The Antigua Superyacht Cup
The Antigua Superyacht Cup is an annual sailing yacht race that is held in the Island Antigua in the Caribbean. The
event was first opened in 2006 by a superyacht cup team from Majorca. The event has been held ever since at Nelson’s Dockyard. See a video of the 2006 event here.
The Antigua Superyacht Cup is indeed an exciting way to start Christmas as this event is mostly festive and just wonderful in that it is held in one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. This is a great way to meet up with people “on the same boat” and have a fun-filled time participating in the main event as well as the promise of well-prepared social activities each evening of the racing event.
This cup is usually held around 9th to the 12th of December where around 10 to 12 superyachts are expected to join. The last entries for the cup include P2 (designed by Philippe Briand and built by Perini Navi), Wild Horses, Zig Zag (by Swan 90), Sojana (by Farr), Crackerjack, and Savannah.
The event, as usual, will follow Antigua’s Yacht Charter Show where great charter yachts will be shown off for people to see. During the event you will find perfect opportunities to find great chances to get hold of sailing yachts for sale, yacht rental, and yacht charter availabilities.
What Happens at the Event?
The event will start with the registration and a welcome party will be held the same day. During the succeeding days, pursuit races nos. 1 to 3 will commence, and each evening a social activity
takes place. Prize giving and dinner with sparkling bottles of champagne will be on the 12th, which is the last day of the event.
The pursuit race will cover an estimated 22 nautical miles, and the actual sailing will be at the English Harbour where the sailing yachts will glide through the sparkling coasts until the reach Curtain Bluff, then back again.
By the time the last nautical mile is covered, the sun will have started to set creating the perfect backdrop and setting for the party to begin. Each evening, a after a pursuit race which will regularly start at 12 hundred hours, socials will be held at the island’s beautiful functions, the last and awarding night being at Nelson’s Dockyard specifically at The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel.
Where Is Antigua and What Can You Expect There?
Antigua is a beautiful island in the West Indies, a part of the Leeward Islands found in the Caribbean region. It has long been a favorite for yacht sailors and enthusiasts because of its very
favorable climate, trade winds, and breathtaking scenery. Aside from its beauty, the island already has the basic conveniences like communications and great hotels and fine dining experiences which
should not be missed while you are there. Nelson’s Dockyard, the usual venue for Antigua Superyacht Cup is such a beautiful part of the island, a well-protected harbor where you will be sure
your beloved yachts will be will sheltered from the open sea.
The 2007’s winner was the yacht called Sojana, which is owned by Peter Harrison.
The 2006’s winner was Patient Falcon owned by Don Smith who won as a trophy a 2,000-year-old Arawak boat building tool.