By the 1960s, classic yachts in English Harbour had begun to be chartered and captains and crews challenged each other to a race in Guadeloupe at the end of the charter season. From this informal race, Antigua Sailing Week was formed in 1967 and at that time all the yachts were classic.
History and modernity
Over the next 24 years, classic yachts were slightly outnumbered by the faster and more elegant modern racing yachts. A small number of classics still racing in 1987 found themselves grouped together in Cruising Class 3, which was not ideal for these hard-to-handle vessels. So captains Uli Pruesse and Kenny Coombs organised a meeting with other classic skippers on board Saba's beautiful schooner Aschanti and, a few rums later, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was born. The regatta has evolved into what it is today with the help of a loyal and long-standing committee and a few friends who have brought the event to prominence. In 1991 Elizabeth Meyer brought her newly refitted Endeavour and Baron Edmond Rothschild brought his 6 metre Spirit of St Kitts. CSR became the first sponsor and inaugurated the Concours d'Elegance, which then gained worldwide publicity through the subsequent sponsor, Boat International Magazine.