Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge


Photo of Scarlet Oyster racing in Antigua Sailing Week 2015.  Photo by Paul Wyeth /


Full results of the Challenge can be found here.

In the summer of 2014 the Royal Southern Yacht Club of Hamble, UK issued a challenge to reciprocal and other yacht clubs around the world to compete in the inaugural Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge at Antigua Sailing Week 2015.  The Challenge was deemed to be a great success with Ross Applebey’s Scarlet Oyster and a Guernsey Yacht Club crew taking home the first trophy.

For 2016, the Royal Southern Yacht Club and Antigua Sailing Week organisers are attempting to put together a one-design class for the Challenge.  If you or your yacht club are aware of one-design fleets that could be made available for the Challenge, please contact organisers at Alternatively, yacht clubs are being challenged to take their own boats to participate in Antigua Sailing Week 2016 or to charter one of many racing boats or bareboats that are available for the event.  While race charter boats may be a little more exciting, a fleet of one-design boats is available from Sunsail which provides boat for boat racing action and could be booked for the Challenge if done early enough.  A weighted scoring formula would be applied to boats of different ratings and classes participating in the Challenge.

The driving force behind the challenge is Gordon Cossar of the Royal Southern Yacht Club.  Of the Challenge he says, “We are really excited to get as many clubs as possible involved.  Following Antigua Sailing Week 2014, we realised that about 30 Royal Southern members had been at the final awards party and on returning to the UK we got together to discuss a challenge.  We are delighted with participation in the inaugural event held in 2016 and expect much wider participation for 2016.  Being able to offer a one-design class for the Challenge for 2016 is our goal and that would make it a true challenge of sailing skills.’

Antigua Sailing Week has provided the Royal Southern Yacht Club with a complete information package containing details of everything from available race charter boats to accommodation, marinas and provisioning.  The information package includes everything an Antigua Sailing Week first-timer needs to know to make plans to participate.

Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee, Kathy Lammers, says:  ‘We are delighted that of all the great events in the Caribbean regatta season, the Royal Southern Yacht Club has chosen Antigua Sailing Week as the event to feature the Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge.  In 2015 we provided yacht clubs from around the world with some of the most challenging and exciting racing they had ever experienced in the Caribbean’s idyllic conditions.  We’re excited about a having an even bigger and better Royal Southern Challenge in 2016.’

Antigua Sailing Week 2016 takes place from April 23 to 29 and is based at Antigua Yacht Club in Falmouth Harbour.  Courses are predominately windward/leeward in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea aside spectacular headlands and picturesque Cades Reef with steady trade winds guaranteed.  It is the granddaddy of Caribbean sailing events and is difficult to beat anywhere in the world.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge Trophy

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge Trophy

Racing starts on Saturday, April 23 with the optional 54 nautical mile Pearns Point Round Antigua Race.  Five days of round the buoys racing follow, with two races on some days and a lay day on the Wednesday featuring a great beach party at Pigeon Beach along with the invitational Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge.  Daily post-race social events and prize givings take place on the lawn of Antigua Yacht Club which showcase the great camaraderie that the event cultivates among sailors.  The week winds up with the final awards presentation on Friday, April 29 in the unique setting of historic Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour.  On-the-water activities are complimented by great parties with a very Caribbean flavour.

The minimum time commitment required to participate is one week but a commitment of 10 days would allow for two or three days’ practice and boat prep prior to the event.  Two full weeks would allow for some leisure time in addition to racing.  The financial commitment includes the cost of flights, food, accommodation and the yacht.

Get a flavour of Antigua Sailing Week by watching the 2015 wrap-up video and check out the Notice of Race (to be available soon), regatta details and submit your online entry.  To enter the Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge, email:

Below is the entry list for the 2015 Challenge.

Yacht ClubBoat NameCountryBoat TypeLengthSkipper
Royal Southern Team 1EH01Hamble, UKBeneteau First 47.747 feet
Royal Southern Team 2SamHamble, UKSigma 3838 feetPeter Hobbs
National Yacht ClubSpitfireToronto, ON, CanadaJ 145C48 feetJonathan Bamberger
Royal King's Hussers Race TeamZarafaUKHOD 3535 feetPeter Scholfield
Antigua Yacht ClubBiwi MagicAntiguaModified 6 metre33 feetGeoffrey Pidduck
North Sound Yacht ClubTAZAntiguaRP 3737 feetBernie Evan-Wong
Guernsey Yacht ClubScarlet OysterUKOyster Lightwave 4848 feetRoss Applebey
Royal St George Yacht ClubSunset ChildIrelandJ 12039 feetMartin Kennedy
Royal London Yacht ClubStarry Night of the CaribbeanUKOyster 8282 feetStarry Yachts Ltd.
Jolly Harbour Yacht ClubBlue PeterAntiguaJ 3030 feetTanner Jones
Harmony Hall Yacht ClubTeam SojanaAntiguaFlying Tiger33 feetPoul Hoj-Jensen