Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge

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SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2016 RS ELITE CHALLENGE CAN BE FOUND HERE.

THE NOTICE OF RACE FOR THE 2016 RS ELITE CHALLENGE CAN BE FOUND HERE.

RESULTS OF THE 2015 RS ELITE CHALLENGE CAN BE FOUND HERE.

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 bed and breakfast accommodation and use of all sailing equipment at Nonsuch Bay Resort, Antigua. Trophies will also be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places overall.

In 2015 the RS Elite Challenge was won decisively by Pietro Corbucci of Italy who managed to beat the 2014 defending champion, Peter Holmberg of St. Thomas.  Completing the podium was Performance Yacht Charter’s Lucy Jones in 3rd place with Marc Fitzgerald of Sojana settling for 4th place in the final heat.

If you are interested in participating in the 2017 RS Elite Challenge, please contact the race organisers at roc@sailingweek.com.

 

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We invite you to join us on Pigeon Beach on Lay Day, Wednesday April 27, to witness the 4th annual Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge and to cheer on all eight teams.

Below are brief biographies for skippers participating in the 2016 Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge.

Stuart Childerley
Stuart Childerley is a very accomplished sailor and race official; two-time Olympian in the Finn class, 4th on both occasions; and winner of several World, European and National titles sailing a variety of keelboats and dinghies. More recently in the summer of 2015 Stuart was winner of the double-handed class, finishing 4th overall in the Rolex Fastnet Race sailing a J105 keelboat.

 

 

Ian Walker

 

Ian Walker, age 46, is an occasional author and an enthusiastic sailor.  Notable sailing achievements include winning the 2012 UK Mirror National Championships crewed by his daughter; and winning the fathers’ race at Itchenor Sailing Club’s Junior Fortnight.  He has also won two Olympic medals and skippered the winning boat in the most recent Volvo Ocean Race.

 

Laura Dillon Head Shot

Laura Dillon is an Irish female sailor acting as tactician on board Oyster 82 Zig Zag for Antigua Sailing Week this year, as she did in 2015.  She normally helms S&S 41 Winsome in UK where she won Class 4 at the RORC Easter Challenge in Cowes recently.  Some of her many other achievements include:

  • Winning Class 5 in Cowes Week in August 2015.
  • Sailing 470s and ynglings on the Irish Olympic Squad between 1998 and 2002.
  • Winning a silver medal at the Optimist worlds in Argentina in 1992 and a youth world medal at the youth worlds in the double-handed female class in Newport, USA in 1996.
  • The only female sailor to ever win the Irish Helmsman’s Championship in the 75-year history of the event – an event similar to the Endeavour trophy in UK.
  • Winning the UK Women’s Open Keelboat Championships Overall on a J105 in 2013 and class 1 in the UK Women’s Open Keelboat Championships in a J111 in 2015 as helm.
  • Laura is a member of RORC and Howth Yacht Club, Ireland.