Best Sailing Months: November to May but year round sailing is on offer
Prevailing Wind: Northeast to south-east
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands.
Antigua boasts a coastline of safe anchorages and harbours and a nearly unbroken coral reef. In 1784 Admiral Nelson sailed to Antigua and Great Britain’s most important base in the Caribbean was created.
The Antigua Classics Week each April is a highlight of the sailing year.
Turquoise waters, tiny islands to explore and larger ones to make passages to, nautical history and the sailing hub in the Caribbean make this little island a gem of a place to learn to sail. Barbuda is only a day’s sail away. Its Frigate Bird sanctuary and coral pink beaches will delight you and if you are here at the right time of year you may even see a hump back whale breaching. Known for its 365 sandy beaches, its own beer, and Nelsons Dockyard, you will want to make time to see the island.
December to May are the cruising months here in Antigua but you will still find plenty of people out sailing for fun or on courses in the hurricane season which are June to November. With advanced warning systems and hurricane plans in place, even if one does head this way you will have time to prepare. There are year round sunshine and hot breezes.