Superyacht Challenge Antigua

The challenge is held in Antigua in late January or early February when yachts in excess of 80 feet are invited to participate in an exciting, friendly event – the Superyacht Challenge Antigua!

The SYCA Committee headed by Paul Deeth and Stan Pearson host three days of spectacular racing with ratings and start times being determined by the International Superyacht Rule, formerly the Bucket Rule, administered by Jim Teeters. The regatta is sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 (RRS) - modified and using the Low Point Scoring System.

From a Start/Finish line off the entrance to English Harbour, the course marks for the three 12 - 30 mile (approx) Pursuit Races are set daily according to the prevailing conditions off the south coast of Antigua.

Final Update: Superyacht Challenge Antigua

Lighter shifty conditions provided for a dramatic finale to the 4th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The overall winner being decided on the last leg of the final race and by just two seconds.

Unfurled nailed the pin end of the line with just a second to spare, the German Frers 112′ sloop was at full pace and the crew knew they had a chance of overall victory. Before the final six mile beat, Unfurled was up to fourth in pursuit of the leaders and played the current in Rendezvous Bay to great effect to stay in touch with the bigger, more powerful yachts and take the lead. A smart, tack bare away set, at Nelsons and Unfurled extended the lead and managed to hold off the chasing pack. Unfurled took the gun and then had to wait for the time correction to be factored in, the result was astonishing. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua delivered one of the closest finishes in the history of superyacht racing. [Read more…]

Glorious conditions prevailed for the second day of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua

Day Two Update – Saturday 1st February Races 2 & 3

Gloria crashing to windward/Kevin Johnson

Glorious conditions prevailed for the second day of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. Two races were held in 17-20 knots of warm Caribbean breeze and the two shorter, tighter courses provided some thrills and spills for the eight strong superyacht fleet.

In the first race of the day, the 182′ Dykstra Schooner, Adela got away to a flying start, smashing to windward before unfurling ‘Big Red’ and accelerating downwind. Adela performed well, playing the current and shifts and the crew excuted some text book boat handling to score their first win of the regatta. Germán Frers 113′ sloop, Unfurled sailed well to post a second place with the 108′ Vitters sloop Inoui third. Yesterday’s winner, 102′ ketch Marama suffered a torn mainsail but quick crew work to reef the sail, saved the day. [Read more…]

Spectacular Start and Galloping Gourmets, Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014

Friday 31st January Race One – The Superyacht Challenge Antigua

Maramar/Tim Wright

The first race of the 4th edition of The Superyacht Challenge Antigua was blessed with stunning Caribbean conditions. Warm air, ocean swell and 17-20 knots of breeze. The 22 mile course tested the yachts and crews at just about every point of sail and there was plenty of close action on the water but that was nothing compared to the intense competition for Friday night’s ‘Cook Off’ but more of that later. [Read more…]

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua – Racing starts – Friday 31 January

The majority of The Superyacht Challenge Antigua fleet were out on the water Thursday 30th January, honing their boat handling skills and maneuvers in feisty conditions. The magnificent yachts got a real taste of spectacular Caribbean sailing. 20 knots gusting up to 25 with 3 metre swell, provided for exhilarating sailing on the south coast of Antigua.

A skippers’ briefing was held at the Admiral’s Inn, followed by a Welcome reception cocktail party held at the Gunpowder House, the beautifully restored 18th-century gunpowder store was a splendid setting to open the proceedings. [Read more…]

4th Edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua

180ft Hoek-designed ketch, Marie won of eight Superyachts taking part. (Photo credit: Vitters Shipyard)

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is now in its fourth year and has established itself as a unique superyacht event. An exciting and friendly regatta designed as a wonderful celebration of sailing and parties, solely for the enjoyment of superyacht owners, their guests and crew.

The challenge is held each year at the end of January, hosted by the Admiral’s Inn in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua. Whilst the racing is very competitive, the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is dedicated to pure fun afloat and ashore, where all participants enjoy a relaxed party atmosphere free from any commercial endorsements. [Read more…]