2023 Superyacht Challenge Antigua
06 – 12 MARCH
Nelson’s Dockyard Antigua, WI – Sunday, 12 March 2023
The final race of the 2023 Superyacht Challenge Antigua was held off the South Coast of Antigua. At the start, the south south easterly breeze, occasionally produced white caps on the 14 nautical mile race course. During the race, the wind decreased in strength, sometimes backing to the east, fashioning thrilling competition on the water.
The SYCA Race Committee set a beat at the start to Whiskey, a tight reach to November on Starboard, followed by a reach to Timoneer on Port. After a beat to Whiskey for the second rounding, the fleet passed Nelson on a reach to the finish.
The 148ft Dubois sloop Gitana nailed the start, less than a boat length from the line at the gun and went on to take line honours as Gitana has done for every race in an elapsed time of one hour 43 mins 48 secs.
Provisional Overall Winner of the 12th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is the 121ft Dykstra sloop Action. Second is the 112ft Sparkman & Stephens sloop Kawil and third by the narrowest of margins is the 148ft Dubois ketch Catalina, taking the podium on countback from the 148ft Dubois sloop Gitana. John McMonigall’s Oyster 82 Zig Zag was just a point behind third place.
The Prize-Giving Ceremony will be held tonight with all the prize winners receiving their accolades. However, there is only one trophy at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The Gosnell Trophy. Each of the yacht competing yachts, and the race committee, cast one vote for the yacht that has competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, both afloat and ashore. The winner will lift The Gosnell Trophy tonight!