37m Action wins Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2023

March 15, 2023

Written by Laura Nicholls 

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua returned to the Caribbean island last week (6 March) for an action-packed week on the water. As one of the first Caribbean regattas of the year, the competition was stiff as the Superyacht Challenge Antigua welcomed five superyachts to Nelson’s Dockyard for a series of races.

Vying for the Gosnell Trophy and barrels of rum were the 44.8-metre Catalina, the 25-metre Zig Zag, 34-metre Kawil, the 45-metre Gitana and the 37.3-metre Action.

The first day of racing involved a seven-leg 13.5 nautical mile course where the competing yachts benefitted from 12 to 15-knot winds. After a time correction, the day ended in a photo finish where Action was crowned the winner by just 30 seconds ahead of Gitana.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

With day two’s racing called off due to a lack of wind, the following day saw the top four boats finishing within 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Gitana led the charge in an elapsed time of under two hours.

© Claire Matches

The final race of the 2023 Superyacht Challenge Antigua was held off the south coast of Antigua with white caps on the 14 nautical mile course.

Overall, the Series Results state that Action scooped the winning place, with Kawil in second and Catalina in third. Gitana followed in fourth place ahead of Zig Zag

Action was competing in this regatta for the second year in a row and was the defending champion. She was delivered from Royal Huisman in 2014 to a design by Dykstra Naval Architects.