Antigua, the Champagne
on the list on the island

Antigua is an island in the West Indies, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect paradise setting to recharge one’s batteries or experience unforgettable moments in the middle of the ocean or Beyond…Meet Paul Deeth, a skipper of international renown and proprietor of Admiral’s Inn, one of the most desirable establishments in Antigua.  The venue plays host to the most prestigious events in the world of yachting, a sector Paul Deeth knows only too well.

Tell us about your career to date and how you came to your current role?
I was born in Antigua and grew up close to the water, playing with boats. English Harbour at the time was establishing itself as one of the main yachting centres in the world, with all the top yachts passing through and the temptation was simply too great. As soon as I could escape from school I ran away to sea to work on sailing yachts and then motor yachts, eventually becoming the "youngest Captain of the biggest yacht". In my early thirties I bought The Inn at English Harbour hotel and managed to combine yachting and the hotel business. I sold The Inn and bought Admiral's Inn a few years later and have now renovated the hotel and transformed it into what you see before you today.

Could you tell us about some of the different events that you organise at Admiral’s Inn?
Admiral's Inn is ideally suited for events as it is located directly in the heart of Nelson's Dockyard. The season starts early December with the annual charter yacht show and Admiral's Inn hosts the Chef's Competition and the Captain's dinner. I co-founded and run the Superyacht Challenge in January and Admiral's Inn plays host to the welcome party and prize-giving dinner. During the winter months we organise art exhibitions and opening receptions. We also host parties for all the major yachting events, such as Antigua Classic Week and Antigua Race Week. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of this historic site’s restoration, as well as 50 years of the Antigua Boat Show.

Nathalie Lépine’s paintings speak a universal language
To mark the launch of the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve in Antigua, the Admiral’s Inn held a private presentation of the work of Nathalie Lépine. In just one evening, and quite possibly for a long time hence, her timeless and ethereal portraits mesmerised guests.

Further to exhibitions in Paris and New York, Nathalie went to Antigua to showcase her paintings. “DAPHNEE”, one of the works from this unique collection, was recently auctioned at Christie’s in January 2012. Previous to this, the painting had crossed the sea aboard the Marama during the 2011 Superyacht Challenge with Paul Deeth at the helm, the race champion.

Journey of discovery | Published on: 02 May 2012
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