Caribbean Regattas 2023

We are looking forward to the 2023 Caribbean Regattas series and the relaxation of many of the protocols allowing easier entry by air or sea … this should also make the deliveries between the islands more attractive for those looking to build some miles and passages on board 

Spirit of Juno, our Farr 65 comes with new sails … a No 3 and No 4 from North Sails added to the North 3Di mainsail which will resolve the early season challenges from 2022. Fabian Kundig joins us again from Switzerland for the Barbados, Grenada and Caribbean 600 events along with David Hanks, a very experienced skipper and RYA Instructor from Ireland. 

Individual and small group places are available still for all of the regattas on Juno

We also have a Beneteau 36.7 called Blueprint available for all of the regattas [now sold for ASW 23] on a whole boat charter basis. She should be very competitive

There are a couple of changes to the regatta formats most notably the creation of a race series for the RORC Caribbean 600  14th, 15th Feb will be inshore racing ; 16th is Lay day and then 17th the 360 Round Antigua Race. The main event starts on the 20th . At this stage we plan to race the full series and will have to rejig our usual training programme

2023 also sees the return of the Antigua to Bermuda Race . The Barbados Sailing Week also sees an extra day of racing

Our Caribbean Regatta schedule is ….

Barbados Sailing Week 17th -22nd Jan

Grenada Sailing Week 28th Jan – 3rd Feb 

[Antigua to Barbados to Grenada to Antigua circuit including regattas 14th Jan – 7th Feb]

RORC Caribbean 600 13th – 24th Feb 

St Maarten Heineken 1st – 5th March

STIR St Thomas 22nd – 26th March 

BVI Spring Regatta 27th March – 2nd April

Les Voiles de St Barths 16th – 22nd April 

Antigua Sailing Week 28th April – 5th May 

Antigua to Bermuda Race 9th May 

The dates above are for the events and include a training day. Deliveries to and from the regattas are available for a small charge 

Contact peter@ondecksailing or vist to book 

STCW Updating this week 

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 

Ondeck Maritime Training in Dominica and Eastern Caribbean

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

Boatmaster & STCW 10 Training in Dominica

For more information on the Boatmaster courses go to Boatmaster

For more information on STCW 10 Training and Updating go to STCW 10

Email for more information

Success for Yachtmaster Offshore candidates

We had three early season wins  for Mike Horn, Mathieu Bre and Iain McConnachie who all successfully passed their Yachtmaster Offshore exams. Mike and Mathieu had sailed in their aluminium exploration yacht, Pangaea and livened up the harbour with some of the ‘Boys Own’ exploration stories and a few beers. For those that haven’ t heard of Mike’s exploits have a look at as it defies any description I could give. 

Plenty of courses coming up for those that are interested

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