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Antigua is one of the islands in the West Indies. It is also considered to be one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region. Also stands as the main island in the country of Antigua and Barbuda. This country has became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations on November 1, 1981. Antigua is one of the most popular of the Carribean’s sailing destinations.

Very recently, Antigua and the entire country experienced a Category 5 Hurricane, Irma. This hurricane is actually responsible for destroying close to 90 percent of the buildings on the island of Barbuda.

Christopher Colombus is actually the first European to visit Antigua, in 1493. He named the island in honor of the “Virgin of the Old Cathedral.” In about 1674 is when sugar had became Antigua’s main crop of export. It was in 1632, when English colonists established the first European settlement.

Antigua has a total area of 281 square kilometers. The tallest point on the island reaches 402 metres. Antigua is also home to the Antiguan racer which is one of the rarest snakes in the world.

Antigua is definitely a perfect choice for anyone looking for an island to begin practicing your sailing skills and honing in your technique!