Superyacth Challenge Antigua

Saturday, 03 February 2018

 The 172ft Hoek designed ketch Elfje (


Heavenly Conditions in Antigua
8th Superyacht Challenge Antigua
January 31st - 4th February 2018


Day Two - 02 February 2018

The second day of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua was blessed with 16 knots of north easterly trade winds, sublime air temperature, and a dazzling blue Caribbean sea. In the Corsairs Class Rebecca put in a great performance, winning by just over a minute after ORCsy time correction. Spiip took second, just 13 seconds ahead of Danneskjold after time correction. In the Buccaneers Class, Acadia scored their second win of the regatta with Zig Zag second and Maramar third.

The Buccaneers were set a course of approximately 25 miles with the Corsairs enjoying a similar course plus an additional beat offshore. Both courses featured a long windward leeward component, testing boat handling and boat-on-boat tactics. A 30 degree wind shift near the end of the day was a defining moment for a top performance. In the Buccaneers Class, Acadia executed another super start, just 8 seconds shy of the gun, but it wasn't the best start of the day, that honour was shared by Spiip and Elfje in the Corsairs Class. Both yachts were just five seconds off a perfect start.


The 142ft Frers ketch Rebecca (Ted Martin).


In the Corsairs Class, the 142ft Frers ketch Rebecca's won today's race lifting the team to top of the leaderboard, with Elfje second and Spiip third. Elfje is the largest yacht competing this year, the magnificent 172ft ketch was launched in 2014 from the drawing board of Hoek, and has eco-friendly features including a hybrid propulsion system. Elfje's skipper Fergus Ross spoke about the regatta after today's race. 

“The range of yachts in our class is great. Spiip is very quick and really optimised and Danneskjold was really quick today. Elfje and Rebecca are having a great time, it is great to finally race against them. Elfje's owner really enjoys racing and this one is at the top of the list, because it is relaxed, easy going with a great atmosphere. There are no serious expectations but we are all trying to push the boat as hard as we can, and we have had two great days of racing. We are all looking forward to a double bill tomorrow with two shorter races, a bit more breeze would be good for us.”


The 102ft aluminium ketch Maramar originally designed by Dominiqe Presle.(



The famous Cook Off fancy dress theme was Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights (Ted Martin).


The Famous Cook Off took place on Thursday night at the Superyacht beach in Nelson's Dockyard and is a special social event at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The friendly competition between participating yachts, pits superyacht chefs to produce mouthwatering cuisine for the competing sailors. One dish is cooked on a traditional Antiguan coal pot for the coveted prize. This year's fancy dress theme was Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and superyacht crews love to dress-up!


Oyster 82 Zig Zag (Ted Martin).


Racing continues tomorrow Saturday 3rd February with two shorter races scheduled to start at 1100 local time. For full results and pictures from the 8th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua:




The Superyacht Challenge AntiguaThe 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 SYCA Committee headed by Paul Deeth and Stan Pearson host four days of spectacular racing.
From a Start/Finish line off the entrance to English Harbour, the course marks for the five 12 - 30 mile (approx) Pursuit Races are set daily according to the prevailing conditions off the south coast of Antigua.

The regatta will continue with a limited entry of 15 yachts depending on the type of vessels. This decision was made to ensure that the magnificent amenities available at Nelson’s Dockyard would comfortably host the event.

Furthermore the event will have no title sponsorship, to ensure that the Superyacht Challenge Antigua will be held for the pure enjoyment of the participants without any conflict of interest with a third party.

Louay Habib
Media Manager Superyacht Challenge Antigua
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 February 2018 )