Volcanic Ash Cloud Causes Postponement of Antigua Sailing Week.

Antigua Sailing Week has been having a hard time in recent years. Hit hard by loss of major sponsors and the Global Financial Crisis in 2009, the event is now a victim of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe. The 43rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week, was to take place from 24-30 April, but organisers have had to postpone the start of racing due to many competitors being stuck in Europe due to the closure of airspace.

A statement on the official website says:

“With many of our participants stranded in Europe due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, we have had to postpone the first day of racing which had been scheduled for Saturday, 24 April. It is hoped to reschedule these races later in the week. The race for Sunday, 25 April will go ahead as scheduled.”

Antigua Sailing Week draws an international entry list, with yachts like such as Niklas Zennstrom’s 72-footer Ran, Ron O’Hanley’s Farr/Cookson 50 Privateer, Tom Hill’s custom Reichel/Pugh 75 Titan 15, and Austin Fragomen’s JV TP52 Interlodge scheduled to compete in the event.

After the sudden loss of major sponsor Stanford Bank, the event was run in a cut-down form in 2009. Sponsors for the 2010 edition include Leinelder, a Munich-based  jewellery company.