Winners of the Antigua and Barbuda Challenge in Germany announced

Winners of the Antigua and Barbuda Challenge in Germany announced

from Antigua Sailing Week 24 Sep 06:13 UTC

Brothers Dennis and Kevin Mehlig, Yannick Hafner and Christian Severens were winners of Jai© Antigua Sailing Week

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Last weekend, fifteen J70 class teams from the Lake Constance region, Switzerland and Austria competed in the 4th Antigua Barbuda Trophy Challenge sponsored by the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority at the Württembergischer Yacht Club (WYC) in Friedrichshafen, Germany .

After six races in completely different conditions than Antigua & Barbuda, one of three participating teams from the Württemberg Yacht Club (WYC) fought for victory. The brothers Dennis and Kevin Mehlig, Yannick Hafner and Christian Severens were winners on Jai. This is the third time a team from WYC has emerged victorious, although this year’s edition of the Antigua and Barbuda Challenge will go down in the books as it took place in the most difficult of conditions. The wind between 12 and 25 knots, heavy rain showers combined with low temperatures made for tough J70 races. The prevailing mood at the end of the day was “wet, cold and exhausted”.

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Leading each of the races, the Jai team definitely appreciated the grand prize which gives them the opportunity to fly to Antigua and compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2023 in bareboat comfort on a dream yacht charter while relaxing in the sun Sunning Antigua and navigating the Caribbean trade winds.

To complete the award, during the 2023 event, scheduled for April 29th – May 5th, includes regatta participation, jetty at Nelson’s Dockyard and private dedicated WiFi from Axxess Marine.

Second place went to the Swiss team Julian Flessati (RC Bodensee), Jonathan Rutishauser, Stefan Ammann and Stefan Zurfluh. The all-female crew of the German Touring Yacht Club – Tutzing (DTYC) with Anna Seidl, Moni Linder, Laura Fischer and Ann-Christin Goliass came third in this ranking. Their prizes consisted of KH+P yacht charter discounts to book with ASW 2023 should they wish to join their friends.

Awards for outstanding skippers went to Dennis Mehlig and Anna Seidel. For this award, each was presented with a luxury watch from Locman Italy.

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Mona Küppers, President of the German Sailing Association, who was also present at the award ceremony in the Württemberg Yacht Club, said to the participants: “I think it’s great that you are leaving the beaten track,” she commented on the award and the “Antigua and Barbuda Challenge” embedded in a ranked regatta of an on-design class. “Every boat that is on the water helps to make the world a little more beautiful and colourful.”

Antigua Sailing Weeks Events and Marketing Manager attended the event and commented: “The previous winners who attended ASW 2022 did a great job of chronicling their experiences and it seems they have a real enthusiasm for that ASW built in 2023. The excitement is definitely spreading through their network of elite athletes that ASW is an opportunity to get away for some serious fun in the sun.”

The Interboot Boat Show took place parallel to the Antigua and Barbuda Challenge. Rana Lewis joined Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority representative Sean Matthew at KH+P Yacht Charter’s booth. Throughout the long weekend there were several presentations on Antigua and Barbuda by Sean Matthew and KH+P YachtCharter CEO Hartmut Holtman, who gave showgoers the opportunity to learn more about the destination and Antigua Sailing Week.

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Today, the Road to 2023 promotion moves to the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, UK, where more than 55 boats are entered for a chance to win the third of the promotional prizes for racing at Antigua Sailing Week.

Antigua Sailing Week President Alison Sly-Adams said: “We would like to thank the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and our event sponsors Dream Yacht Charters, Nelsons Dockyard Marina, Falmouth Harbor Marina, Axxess Marine and Locman Italy for being able to host this phenomenal offer price. We appreciate their support not only during Antigua Sailing Week but also the confidence to get the promotion on the road and continue to promote Antigua and Barbuda as the yachting capital of the Caribbean.”

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