Antigua Sail Week13 Jun
Written by: Khyesha Brooks
Since June 8th, 1968, every year in Antigua & Barbuda for one-week people from all over the globe come together for the sake of sailing. Close to 30 vessels were entered to race from April 27th – May 3rd but unfortunately it has been canceled but that does not kill the spirit of Antigua and the love of sailing.
Every year the Jan Santos Trophy is awarded to a person who has shown dedication to ASW weather that person is a volunteer or competitor. Jan Santos was a one of a kind man who was a volunteer and was the Vice Chairman of the ASW who passed away in 2013.
This year in 2020 the award is presented to a wonderful woman who has spent her year dedicated to the Admirals Inn Hotel. Ms. Ethelyn Phillip worked at the hotel for 50 years. She started as a secretary and worked her way up to being a share holder of the historic hotel. She spent her career being an activist for the children getting them involved with sports and art, actually in 1970 she started the School Art Competition, which still happens today. Within the ASW she conducted alongside of other colleagues and volunteers for social events and the making of the Lord Nelson’s Ball which later got moved to the lawn in Nelson’s Dockyard.
Even after retiring she stayed involved with events keeping the youth in Antigua and Barbuda active in positive events.
Ms. Ethelyn Phillips and others like her embody the sprit of Antigua Sail Week and of the entire country of Antigua & Barbuda. She is an example of how e should all be as involved with our communities.
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