28 April 2016: Antigua Sailing Week
Published 14:23 on 28 Apr 2016
We are lucky enough to have Team Itchenor Sailing Club competing at Antigua Sailing Week. Yesterday Ian Walker and the team won the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge. He beat Stuart Childerley, our new ASW PRO and the local Antiguan team at the 4th Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge on Presidente Lay Day. There's two more days left of racing, starting again today and Tony Langley's TP52, Gladiator has a rising Antiguan young sailor on board, Rhone Kirby. Ian took some time out to offer some advice and answer Rhone's questions.
Winner of the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge 2016 - Itchenor Sailing Club (Ian Walker, Chris Fox and Richard Bullock) with Kathy Lammers (Chairman, ASW Regatta Organising Committee and Mark Whinney from Nonsuch Bay Resort © Ted MartinThe three-race final produced an epic battle between Ian Walker's Itchenor SC Team and Stuart Childerley's young Antiguan crew known as Original Drama for the race. Itchenor SC won the two opening encounters harried all the way by Childerley's team. In the last race, Original Drama finally got the better of Itchenor SC, but Ian Walker's men came second which was good enough to win the 2016 Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge and an all-inclusive week's stay for two at the luxury Nonsuch Bay Resort. Team Zig Zag was third and Antigua Yacht Club finished fourth.
There are 15 members of Itchenor SC racing Swan 46, Milanto at Antigua Sailing Week and the team let out a huge roar as the victorious Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge team joined them for lunch at Catherine's Café Plage. Ian Walker then used a coin in a game of chance to decide which of the team would use the fantastic prize!
"Basically our parents dumped a load of us in Chichester Harbour when we were still in nappies," laughed Walker. "It has been really special to catch up with old friends and to race with them at Antigua Sailing Week."
On behalf of all the teams taking part, Team Itchenor Sailing Club's Ian Walker thanked Nonsuch Bay's Mark Whinney for his hospitality and Antigua Sailing Week's Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee, Kathy Lammers and her team for putting on a great event with superb race management.
"It was a fantastic event and I'd like to thank the sponsors and Antigua Sailing Week for making it all happen. It was superb race management and we hopefully will get to come back next year to defend our title!"...Show Less
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