Different approaches to Antigua for the Superyacht Cup

Timoneer the 44.7m Dubois-designed ketch sailed in to Falmouth Harbour in Antigua on November the 29th, completing their transatlantic delivery in a leisurely manner and with time to spare to prepare for the Superyacht Cup Antigua which starts on December 12th.

The crossing has been a time to plan for the winter sesason in the Caribbean and continue with on-going maintenance; for the crew there was a change in pace of life onboard as they followed their relatively generous watch schedule. The owners and guests will be flying in to join the crew later in the week.

In complete contrast the 35m ketch Sojana is racing across the Atlantic, along with 6 other yachts, taking part in theTransatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup from Tenerife to St Maarteen. For Sojana's crew life onboard will be a little more hectic, with sail changes at all times of the day and night, keeping a permanent eye on the weather patterns and constant comparisons with their competitors' positions.

The Superyacht Cup brings together these completely different types of superyachts, to sail against each other competively, yet within their own constraints. The overall winner could be the smallest boat, the fastest boat or even the slowest boat, but it will be the boat sailing consistently well and fastest according to their time allowance around the course. With Caribbean hospitality, lively parties and great sailing, I am sure the owners, guests and crew will be glad to have made their way to Antigua which ever way they chose!

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