It’s about two month’s until Pandora and other participants in the Salty Dawg Rally make landfall in Antigua, a 1,500 mile run from our departure point in Hampton VA.
Even since the rally board decided to change the destination from the BVIs that were so badly damaged by Irma, I have been hard at work, as the official “port captain” lucky me… contacting businesses in Antigua with the goal of making sure that the “Dawgs” feel at home in Antigua and will want to make the additional 95 miles and join us there in November.
Setting aside the wonderful island, Antigua also is at the top of what some say is the “beginning of the real Caribbean” with beautiful lush islands to the south that are close with each an easy day sail to the next. That’s in contrast to the nearly 100 mile stretch from the BVIs to St Martin, directly into the wind. From Antigua south it’s easy trade wind sailing.
Brenda and I just loved visiting there last year aboard Pandora for nearly a month and really got a great feel for all that Antigua has to offer. We enjoyed our time there and look forward to returning this November.
One of the most important events of the rally is the arrival dinner and I am thrilled to have worked out plans with The Admiral’s Inn restaurant and pool facility in English Harbor to have a barbecue at their poolside restaurant Boom. The price is right and of course, specials on drinks for us are planned.
I can’t think of a better spot to celebrate with friends after arriving from a 1,500 mile voyage.Boom has an infinity pool overlooking the main building of the Admiral’s Inn. With a beautiful infinity pool. The main buildings really comes alive at night with beautiful lighting. And speaking of night, the Inn is extending special discounted rooms for crew and skippers who might want a little shore time after the long trip south. We also will enjoy the hospitality of the Antigua Yacht Club in Falmouth Harbor. I have been in touch with them and they will be hosting a “meet and greet” with local marine businesses that can help solve any problems that our members may have encountered on the trip south.
They even have a fleet of small boats and they have offered to host a regatta for the group. Perhaps we can have Salty Dawg Challenge race in the harbor. That would be fun. The view of all the “big boys” in the nearby marina makes for a wonderful sight at night. This is a remarkable place indeed. We also expect to have a wine tasting at a very nice local wine market overlooking the harbor. Brenda and I participated in a lovely evening last winter and I am sure that our fleet will enjoy it too. It will be hosted by Cork and Basket.
I am very excited about what’s in store for the fleet as they arrive. And, it’s going to be a great group with about 70 boats signed up to make the run to Antigua.
Yes, Antigua beckons and they really want us to visit. I’m excited to catch up again with all the other Dawgs and to join them for one of those not-so-rare happy hours. Did someone say “special prices on rum punch”?Perhaps best of all, it’s nice to know that we will be welcomed in Antigua, as it’s been pretty easy to find businesses that really want to have us visit.
Oh yeah. Want to join us? It’s not too late. Just follow this link to sign up now. I promise, it will be the best $200 you ever spent.
See you in Antigua? I hope so.