This year’s 4th edition of Superyacht Challenge Antigua, well known as a unique superyacht event, will be running from January 30 to February 2, hosting eight of some of the world’s finest sailing yachts. The event represents 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.
There are three days of spectacular racing with ratings and start times being determined by the International Superyacht Rule. Starting just outside English Harbour, the magnificent superyachts take part in daily pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua.
For the fourth year in succession, an impressive line up of some of the world’s finest sailing yachts will be racing. This year, eight superyachts yachts, with a combined length of over 1000ft, will be taking part. Half of the fleet are returning from last year and three superyachts are new to the event.
Last year’s overall winner, superyacht Adela is back to defend the challenge. The 182ft Dykstra designed schooner is the largest yacht competing, whilst the smallest is the 90ft Maxi Swan yacht Freya, which will be making its debut. The 102ft ketch Maramar was second last year and will be hoping to go one better. 113ft Germán Frers sloop, sailing yacht Unfurled was third in last year’s event and returns to the challenge and the magnificent 147ft Dubois ketch, luxury yacht Timoneer is also back. Hoek-designed ketch, superyacht Marie returns to the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, the 180ft ketch competed in 2011 and 2012. Whilst the 110ft Vitters Maxi yacht Inoui and the 126ft Schooner, superyacht Gloria will be making their first appearance.
“We are looking forward to three days of excellent sailing, spectacular racing and great sportsmanship,” commented Paul Deeth, one of the founders of the event. “As always, we will be encouraging all participants to indulge in the after hours social activities, which are aimed at creating an ideal social environment to enjoy the company of the various contenders.”
The schedule for the 4th Superyacht Challenge Antigua starts on Thursday 30th January with an exclusive welcome reception cocktail party and continues with three days of racing and private parties, organised purely for the enjoyment of every competitor.