The Superyacht Challenge is an annual event, held at Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua where yachts in excess of 80 feet are invited to participate in an exciting, friendly event, designed to be solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests and crew. The magnificent fleet take part in three days of spectacular racing, using the International Superyacht Racing Rule. With daily pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua and laid back social events, The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is a wonderful celebration of sailing and parties - the perfect way to begin the Caribbean season.
The SYCA Committee headed by Paul Deeth and Stan Pearson host three days of spectacular racing with ratings and start times being determined by the International Superyacht Rule, formerly the Bucket Rule, administered by Jim Teeters. The regatta is sailed under the Racing Rules of sailing 2009-2012 (RRS) - modified and using the Low Point Scoring System.
From a Start/Finish line off the entrance to English Harbour, the course marks for the three 12 - 30 mile (approx) Pursuit Races are set daily according to the prevailing conditions off the south coast of Antigua.
The racing is very competitive but the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is dedicated to pure fun afloat and ashore, where all participants enjoy a relaxed party atmosphere, free from commercial endorsements.
The Superyacht Challenge Antigua has one clear objective; to provide all the facilities to stage an ideal event for an exclusive selection of yachts, where fair racing and good companionship are valued above all else.
The regatta will continue with a limited entry of 12-15 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.
Last year’s regatta was extremely well received by all who took part. Four races are scheduled over a 3-day weekend with social evenings ashore hosted by the Admiral’s Inn, English Harbour.