Classic Yachts Come in Many Shapes & Sizes

The yachts participating in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta come in all shapes and sizes, but without doubt some of the most distinctive are the Carriacou sloops. These traditional ships are built on the beach in Carriacou, a tiny island in the Grenadines, and were used for fishing and for carrying cargo — including contraband that was loaded in St. Barthelemy and transported elsewhere. Their presence among the other classic yachts in Antigua is both appreciated and cherished by all in attendance at the regatta.

Alexis Andrews, a Greek filmmaker who purchased an old Carriacou sloop in 1997, is creating a full-length film about these traditional ships and the men who built them. Through a collection of dramatic sailing scenes, rare archival footage, and unprecedented interviews with the last old, Caribbean Sea Captains, Vanishing Sail seeks to preserve the legacy of boatbuilding in the Grenadines, first introduced by Scottish settlers in the 19th century. Judging by the trailer that he has created, Andrews’ film will rank among the greats of all sailing cinema.

For more information about Andrews’ film, including ways to support the project, click here.