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Nilaya is First In Class at the 2019 Superyacht Challenge Antigua

February 4, 2019


Antigua_TransparentAntigua (February 3, 2019) – The ninth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua kicked off the 2019 superyacht regatta season and featured four races for six 24 to 44m yachts all racing under the superyacht rule ORCsy.

The Reichel/Pugh-designed 112’ Nilaya, helmed by owner Filip Balcaen, took 1st place in Class C: Corsairs. Nilaya was built by Baltic Yachts and launched in 2010.

Seven-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Bouwe Bekking, called tactics on Nilaya and previously explained that, “the team on Nilaya has been together for a number of years, so I think that allows us to sail a superyacht like a smaller boat and that does make a difference. This regatta is very much in the style of gentleman’s racing, which produces a great atmosphere. Personally I like to race to win but I believe that the owners of the yachts really enjoy this style and that is great.” Bouwe commented this year that, “This is a really good [season] kick-off regatta. The sailing is important but the fun also helps put your team together, which is good for the owners and the crew because we have a good time, and that is what it is all about. Speaking to my owner he is really keen to do a Round Antigua Race, even if it is not part of the regatta. It would be nice to have a Superyacht Trophy and have a go at the record. Nilaya has sailed around the island at record pace but that was unofficial.”

The 2020 Notice of Race for the 10th edition was announced with the 2020 edition moving to a new date 11-15 March,  just before St. Barths Bucket when many superyachts are in race mode.


About The Superyacht Challenge
This ninth edition of the regatta is still proving popular with six Superyachts taking part, in two different classes. Designed to be solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests and crew, the fleet takes part in four days of close racing, using the International Superyacht Racing Rule. With daily pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua and laid back social events, The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is a wonderful celebration of sailing.

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