THE ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB TEAM WINS THE SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB INTER-YACHT CLUB CHALLENGE ON SCARLET OYSTER.
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.
In 2016, the Royal Southern Yacht Club and Antigua Sailing Week once again collaborated with the Royal Southern Yacht Club Team taking the trophy home. 2017 will see the third year of collaboration 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 the first two Challenge events held in 2015 and 2016 and expect much wider participation for 2017, using the same rules as used in previous years.’
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 and 2016 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 2017.’
The 50th Antigua Sailing Week in 2017 takes place from April 29 to May 5 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.
Racing starts on Saturday, April 29 with the optional 54 nautical mile Peters & May 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, May 5 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.
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