We continue our series of reports from RBC's Caribbean Sailing Week. And today our story is about the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, as yesterday the racing as such was not in the program, and the squadron of yachts sailed together to the island of Barbuda. Unfortunately, the lack of reliable Internet access in the islands disrupts the planned rhythm of reports, for which we apologize to readers.
Antigua and Barbuda is a small independent state in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of only three more or less large islands. The names of two of the islands are included in the name of the state, while the third island, Renegado, is virtually uninhabited. The islands were formerly a British colony, in 1981 they gained independence, and the first
Life on the island of Antigua - at the first glance of a traveler - is very poor. The mass of buildings mostly resembles a scaled-up doghouse - but judging by the laundry hanging on ropes nearby, people live here. On the other hand, a huge number of new and not the cheapest cars (and car dealerships). « Shaggy» in age is practically absent. How one combines with the other is a mystery.
There is almost no industry on islands, too, and about 60% of economy is tourism. At all thus to serve tourists no one specially hurries up - local residents are not that lazy, but sincerely do not understand that there can be people who are
However, this careless life has its positive side - Antigua and Barbuda occupies one of the first places in the world for the absence of cancer among its citizens. Perhaps it is the local carelessness and lack of
At one time there was an attempt to establish cane sugar production on the islands, but because of the above-mentioned quality of the population this scheme did not work out. It was not possible to compete with the Cubans. However, the truncated cones of sugar warehouses are still there. «They are preserved as monuments - if, for instance, you have bought a land with the like» encumbrance, you have no right to demolish it.
So the second most important branch of the island is rum. A lot of rum is produced here, but practically all its production is monopolized by a single firm. Though, alas, I am not a connoisseur of this drink, so I can hardly dazzle you with a true story about the merits of local rum.
In those ancient times, which are now almost legendary, when the British Empire was the ruler of the seas, Antigua was an important