by Louay Habib
On the final day of The Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014 lighter shifty conditions provided for a dramatic finale to the fourth edition. The overall winner being decided on the last leg of the final race and by just two seconds.
Superyacht Challenge, Antigua 2014
Unfurled nailed the pin end of the line with just a second to spare, the German Frers 112' sloop was at full pace and the crew knew they had a chance of overall victory. Before the final six mile beat, Unfurled was up to fourth in pursuit of the leaders and played the current in Rendezvous Bay to great effect to stay in touch with the bigger, more powerful yachts and take the lead. A smart, tack bare away set, at Nelsons and Unfurled extended the lead and managed to hold off the chasing pack. Unfurled took the gun and then had to wait for the time correction to be factored in, the result was astonishing. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua delivered one of the closest finishes in the history of superyacht racing.
126' Schooner, Gloria finished the regatta in style scoring their second bullet to elevate the team into third overall, but only just, Gloria was tied on points with 180' Hoek designed ketch, Marie. Gloria took the podium place ahead of Marie by virtue of two first places in the regatta.
182' Dykstra Schooner, Adela was runner up to Gloria in Race four, assuring the Adela team of second place overall, just a point ahead of both Marie and Gloria. In the last race, Adela beat Unfurled by just 2 seconds after time correction. Significantly if Unfurled had beaten Adela, the 112' sloop would have tied for an overall victory for the regatta. However, the overall winner of the fourth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua was the 102' Ketch, Marama by a single point from Unfurled.
The Superyacht Challenge Antigua Prize Giving was held at the Copper and Lumber Store in Nelson's Dockyard and true to the event's traditions there was not much pomp or ceremony, just several hundred good natured, lovers of yachting, getting together for a big laugh and congratulating each winner as they went up to the stage.
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