2014 was a year to note for Desiderata and her competitive crew. The classic yacht excelled in the big seas and strong winds that characterised the racing during this regatta. The conditions were perfect, and “Desi” surpassed herself proving to all that she is an ocean racing yacht to contend with.
Tommy Patterson, manager of Antigua Yacht Club Marina, skilfully manned the helm steering her to success. Desiderata won 1st in class and 1st in fleet. Alongside Tommy, the competitive crew, with big smiles on their faces, worked diligently to gain three guns out of a possible four.
Stuart and Julia led the mixed crew, who ranged from novice through to experienced racers. The brisk tradewinds ensured on-water thrills for the team and the salt-encrusted crew stepped off “Desi” each day drenched but beaming. Antigua holds one of the best classic yacht regattas, not just for the courses and conditions, but for the camaraderie and sheer fun of it all. See more photos from Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta here.
“We come here because it is the best classic regatta in the world. Two of our crew have never been here before and out there today, looking at all those boats, they were gobsmacked with the beauty of the fantastic boats and winning was just the cherry on the top.”
John Alden would be proud to see his Malabar XIII design still making waves on the regatta circuit today. Next up for Desiderata and her lucky crew… the Panerai Transat Classique 2015! There are only two crew places left available so get in touch with Stuart and Julia today to ensure your place on the fun loving team.