The initial race of the Antigua Sailing Week is a warm-up event, a race from Deshaies on Guadeloupe to Antigua, which allows the many boats coming to the regatta from the south to make the best of the passage that they would have to do in any case. I joined the team at the lookout point above the Pillars of Hercules at the remains of Fort Charlotte, enjoying the view of boats coming in from Guadeloupe as well as some of the other regatta participants practicing their moves out at sea. There is a big tree offering shade as well as a bench (which supports not only the paperwork for the Regatta but a large amount of food and drink) and this year it was a lot easier as there was an accurate list of boats that had both registered and started that morning.
The boats also finished in good time so the work was over just after lunch and while the others returned to their duties at the Regatta office I headed up the hill on the “Carpenter Rock Trail” up from Fort Charlotte to Shirley Heights, a trail which winds up and down along the stark and rugged cliffs of the coastline. It was a good walk up (made easy by white dots painted on rocks whenever there might be any doubt as to which way to walk) and then I took the “Lookout Trail” back down to Galleon Beach and from there the water taxi took me to Nelson's Dockyard.
After the prize giving and several cold beverages with our committee boat's team I returned to Zanshin for dinner and later returned ashore but found myself tired from the walk and quickly headed back to the boat to sleep.


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Antigua Sailing Week 2017 logo

Nelson's Dockyard Capstan A capstan used to careen boats
(2017-04-28 11:17:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Nelson's Dockyard Capstan
Flowering Century plant at Fort Charlotte The tip of a flowering Century Plant peeks above the Fort Charlotte lookout point
(2017-04-28 13:40:02 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
Flowering Century plant at Fort Charlotte
Cliffside path The path up from Fort Charlotte to Shirley heights winds along the cliffs
(2017-04-28 14:16:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Cliffside path
Budding Turk's Head cactus A budding Turk's Head cactus on the rugged Antigua cliffside
(2017-04-28 14:26:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Budding Turk's Head cactus
Coastline on Antigua The entrance to English Harbour is just past the next promontory but the coastline looks daunting
(2017-04-28 14:16:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Coastline on Antigua
Shirley Heights graveyard marker A monument to lives lost hidden away from the beaten path at Shirley Heights
(2017-04-28 14:39:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Shirley Heights graveyard marker
Rocky Antigua Coastline Waves crash on the exposed rocky cliffs of Antigua's coast
(2017-04-28 14:25:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Rocky Antigua Coastline
Shirley Heights vista Taken along the path going down to Galleon Beach from Shirley heights, this photo shows English Harbour in the middle distance and Falmouth Harbour in the far distance
(2017-04-28 14:46:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Shirley Heights vista
Shirley Heights Cliffs The long walk from Galleon Beach up to Shirley Heights winds up and down the cliffside
(2017-04-28 14:26:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Shirley Heights Cliffs
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