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Lou and Mike Grignon made the best of Antigua’s Sailing Week

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Lou and Mike Grignon went to savor their success in last August’s Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta last week with an all-expenses paid trip along with their families to the twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean Sea.

Fortune favors the brave and the Grignon brothers onboard their 27-foot, Tartan Marine-made Pride 270 were victorious last August in the second annual Hamptons Regatta. The grand prize was a trip for seven aboard American Airlines, with accommodation for seven nights at a four-star hotel and a charter boat to compete in the 47th Annual Antigua Sailing Week, which took place from April 26 through May 2.

Antigua Sailing Week began in 1968 when a group of friends got together to hold a regatta.  A number of the friends were hoteliers and part of their objective in creating the regatta was to extend the winter season by getting people to stay in Antigua a little longer – or to come specifically to participate in the event which would in turn extend the end of the current season. Since then, the event continued to remain strong for many years to come and nowadays it is one of the Caribbean’s most renowned regattas.

‘I got the opportunity to spend 10 days among the people of Antigua and their racing circuit and it was the most spectacular vacation of my life,’ said Lou Grignon, the owner of the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard who was delighted by the sailing, the sun and the welcome they received and brought along his wife, Patty, and his two daughters, Elizabeth and Camille.

‘Thanks to John Maginley for the race he put on in Sag Harbor and for the professional way it was run,’ Grignon added, referring to Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. ‘Thanks to Minister Maginley for his hard work and his professionalism and to the people of Antigua for welcoming us to their community.’

Sailing onboard Voilactus, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44, the Grignons raced for five days and “got better and better every day,” according to Lou Grignon, whose crew included his brother, his family and his nephews, Daniel and Ryan, along with an additional couple of crew members who were experienced sailors.

The Grignons got better and better with each day of racing according to Lou, onboard Voilactus, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44. The crew included his brother Mike, his wife and daughters, along with his two nephews, Daniel and Ryan in addition to a couple of experienced sailors.

“It was a nice boat, big enough to handle the seas and the breeze,” Lou Grignon said, adding that he would be back to compete this summer in the 3rd annual Hamptons Regatta, which has a very important rule that a new winner has to be crowned year after year. 

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