It's all systems go in Antigua! Not only will the show go on but they are planning for one of the busiest winters on record. The long-time sailing hub of the Caribbean - unscathed by either of the category five hurricanes that tore through the region in September - is already welcoming superyachts in preparation for the upcoming season.
Antigua is now using its prime geographical location to assist hurricane-hit neighbours, including its badly damaged sister isle of Barbuda. The luxurious 150ft yacht Grey Matters made her sleek entrance laden with relief supplies for nearby islands.
The season will kick off in mid November, with the seventh annual Salty Dawg Fall Rally, usually hosted in the BVIs, taking place for the first time in the Historic Nelson's Dockyard.
Meanwhile, more than 70 of the globe's most luxurious boats have already signed up for December's 56th annual Charter Yacht Show. Registrations are ongoing for this esteemed event, the oldest and largest industry meeting for charter yachts and brokers. Proceeds from the 2017 show will go towards direct rebuilding assistance for Barbudans who lost their homes, via its charitable arm, and will be boosted by a fundraiser being held during the week of activities.
Plans are also progressing for the rest of the highly anticipated events held in Antigua each year, including the Superyacht Challenge, the 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, and the 51st Sailing Week.
From carpentry, varnishing and sail-making, to engineering, provisioning and chandleries, all of the first-class facilities that made Antigua's name are fully functioning and open for business. This year will also see the exciting addition of a new duty-free area in English Harbour. With a wealth of acclaimed hotels and villas, restaurants and bars to add to the mix, Antigua is rigged up and ready to go.