NONSUCH BAY RS ELITE CHALLENGE
To view the results of the 2013 Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge, click here.
Photo compliments of Nonsuch Bay Resort.
Antigua Sailing Week announces a new and exciting event for Lay Day, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 on Pigeon Beach. The event is known as the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge. It is a one-day invitational one-design racing event featuring 24-foot RS Elite keelboats. Antigua’s luxury sailing resort and Bronze sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week, Nonsuch Bay Resort, is the sponsor of this exciting new event which will see eight invited teams compete in the RS Elites normally based at the resort.
The Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge will offer top-quality racing for highly qualified skippers and their teams. Racing will be in close proximity to Pigeon Beach inside Falmouth Harbour where Nonsuch Bay Resort will feature a hospitality tent for RS Elite Challenge competitors and their guests, as well as providing delicious food for sale for what is expected to be hundreds of spectators.
Racing will be done in two preliminary heats of three races each. The two top finishers of each heat will race in the final round which will also consist of three races. All races will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, keeping them challenging and exciting to watch!
Racing will begin at 1 pm and the prize giving will be held on the beach at approximately 5 pm. The top prize provided by Antigua Sailing Week’s Bronze sponsor Nonsuch Bay Resort, will be one week’s accommodation and use of all sailing equipment at Nonsuch Bay Resort, Antigua. Trophies will also be awarded to first, second and third place overall.
The line-up of skippers and their teams includes: Marc Fitzgerald, skipper of Farr-designed 115-foot Sojana; Mark Dicker, Mini Maxi World Champion; Ross Applebey, owner and skipper of RORC Caribbean 600 2013 class winner, Scarlet Oyster; Al Ashford of Antigua, owner of X One Design X174 Foxglove, and winner of many regatta titles; Christian Reynolds, owner and skipper of racing charter yacht Northern Child; Adrian Lower, owner and skipper of Swan 44 Selene and former RS Elite owner; Jim Ryan, winner of the recent Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge, former owner of several different J boats and currently a Melges 24 owner and sailor; and one surprise skipper!
We invite you to join us on Pigeon Beach on Lay Day, Wednesday May 1, to witness the inaugural Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge and to cheer on all eight teams.
We provide you with profiles of participating skippers.
Adrian began sailing when he was 15 and did a brief stint in the Royal Navy prior to attending Nottingham University to read medicine.
Adrian joined the Royal Burnham Yacht Club and in 2004 purchased a Dufour Classic 35 yacht, Heartbeat of Burnham, which he helmed in the EAORA offshore series in the North Sea and participated in EAORA Week in Holland in 2005.
In May 2006 Adrian purchased a new J-109, Jaguar of Burnham, and in 2007 teamed up with members of the London Corinthian Sailing Club which was selected to compete in the GBBR White Team in the 2008 Commodore’s Cup. They subsequently registered success at RCC in 2008 competed in Cork Week where they were 4th overall in the J-109 fleet.
In 2009 the J-109 was replaced with Selene, a 1973 Sparkman and Stephens Swan 44, with which he has competed in two Fastnet Races (2009 – 4th in Class 3), the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race (2010 – 2nd in Class 3), Swan European Championships at Cowes (2011 – 3rd in Class), 2012 ARC in RORC Racing Division (2nd Division B; 4th overall), and RORC Caribbean 600 (2013 – 3rd in Class 3).
From 2005 to 2012, Adrian was co-owner of an RS Elite and raced most weekends when not involved in offshore races or deliveries. In 2012, the 80th Anniversary year, Adrian purchased Gannet, RBOD number 3, and raced her at the RBYC last season. She has recently undergone a refit and stunning paint job, which Adrian claims have made her one of the prettiest on the River Crouch.
Alastair Ashford claims to be a club sailor! He started sailing at about 11 years of age – after he finally learned to swim! He has raced Mirror Dinghies, Fireflys, Lasers, International 14s and currently X One Designs and has competed at National and International level events. Alastair has won many club trophies over the years and is an XOD Captains Cup winner (XOD Nationals).
Ross grew up sailing with his parents. He started racing Mirror dinghies at the age of 6 and raced various dinghies during his school years, including National and International championships in 420s and Laser 2s. Ross moved into big boat racing in University, racing predominantly offshore. He skippered his first Fastnet campaign in 1999 with friends and results got progressively better, winning Class 1 in 2007.
Ross started working on large yachts as professional crew after university and skippered various sailing and motor yachts up to 30 metre Liara, which he raced and cruised with the owner and charterers. He started campaigning Scarlet Oyster again for the 2011 season with the highlight being several overall race victories and a 2nd in class in the Fastnet followed by an overall win in the ARC racing division. He had a very good Caribbean season in 2012, winning class in the RORC Caribbean 600 having led IRC overall for much of the race. He repeated that feat in the 2013 RORC Caribbean 600.
Christian started sailing age 8 in Toppers and his first big break was National Junior Champion in the 1987 Topper Nationals. He went on to represent County and was part of the Youth Squad. Dinghy sailing has always remained his true passion and he has twice won the RS600 National Championships in 2006 and 2008. Christian has been running charter yachts for the last five years and is often on the podium at many international regattas with non-professional crew who are given just two days training before a regatta.
Jim Ryan didn't start sailing until he was in his 30's but once he started, he made up for lost time. Jim has owned and raced a Sunfish, Laser, JY15, Pearson 26, J22, J27, J80 and Melges 24. He lives in New York but still sails 12 months a year. Jim started a JY15 frostbite sailing club 21 years ago and still runs it and sails in it today. There are currently 29 boats in the fleet and Jim and his new bride, Mindy, have won the season championship the last two years. Jim has been a US Sailing judge for 10 years and often gives seminars on racing rules and tactics. In addition to sailing his own boats, Jim has raced as tactician on a J109, J122, and a Gunboat 62. Although Jim has won plenty of local races, him claims the best one to win was the Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge.