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 2016 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 will again collaborate on this fun and highly-competitive Challenge.  All yacht clubs around the world are challenged enter their boat to participate – whether racing on their own boat or on a chartered boat, even a bareboat.  A weighted scoring formula will be applied to boats of different ratings and classes participating in the Challenge so the true winner can be determined.

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 2015 and expect much wider participation for 2016, using the same rules as used in 2015.’

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 windward/leeward with increasingly more reaching legs 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 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, regatta details and submit your online entry.  To enter the Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge, email:

Below is the current entry list for the 2016 Royal Southern Yacht Club Inter-Yacht Club Challenge:

Yacht ClubBoat NameCountryBoat TypeLengthSkipper
Royal Southern Yacht ClubScarlet OysterUKOyster Lightwave 4848 feetRoss Applebey
Antigua Yacht ClubBiwi MagicAntiguaModified 6 metre33 feetGeoffrey Pidduck
North Sound Yacht ClubTeam TAZ/ ConvictionAntiguaTP5252 feetBernie Evan-Wong
Royal Yacht SquadronStarry Night of the CaribbeanUKOyster 8282 feetJan Matthews
Antigua Yacht ClubLiquidAntiguaJ12240 feetTanner Jones
Jolly Harbour Yacht ClubVolareAntiguaGrand Soleil 34334 feetTerence Allan
Jolly Harbour Yacht ClubSalty DogAntiguaTartan 370037 feetSteve Woodruff
Royal Southern Yacht ClubEl OcasoUKJ12240 feetChris Body
Royal Southern Yacht ClubKadansUKSun Odyssey 50950.5 feetFrits Janssen
St. Helier Yacht ClubSpiritJerseySwan 6565 feetAlan Edwards
Royal Ocean Racing Club/NRVBest BuddiesGermanySwan 441R44 feetKay Wrede
Trinidad Tobago Sailing AssociationDingoTrinidad and TobagoKer 3737 feetMark Chapman
Iate Clube do Rio de JaneiroVentaneiro 3BrasilDufour 500 Grand Large48 feetRenato Cunna
Tyreso BatklubbTalantaSwedenClass 4040 feetMikael Ryking
Denver Sailing AssociationVoilactusUSASun Odyssey 4444 feetFred Rampey
Dark Horse Sailing ClubCroqueUKSun Odyssey 4141 feetJohn
Antigua Yacht ClubRegardlessAntiguaMelges 2424 feetRichard Archer
Lake Lanier Sailing ClubBooty Fish Sailing TeamUSASunsail 44i44 feetEric Stallings
Potomac River Sailing ClubAugustineUSABeneteau First 4242 feet