Young sailors make a splash with royalty

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Prince Andrew and Sophie pose with winners of the platinum jubilee regatta, Shanae Jervier and Emerald Thomas (Photo by Edwin Gifford)
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Some of the country’s finest up and coming young sailors got the chance to display their skills before royalty yesterday when the Earl and Countess of Wessex paid a visit to the National Sailing Academy.

Prince Edward and Sophie were treated to a display of animated races in the nation’s yachting hub of English Harbour.

The academy’s celebrated Sailability programme – which enables differently-abled youngsters to enjoy the thrill of the sport – was also highlighted.

The royal couple met with organisers of Antigua Sailing Week – now just days away from kicking off its 53rd edition – along with the intrepid crew of the country’s four teams which have represented Antigua and Barbuda in the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. 

The area’s historical past also came under the spotlight with a feature on the National Parks Authority’s ‘8th of March’ project, which aims to uncover the names of the enslaved Africans who built the Antigua Naval Dockyard.

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