Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge

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Antigua Sailing Week held a new and exciting event on Pigeon Beach, Falmouth Harbour for the first time on Lay Day 2013. The event, known as the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge, is a one-day invitational one-design racing event featuring 24-foot RS Elite keel boats. Antigua’s luxury sailing resort and sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week, Nonsuch Bay Resort, is the sponsor of this exciting event which sees eight invited teams competing in the RS Elites normally based at the resort.

The Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge offers top-quality racing for highly qualified skippers and their teams. Racing is held in close proximity to Pigeon Beach inside Falmouth Harbour where Nonsuch Bay Resort features a hospitality tent for RS Elite Challenge competitors and their guests, as well as providing delicious food for sale for what is expected to once again be hundreds of spectators.

Racing is done in two preliminary heats of three races each. The two top finishers of each heat go to the final round which also consists of three races. All races are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, keeping them challenging and exciting to watch!

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Racing is expected to once again 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 sponsor Nonsuch Bay Resort, is 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 for 2015 is still to be confirmed but it is hoped that last year’s winner, Peter Holmberg of St. Thomas, will return to defend his title.  Two other places may be filled by skippers and their teams who have earned the position in a racing series held at Nonsuch Bay Resort in the lead up to the event. The remaining teams will be led by high-profile racing skippers who will be participating in Antigua Sailing Week.  If you’re planning to participate in Antigua Sailing Week and would like to be considered for participation, please contact roc@sailingweek.com.

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We invite you to join us on Pigeon Beach on Lay Day, Wednesday April 29, to witness the third annual Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge and to cheer on all eight teams.

Results of the 2014 Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge can be viewed here.

Profiles of the 2015 skippers will be featured when their participation has been confirmed. As holder of the 2014 Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge title, Peter Holmberg’s profile remains.

PETER HOLMBERG

Peter Holmberg

Peter Holmberg was born and raised on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and went on to win the first and only Olympic Medal for the US Virgin Islands in the 1988 Olympics in the Finn Class.  Peter followed this into a professional sailing career that saw him win the Maxi World Championship, the 50’ World Cup, the Match Racing World Tour, and ultimately, the 2007 America’s Cup.  Peter is now based again in the Virgin Islands and continues to sail professionally for various racing programs around the world.  Peter is also currently the President of the Caribbean Sailing Association.