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 will once again begin at 12 noon and the prize giving will be held on the beach at approximately 4 pm. The top prize provided by Antigua Sailing Week’s sponsor Nonsuch Bay Resort, is one week’s all-inclusive stay for two people in a Deluxe Suite at Nonsuch Bay Resort, Antigua. Trophies will also be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places overall and all participating teams get a bottle of English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum!
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.
5th annual Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge and to cheer on all eight teams.
2017 Teams include:
Robert Janecki, skipper of Team R-SIX. Robert’s bio can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Janecki. Other members of Robert’s team include Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Wysocki.
Ossie Stewart, skipper of Team Scarlet Oyster. Ossie has sailed in a number of Olympics and won a bronze medal with Lawrie Smith in the Soling in Barcelona. He won the Dragon Worlds in 2011. He has also won numerous championships in Fireballs, 505s, Mumm 30s, Farr 40s and Solings. Ossie won the Fastnet Race and was second in the RS Elite Nationals in Cowes week in 2016.
Team Sojana with Loz Marriot. Bio and other members to be confirmed.
Sergio Sagramoso, skipper of Team Lazy Dog. Bio and other members of team to be confirmed.
Nina Grunow, skipper of all-ladies Team KH+P. Nina boasts the following successes: German national team from 2001-2004; European Champion Match Race 2001; European Champion Yngling 2001; World Champion Match Race 2015. She has skippered for several Antigua Sailing Weeks and BVI Spring Regattas; and sailed the Hong Kong Challenge from Panama to Hawaii.
Paul ‘English’ Amon, skipper of Team Dingo. Bio and other members of team to be confirmed.
Rhone Kirby, skipper of Team Antigua 1. Bio and other members of team to be confirmed.
Bernie Evan-Wong, sipper of Team Taz. Bio and other members of team to be confirmed.