Skunked at Superyacht Challenge Antigua
Published on March 15th, 2020
Antigua (March 15, 2020) – A wind shut down prevented racing on the fourth and final day of 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua with class winners as Oyster 885 Firebird skippered by James McDonald, Peter Harrison’s 115ft (35m) Farr ketch Sojana, and the 108ft (33m) Javier Jaudenes sloop WinWin, sailed Kim Schindelhauer and skippered by Ryan Taylor.
After a vote from all competing boats, the Gosnell Trophy for the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua was awarded to John McMonigall’s Oyster 82 Zig Zag, skippered by Philip Howard-Smith.
“The spirit of the Gosnell Trophy lives and breathes in John McMonigall,” commented Zig Zag’s tactician Paul Blowers. “This is the fifth year we have done this regatta. We do our very best, giving our hearts and souls into the sailing and the parties. John’s support and enthusiasm and personality really drives this team. Thank you to the competitors and organisers for a wonderful regatta.”
The winner of the Cook-off was the 140ft (43m) Frers ketch Rebecca, skippered by Rob Foxell. The best dressed crew for the Rio Carnival theme was the 182ft (55.5m) Dykstra schooner Adela, skippered by Greg Norwood-Perkins.
Four J Class yachts had formed the strongest class fleet since the 2017 J Class World Championship but a massive collision before the first race has reduced the fleet in half. For J Class news, click here.
The 11th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua will be held March 9-14, 2021.
A record entry of fifteen superyachts and four J Class competed in the 10th anniversary of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua on March 12-15.
Source: Louay Habib