Sailing enthusiast Carlo Falcone purchased Harmony Hall in September 2006. Carlo and Paola represented Antigua at the Barcelona Olympics in the Star Class; his son Shannon, 26 years old, after racing his second America's Cup with Prada Team, Luna Rossa, will race his third one with Team Oracle, headed by Russel Coutts. Undoubtedly, the sailing waters of Nonsuch Bay are second to none for racing dinghy's and keelboats, and attract the likes of Falcone Sailing enthusiasts. Although for years the bay has been a popular destination for yachts great and small, it has never been featured as a racing area in the international sailing agenda. Carlo, through the introduction of the Harmony Hall Yacht Club, is about to change this!
The Harmony Hall Yacht Club will be officially launched in December 2007 Some sailing legends have already been recruited and have agreed to become founding members: Dennis Conner, Russel Coutts, Shannon Falcone, Torben Grael, Mike Toppa and Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen. The intention is to create a centre of excellent yacht racing. To this end, eight Dragons, ordered from Petticrows in the UK, the major Dragon Class builder, and with the ninth owned by Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen himself will be used for fleet racing, with team, match and triple racing on the agenda as well. Russel Coutts, three times winner of the AmericaÕs Cup and Olympic Gold medalist in Finn will include the RC44Õs for an event to be staged in Nonsuch Bay. The Objective of this regatta would be a high profile, high quality sailing event in Antigua.
With Antigua already hosting such international events as Sailing Week and Classic Yacht Regatta through the Antigua Yacht Club, the addition of the Dragon World Cup in 2009/10 hosted by Harmony Hall Yacht Club will enhance the reputation of Antigua as a sailing centre of excellence.