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Superyacht Challenge Antigua wraps up in Nelson’s Dockyard

After four days of exciting racing, the 11th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua concluded with the Prize Giving held at the Admiral’s Inn Nelson’s Dockyard. The Round Antigua Race and Superyacht Challenge Series were held in strong winds for all but the last race of the regatta. Competing Superyacht owners, Captains and crew have paid tribute to the SYCA Committee and Race Team, whic...
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Sam Richmond

After being injured in training on Tuesday 8th March before the Superyacht Challenge Antigua (SYCA). Sam Richmond has sadly passed away. Everyone involved with the regatta joins the worldwide sailing community in paying respects to a much-loved and highly respected sailor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam’s family at a difficult time. On Sunday 13th March, a Remembrance Procession was obs...
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Racing concludes for 11th edition

Race Three – Sunday 13th March The third race of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua started with a good breeze of 15-20 knots from the north east but later in the race, rain showers and a softening of the wind, created a very different scenario to the previous two races held in full trades. The Race Committee led by PRO Hank Stuart chose three different courses for the classes for a final race t...
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Kawil, Nilaya, Hetairos win on Day Two

Race Two – Friday 11th March 112ft Baltic Nilaya and the Superyacht fleet © Claire Matches The trade winds were still pumping for Race Two of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, with white water hissing at the rails of the magnificent superyachts. Compared to Race One, the wind had veered slightly to the east, giving some shelter in the lee of Antigua. However, even inshore the wind speed was...
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Full On – Day One!

2022 Superyacht Challenge Antigua Race One – Thursday 10th March Rebecca & Nilaya © Claire Matches Race One of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua was held in full trade winds producing spectacular sailing for the magnificent fleet. It was a bumpy rollercoaster ride on the South Coast of Antigua with the superyachts reefed for high-octane, uber-action. Class winners for Race One were J...
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Hetairos charges to Round Antigua Record

The 218ft ketch Hetairos © Claire Matches Hetairos has set a new monohull race record for Round Antigua Race. The 218ft Dykstra/Reichel Pugh ketch skippered by Graham Newton, was the last to start in the pursuit race, completing the 46.8nm Round Antigua Course in an elapsed time of 03 hrs 46 mins 08 seconds. Hetairos beat the previous record set in 2018 by the modified Volvo 70 Warrior by 9 mi...
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Stand-Alone Round Antigua Race

09 March 2022 While not part of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua Series, much of the fleet will take part in a Round Antigua Race today Wednesday 9th March. The 46.8nm course is a great opportunity for teams to get in race trim for the four-race series which starts on Thursday 10th March. In 2018, the modified Volvo 70, Warrior completed the Peters & May Round Antigua Race in elapse...
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Back in Action!

11th Superyacht Challenge Antigua Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua 8-13 March 2022 The 11th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua has attracted ten magnificent superyachts, all set to race in the fantastic waters around Antigua. Ideal conditions are forecast for the regatta with blue skies, trade winds and Caribbean swell. As always, the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is designed to be sol...
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Modified ORCsy rating system with performance curve scoring to be used for 2022

Rating System for our next regatta 2022. As everyone knows key to rating/handicapping Superyachts is knowing the wind strength. We all know that some competitors that shouldn’t even be sailing in 10K TWS turn into another animal altogether in 20K TWS. So initially the rating system incorporated wind bands with different ratings for each per your certificates. In the past that meant the onus wa...
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