If you’re visiting Antigua, you’re in for a spectacle on the water in a few days. It’s Superyacht Challenge Antigua week, an annual event. In fact, from January 30 to February 3, the 9th Superyacht Challenge Antigua will bring together several yachts for camaraderie and bragging rights.
Plenty of regattas occur year-round, all around the world, too. This particular competition attracts entries for a few reasons. A big one, for example, is its intimate size. The 9th Superyacht Challenge Antigua cuts off entries at 15, all gathered at Nelson’s Dockyard. As of press time, six racers are getting ready. They include Zig Zag (top) as well as Rebecca (below). On a related note, Rebecca is making her fifth appearance in the race. She’s a winner as well. Furthermore, her dockmates will be able to wish her a happy 20th birthday during the race.
Yet another reason why Rebecca and others come back year after year is the emphasis on pure enjoyment. The event has never had a title sponsor. Neither do the organizers plan to get one, believing it could pose a conflict of interest.
Five pursuit races will comprise the 9th Superyacht Challenge Antigua, covering 12 to 30 miles on average. Each race depends on the conditions of the day. Regardless, all take place off the southern coast of the island. Organizers expect “magnificent” conditions this year, explaining that the winds and sea conditions have been quite good. Of course, they also expect the on-land, laid-back festivities to be equally rewarding. Owners, guests, and crewmembers can enjoy a welcome reception, a yacht hop, and a prize-giving ceremony.
Something else on tap for the week is the Paddle Board Competition. It’s still open for entries, too, though slots are limited. The competition is coming up on February 1, further a fundraiser for Cottage of Hope. This is the charity for the Team Antigua Island Girls rowing team.
Check the regatta website for full details, including daily results.