THE INN AT ENGLISH HARBOUR UNVEILS ITS 'THE INN CHALLENGE TROPHY'Tuesday 16th April 2013
The glorious Lalique Crystal, Inn Challenge Trophy 2013
The Inn at English Harbour, is one of the finest and most exclusive boutique resorts in the Caribbean and its owner Enzo Addari has a dream which is about to become a reality. The Inn Challenge Trophy Race will take place for the first time on Thursday 18th May 2013.
"Enzo's dream was to have an America's Cup style race with Classic yachts and I have developed this idea, which has finally evolved into this event," explained Lillo Mazzetti.
"For the America's Cup style we needed a defender and Carlo Falcone's beautiful Mariella is perfect for this. The 79ft William Fife was built in 1936 and is one of the most famous yachts in the world, having competed in Classic Yacht Racing on both sides of the Atlantic over the last 75 years and we have had a fantastic response from classic yachts that want to take up the challenge."
Magnificent yachts have answered the call to become the Challenger to Mariella including; The Blue Peter (1929), Vagabundo II (1944) and Dione (1912).
Juno (2001) and Mary Rose (1925) are expected to take up the challenge, once they have arrived in Antigua. The Challenger for The Inn Trophy will be selected from a race to take place on Wednesday 17th April 2013. The winner of the challenge race will be given a complimentary weekend stay at The Inn at English Harbour.
The match race for The Inn Trophy will take place between the Defender, Mariella and the winner of The Challenge Race on Thursday 18th April 2013. The race will start in Rendezvous Bay, upwind to a mark off Fort Charlotte, then a downwind leg to Curtain Bluff and a beat to finish, just outside English Harbour.
Carlo Falcone's Mariella, the 79ft William Fife defender was built in 1936
The Inn Challenge Trophy made from Italian silver will be unveiled at The Skipper's Briefing on Tuesday 16th April. This trophy will be engraved with the winner's name and be kept on permanent display at The Inn at English Harbour. However, the winner of the match will receive a glorious Lalique Crystal winner's trophy to keep and the runner up a barrel of English Harbour Rum.
"I am an passionate collector of works of art by Rene Lalique and the Victoire Trophy comes from Monte Carlo. It has been chosen to typify the event; the flowing hair of the female form personifies the beauty and grace of the classic yacht and is a fitting memento of this wonderful occasion. We hope The Inn Challenge will flourish and become an important classic yacht race in the Caribbean," said Enzo Addari.
The inaugural Inn Challenge Trophy will be presented on the terrace at The Inn at English Harbour at an exclusive cocktail party on 18th April.
For more information about The Inn at English Harbour: www.theinn.ag
Timetable of Events
Skippers' Briefing at The Inn - 1800 16th April
Challenger Race start - 1200 17th April
The Inn Challenge Trophy Race - 1400 18th April
Prize Giving at The Inn - 1800 18th April
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