Nelson’s Dockyard will see increased activity over the next few weeks starting today.
The first team to cross the Atlantic in the 2019-2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is set to arrive at approximately 8 pm.
According to Yachting and Marine Officer Mr. Tanny Rose Jr., arrival times vary because of the unpredictable nature of rowing but strong winds over the past two days will undoubtably aid in a faster arrival time.
This year Talisker Whisky is up 35 teams from 27 last year with from 12 countries worldwide boasting 88 men and 15 women.
The first team comprising of four male sailors from Team fortitude will be met by Minister of Tourism Charles Fernandez along with other tourism officials.
There will be a steady buzz in the Dockyard as the participants in this year’s competition will row in consecutively after tonight’s arrival.
The eyes of the world are usually on Antigua and Barbuda at this time as scores of international media, participant families and friends gather to share in the finishing moments of the International Row Challenge at the UNESCO certified World Heritage site; Nelson’s Dockyard.
Persons can track the boats on the app YB races as they cross by typing in Talisker whisky Atlantic challenge 2019.
Although Antigua and Barbuda has no official representatives in this year’s race, the contributions made by Team Wadadli, Team Antigua, and Team Island Girls are forever etched in the annals of the race’s history.