powerboat Level 2; Boatmaster, own boat training , ICC as well as the introduction of engineering and Maintenance courses. More detail on http://www.ondecksailing.com
Ondeck is currently in Dominica conducting Boatmaster training for professionals in Dominica. Increasingly countries are insisting on Certification as well as experience in visiting Captains and Crew and that’s where we are helping out
This training will be followed by the STCW 10 [was STCW95] Basic Safety Training along with VHF SRC Radio certification back in Antigua
See the article below from Dominica Vibes
For more information on the Boatmaster courses go to Boatmaster
For more information on STCW 10 Training and Updating go to STCW 10
Email email@example.com for more information
We do have a very full program of professional and leisure courses every month which include learning to sail for beginners to Ocean Yachtmaster theory and exams.
Yachtmaster Offshore theory
7th – 11th April; 11th 15th May more info
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and Exam
13th – 19th April ; 18-24th may more info
RYA Ocean Theory coaching
[on demand] more info
RYA Ocean Theory course
20-22 April finishing 2nd and 3rd may more info
RYA Competent Crew
13th – 19th April; 4th – 8th may ,18th – 24th may; 25th – 29th may more info
RYA Day Skipper Practical
4th – 8th may , 25th – 29th may more info
RYA Day skipper theory
[online] anytime more info
STCW10 [was 95] Basic Safety Training
13th – 17th April more info
RYA Powerboat level 2
on demand more info
RYA SRC Radio
on demand more info
We now have the 2016 regatta calendar and are taking bookings and holding 2015 prices for bookings taken by 1st November 2015.
Mount Gay Rum. Round Barbados Sun.Jan.16th Sun Jan. 24th
Antigua Round Island Race Sun Jan 16th
Grenada Sailing Week Fri. Jan 29th Tues Feb 2nd
Jolly Hbr. Valentines Fri. Feb 12th Sun Feb 14th
RORC Carib. 600 Tues Feb 23rd Fri. Feb 26th
St. Maarten Heineken Fri. Mar.4th Sun Mar. 6th
St. Barths Bucket Tues Mar. 17th Fri. Mar. 20th
BVI.Sailing Festival Tues Mar 29th Thur. Mar. 31st
BVI Spring Regatta Fri. Apr. 1st Sun Apr. 3rd
Les Voiles de St. Barths Tues Apr. 12th. Sat Apr. 16th
Guadeloupe to Antigua Fri. Apr. 22nd
Yachting World Rnd. Antigua Sat Apr 23rd.
Antigua Sailing Week Sun Apr. 24th Fri. Apr. 29th