Jun 08 » CULTURAL PARADE

CULTURAL PARADE: OPTINAM 2016

Hundreds of young sailors will have their skills tested in the waters outside historic Nelson’s Dockyard, when the Optimists North American Championships, the biggest youth racing class in the World, returns to Antigua and Barbuda, the sailing Capital of the Caribbean. The event which is exclusively for sailors ages 8 – 15 begins on July 10 and runs until July 18.

Last year, the destination welcomed 165 serious competitors from 23 countries as far as New Zealand, Japan and Singapore.

We held a grand opening ceremony, complete with cultural presentations from the National Youth Choir, the Urlings Iron Band, Shiva Dancers, Beautiful People, Vitus Cultural Dancers, Mr. Moves and feature performer Tizzy, that closed off the show with a huge firework display.

This year we will once again welcome the competitors with a Carnival themed opening ceremony. The event is a great mood-setter for the 60th Carnival celebrations. We would like to encourage the Festivals Commission to highlight the activity, as one which persons in Antigua, looking to experience the carnival vibes, prior to the Opening can come out to – as you have been doing with your various Carnival stops.

Please see below the event details. Thank you for your support in getting the word out on this event.

What: LARGE CULTURAL PARADE

When: Sunday 10th July

What time: 6 PM

Where: From Falmouth Harbour to Nelson's Dockyard

Photos © Matías Capizzano: http://www.capizzano.com/optinam-2016/

Event contact email address: amneris.calle@gmail.com, opticlass@yachtclub.ag

ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The SEABOARD MARINE Optimist North American Championship 2016 is organised by the Antigua Yacht Club under the authority of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA). The venue is Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour and it takes place from July 10th to July 18th. Entries are still open and it is expected to have +160 participants from more than 15 countries. Already entered: Argentina, Antigua, Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Peru, USA, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Mexico.

For a programme, click here.

Major Sponsor: SEABOARD MARINE

Other Sponsors: Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort, The Catamaran Hotel, National Parks Antigua, Oasis, Pinehill, Antigua Pro Racing, Club Sushi, Brydens and Yao.

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The organisers of the Optimist North American Championship 2016 together with the Antigua Yacht Club wish to thank the following for their support, donations and contributions without which these championships would not be happening.