Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

Antigua Dragon YC Challenge preview

by Louay Habib on 27 Jan 2014
Antigua Dragon YC 2014 Preview Harmony Hall
The Antigua Dragon YC Challenge will be hosted by Harmony Hall Yacht Club and Antigua Yacht Club Marina in partnership with The Inn at English Harbour from 2nd to 9th February 2014.

The Antigua Dragon YC Challenge is an inaugural invitational event for prestigious yacht clubs from all over the world. Competing in identical Petticrow Dragons, a galaxy of stars will be racing in the beautiful waters of Antigua, WI.

Winners of the America's Cup and Olympic Games will be representing international yacht clubs and taking part in a week long regatta incorporating inshore and coastal racing with social occasions at some of Antigua's most exclusive locations.

Royal Yacht Squadron - Poul Hoj-Jensen is one of Denmark's most decorated sailors and has taken part in nine Dragon World Championships, winning on two occasions. Poul is a multiple one-design world champion and has competed at four Olympic Games, winning two Gold and one Silver Medal.

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – Mauro Pelaschier is one of Italy's finest helmsman competing in the America's Cup and Grand Prix events, as skipper for Team Azzura. A highly accomplished Finn sailor, Mauro has won the Italian National Finn Championship on nine occasions and has represented Italy twice at the Olympic Games.

Harmony Hall YC – In September 2013, Shannon Falcone became the first Antiguan to win the America's Cup as part of Larry Ellison's Team Oracle. Shannon has also competed with Team Puma in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. For the regatta he will be joined by fellow America's Cup winner, Italian Gillo Nobili, to form a formidable partnership for the host yacht club.

Fort Lauderdale YC – American, Mike Toppa has competed in seven America's Cup campaigns as sailor and designer, winning the auld mug on two separate occasions. Toppa is one of the United States most decorated sailors winning World Championship titles in various classes.

Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico – Eric Tulla, twice voted Puerto Rican sailor of the year, Eric is one of the toughest competitors in the Caribbean. Eric has won titles in everything from multihulls to grand prix big boats and represented Puerto Rico in the Soling Class at the Los Angeles Olympics. Eric Tulla has been racing for decades and in recent years has become an International Judge and is the current Vice-President of ISAF.

Antigua YC – Karl James has represented Antigua & Barbuda in the Laser Class at two Olympic Games and won the Caribbean Laser championship five times in succession. Karl is the senior instructor at the Antigua Yacht Club and National Sailing Academy and has expert local knowledge to compliment first class boat handling skills.

Monaco YC – Carlo Falcone represented Antigua & Barbuda in the Star Class at the Barcelona Olympics and is a founding member of the Harmony Hall YC and this inaugural event. Carlo has been a regular competitor at Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classics for decades winning both events. Carlo will skipper his classic 80ft sloop Mariella in this year's RORC Caribbean 600.

Wild Card – The event organisers have chosen to keep aside one Dragon for a wild card entry.

'Poul is the man to beat.' commented challenge organiser, Carlo Falcone, 'Since we started the class seven years ago, nobody has beaten him in a Dragon regatta in Antigua. However the Antigua Dragon YC Challenge has some of the best sailors that have ever raced Dragons here. The challenge is a friendly event and the Dragons will be chosen by drawing lots and the rig settings may not be adjusted. However, the competitors will be using every trick in the book to win. There will be a mixture of inshore and offshore racing to give a great diversification of courses. The top mark for the inshore racing will be right in front of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the offshore races will finish in view of some of Antigua's best resorts and dining establishments, whilst the Prize Giving Ceremony will be hosted by The Inn at English Harbour.'

For more information go to the Racing Section here.
Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82T Clewring AC72Colligo Marine 660x82

Related Articles

Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 - Day 1 Video
Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head on an inshore race course. The two boats shadowed each other in the pre-race manoeuvres prior to the start of a race to Lindeman Island and back, starting in Dent Passage. Both boats made a fine spectacle as they reached to the northern tip of Dent Island before heading upwind
Posted on 21 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 U.S. National Championship - Argo advance
The Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course 2016 U.S. National Championship - As the breeze remained in the ESE direction overnight and began bucking an outgoing tide in the morning hours, the Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course, rewarding those teams that started clean and minimized maneuvers.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 Melges 32 Nationals - A daily dose of Vitamina
The 2016 Melges 32 Nationals hosted by Sail Newport began with a whimper as racing was postponed for a couple of hours The 2016 Melges 32 Nationals hosted by Sail Newport began with a whimper as racing was postponed for a couple of hours allowing the northerly drainage breeze to give way to the impending northerly sea breeze.
Posted on 20 Aug