260 Competitors, 65 Countries, 1 Championship
260 COMPETITORS, 65 COUNTRIES, 1 CHAMPIONSHIP
Photo: © Optimist World Championship

Catch the spectacular display of colourful flags, fireworks and live performances at the momentous cultural Opening Parade of the 2019 Optimist World Championship on Sunday, the 7th of July.

Around 260 sailors from 65 nations including Antigua are set to patriotically parade their flags through the streets of English Harbour. Meet at 5pm at the National Sailing Academy (NSA) and move off at 5:15pm to Nelson's Dockyard for the grand opening ceremony at 6pm with performances by the National Youth Choir and Asher Otto with Tizzy. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early for parking. 

Racing starts at 11am daily from Monday, 8th to 15th of July. Reserve a spot aboard Wadadli Cats, the official spectators’ boat for a close-up view of all the racing action. Or get a front-row view at Nelson’s Dockyard, Fort Berkeley, Fort Charlotte, and the headlands around Shirley Heights.

'LIKE' Optiworld Antigua Facebook page for updates and check out What's On.
OPEN FOR SUMMER ...
WORLD-CLASS DINING, COCKTAILS & COMFORT FOOD FOR CHAMPIONS
Here's where to dine in close proximity to the 2019 Optimist World Championship: 
Bar-B'sBoom, Captain's Quarters, Catherine's CafeClub HouseCopper & Lumber, Flatties, Hot Spot CafeIncantoIsland Fusion, Life on the Corner, The Reef (photo), The MoxyPillarsSeabreezeShirley Heights Lookout, South Point, La Brasserie and Trappas.
SHOP LOCAL ART & MORE
A must-visit is the Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery on Dockyard Drive in English Harbour. The Gallery is open daily from July 5th-19th, 3-5pm with stunning artwork on display, Nancy's signature blue pottery and fine handcrafted jewellery and more.
WHAT'S HOT THIS WEEK
COUNTDOWN TO ANTIGUA CARNIVAL
Get ready for the 62nd edition of Antigua Carnival, with the Opening Parade on July 25th. T-Shirt Mas on July 27th, followed by a full week of events and competitions culminating with J'ouvert and Last Lap on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, August 5th and 6th respectively.
THURSDAY
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PASTA BUFFET
Savour the tastiest meat, vegetarian and fish pastas with sides, EC$50 at Al Porto
BURGERS BY THE DOCK
Delightful certified Angus burgers with various sides, 7pm at The Crow's Nest
FRIDAY
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Sign up the kids 3-16 years for classes at the Spring Gardens Moravian Church
BEACHLIMERZ WEEKEND
Music by Tammy & The Explosive Band tonight, and DJ Irish on Saturday at 8pm
CULINARY & BARTENDING CONTEST
Stay tuned to see who will win The National Culinary Competition at ABHI
JACK’S TABLE X ROCKS BOX
A magical evening with a bespoke wine pairing menu from 6pm at Catherine's
SIGNATURE SOCA BOAT CRUISE
Hop aboard and cruise for a cause with Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown, 7pm
SPIRITED BAND
EC$5 beers, wine, cocktail specials, and live music from 10:30pm at King's Casino
SATURDAY
EAT, WRITE & CHILL WORKSHOP
Join the workshop sessions with lunch & refreshments, 8:30am at Cedars Pottery
PAAWS BINGO FUNDRAISER
Win dinner for 2, a Stingray City gift certificate and more from 7pm at Al Porto
ITALIAN DINNER NIGHT
Book dinner for 2, or relax with family and friends over a sumptuous meal at Pillars
DINNER & LIVE BAND MUSIC
Savour a tasty meal, great drinks & dance to music by The Strays at The Moxy
SUNDAY
CYCLE RACES
Cheer on your favourite riders in the Robert Peters 2-Stage Race, 7am & 3pm
SAIL AWAY SUNDAYS
Spend the day out on the water and on the beach with BBQ lunch and open bar
FLAMING IN THE FUTURE
TACO NIGHT
Savour delicious chicken or fish tacos & EC$15 Margaritas on 9/7 at Castaways
CARIBBEAN NIGHT WITH LIVE MUSIC
Enjoy a variety of delicious local flavours and live steel pan music on 10/7 at Pillars
ODI CRICKET MATCHES
Watch the West Indies and India A teams in the action-packed 1st ODI on 11/7
20% OFF JERK COOKING CLASS
Sign up now and learn how to work with jerk seasoning on 12/7 at Nicole's Table
SIZZLING SPECIALS
CALLING ALL CRICKET FANS
Enter Cricket West Indies contest to win an autographed WI World Cup jersey
“WIN WID YUH CREW” PROMOTION
Enter your crew to win an all-inclusive luxury weekend and cash from FLOW
TOURS & TRIPS
EXCELLENCE
Book a circumnavigation tour or day trip to Barbuda on this 82' power catamaran
ISLAND SAFARI
Enjoy a day exploring enthralling places in a comfortable 4x4 Land Rover jeep
THE LATEST
NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown new board members for 2019/2020
CULINARY COMPETITION
Two top chefs will represent the island at the Nevis Mango & Food Festival contest
CHIC AND VIBRANT STYLES
Look good this summer with eye-catching outfits and accessories from Cattleya
ABTA WELCOMES VISITORS
CEO Colin C. James welcomed visitors already on island for the championship
PARTY MONARCH SEMI-FINALISTS
Check out the artistes who qualified in the Groovy & Jumpy segments of the contest
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
The Cushion Club is on a break and is challenging youths to keep reading
TROPICAL ADVENTURES
Book the most amazing land and sea excursions with this tour operator
COCOBAY RESORT
Enjoy your honeymoon or next holiday at this all-inclusive, adult-only beach resort
CONSOLIDATED MARITIME SHIPPING
Ship containers from South and Central America, the USA, and other countries
DARKWOOD BEACH BAR
Spend the day swimming and lounging beach-side here with tasty food & drinks
KEEP ANTIGUA NICE
CLOSED SEASON
It's closed season for Conch & Chub (Parrotfish). It is illegal to collect or consume during this time. Please report any illegal activity to the Fisheries Division on (268) 462-1372.
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