Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge

Lay Day Invitational

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!

Racing is expected to, once again, begin at 12 noon and the prize giving will be held on the beach at approximately 4 p.m. The top prize provided by Antigua Sailing Week’s sponsor Nonsuch Bay Resort, is one week of 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 2016, the RS Elite Challenge won Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper (Ian Walker). Olympic medalist and Antigua Sailing Week Race Officer Stuart Childerley with Antiguan youth sailors took 2nd, and Laura Dillon, navigator on Oyster 82, Zig Zag completed the podium in 3rd place.

If you are interested in participating in the 2017 RS Elite Challenge, please contact the race organisers at

We invite you to join us on Pigeon Beach on Lay Day, Wednesday May 3, to witness the 5th annual Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge and to cheer on all eight teams.

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