Two months before the start of the 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race, 20 yachts have now expressed their intention in the third edition of the 935 nautical mile race through the Atlantic Ocean to Bermuda.
Starting on May 8, the 100ft superyacht SHK Scallywag, which will be racing with a full complement of world class sailors, has confirmed participation. The smallest is the Open 40 Raucous, skippered by Henry Rourke, which will race double-handed. Two of this year’s entries have competed in all previous editions of the race. Pogo 12.5 Hermes, co-skippered by Meg Reilly (USA) and Morgen Watson (CAN); and Hanse 43 Avanti, skippered by Jeremi Jablonski (USA), which will be racing double-handed.
“Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag’s team owner, SH Lee, is very excited to be racing his 100-foot Super Maxi with his team in Antigua for the first time in the upcoming 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race,” commented Scallywag skipper Dave Witt (AUS).
The 100-foot canting keel Scallywag (ex-Ragamuffin) is very capable of breaking the Antigua Bermuda Race record which was set by Stephen Murray, Jr. (USA) racing Volvo 70 Warrior last year (2 days, 18 hours, 32 minutes and 48 seconds). The Antigua Bermuda Race is part of the Atlantic Ocean Race Series and is equally weighted with the RORC Caribbean 600, Rolex Fastnet Race, and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Scallywag will be picking up valuable points prior to the start of the main event for the series, the Transatlantic Race, starting June 25, 2019.