Antigua to Bermuda Race May 2017

Antigua to Bermuda Race May 2017

We will be running Spirit of Juno a Farr 65 in the race from Antigua to Bermuda starting 12th May 2017.
Cost is £1875 (with early booking discount £1750) for 2 week package including on board accom alongside in falmouth harbour during training.
This new race is timed just before the Americas Cup, at 900NM it is a serious race and we expect a variety of conditions and warm water.

Like other classic races there are several options for sailors wishing to just join a team for one race. We are quite a bit different from the rest here is why…

1) the Yacht, Spirit of Juno is a Farr 65 that has raced round the World, if we do get a gale it is the right yacht to be on. In 2016 we were the first ‘Sea School’ yacht home in the Caribbean 600 when about 30% of the others retired.

2) the crew, Skipper is once again Paul Jackson an Ocean Yachtmaster and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor plus ISAF Instructor. With over 90,000 miles he has been part of winning teams for the Sydney Hobart, Round Ireland, Lord Howe Island and UK 3 Peaks Yacht Race.
With even more silverware than the skipper we welcome Pete Fletcher ‘ Fletch’ to the Team. Fletch has won his class in the C600 plus other major races. With over 100,000 miles of offshore racing including 29 Sydney to Hobarts he is rather more than the ‘professional mate’ than other companies offer.
Zoe Leffler joins us from Oz, she has worked on Challenge RTW yachts and has several Sydney Hobarts included in her 30,000+ miles of experience. She has sailed yachts up to 175foot plus tall ships and speaks Swedish, French and English fluently.
Doctor Paul Mara is our Navigator, amongst his considerable sailing experience is having navigated the 66 foot Helsal 3 to Divisional Line Honours, First in Class and First Tasmanian yacht home in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart.
3) The training we give is more comprehensive and all 4 Official Crew are committed. Our objectives are to safely complete the race, enjoy ourselves, plus do as well as we can. Spirit of Juno is a comparatively easy yacht to race and with new sails for 2017 plus revised IRC we are not only looking to again be the first ‘Sea School’ Yacht home but to pick up some silverware as well.

time to drop the kite

4) Our package is better than others; we include 2 weeks of on board accommodation. Juno is built to carry 19 but we only race with 16 so there is more space for everyone, before, during and after the Race. Before the race we are berthed alongside in the Marina next to the Yacht Club which is the centre for the social action for which the race is famous. We can do this because OnDeck is based in Antigua and have an unmatched ability to make things happen; in the Caribbean this really does matter, you won’t have to haul up and drop the anchor every time we go training or walk 20 minutes round to the Club.
Hopefully our differences from the rest are becoming clear; Paul, the skipper, really does want everyone to thoroughly enjoy their whole experience with us. In 2016 all but one of the team had either raced with him before or had come from a recommendation from someone who had. Last year we had a team BBQ and meals out, we can’t guarantee these as some of the team bring partners and stay ashore before the race making things a bit harder to organise.

The package
Join Saturday 6th May with training starting on Sunday with the race starting on Friday. We should be in comfortably in time for the Prize giving party in Bermuda. Leave Spirit of Juno on Sunday 21st May or earlier if you wish. Cost is £1875 with saving of £125 for early sign up.