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The Academy is incorporated as a non-profit (charitable) organisation under the laws of Antigua & Barbuda no: C19/10 – February 2010 – and is administered by a board of volunteers.


His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Rodney Wliiams


Founder & President – Ms. Elizabeth Jordan.

Secretary: Mr. Peter Anthony – Proprietor, Ondeck Ocean Racing Ltd.

Director: Mr. Graeme Swatton- Proprietor, Swalings Swim Club

Director: Ms. Pippa Pettingell – Proprietor Miramar Sailing

Director: Mr. Ian Hughes – Ministry of Sport

Director: Mr. Karl James – Senior Instructor, Antigua Yacht Club.

Director: Mr. Brian Turton – Proprietor Miramar Sailing

Director: Ms. Ann-Marie Martin – Commissioner, National Parks

Director: Mr. Marc Fitzgerald – Captain S/Y Sojana.

The Academy is funded by donations from individuals, groups and businesses,  both in Antigua and overseas.  We also ask every yacht visiting a marina in Antigua, each season, for a voluntary standard contribution of US1.00 per foot of overall length.

   In summer 2013 we moved to our new Headquarters in Dockyard Drive, English Harbour.    The object of the move is to create a financially sustainable future for the Academy by creating revenue streams through our activities both on and off the water.    We have increased capacity for schools at our new H.Q. and, together with our satellite branch in Jolly Harbour, which opened in September 2012,  have capacity for over 200 children a week sailing.

   We have installed a 180ft floating dock for our own boats and also offer reasonably priced long term dockage to boats with a draft up to 6ft.  We have also installed a concrete slipway to a depth of 4ft and can offer haul & launch facilities for power boats and ribs. Sailing lessons and dinghy hire as well as kayaks and paddle boards are available for hore.

  The Academy has 3 racing keelboats –  Cork 1720’s –  and these are available for hire as well and for racing charters. In Antigua Sailing Week 2014, one of our 1720’s was 2nd overall in the Yachting World Round the Island Race (46 boats enterted) and 2nd in class – by 15 seconds.

   In July 2014 we gained accreditation as an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) dinghy sailing centre, and be able to offer their courses which are recognized worldwide standards.

In addition to the watersport activities we will hold various social events,  such as our very successful seated concerts in 2014 & 2015,  and welcome enquiries for the hire of the venue for parties, weddings etc.  Our one acre of gardens and ample parking make this the ideal site for a range of events.

We also offer accommodation onsite: see the relevant page on this website.

All of the above are undertaken with the aim of not only paying our overheads of rent etc. but to make enough profit, over time, to fund the free programmes for both the sailing lessons for Antiguan schoolchildren and the ‘Sailability’ programme for the disabled children and adults of Antigua. (See relevant page of this website for info).

It is unlikely that we will be able to achieve this in the first couple of years as we become established, but it is our aim to become as self-funding as we possibly can in the future.

  Donors making standard contributions will be added to our roll of ‘Friends of the Academy’ and those making larger donations will be listed as ‘Sponsors’ of the Academy’ both onsite and on our website.

   We plan publish a periodic Newsletter informing of our progress.  Meanwhile we will be delighted to answer any questions about the Academy and also welcome visitors to our locations in English and Jolly Harbours.

Tel:  + 1 (268) 562 8060
Cell: +1 (268) 464 2645


Our postal address is:
National Sailing Academy,
Dockyard Drive,
English Harbour.