Tragedy at Superyacht Challenge Antigua, sailor dies

In the Caribbean, there is a “private” regatta with a few invited superboats, with no sponsors or advertising constraints. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua. A great little sailing festival that has been held for 11 years and, this year, experienced a tragedy.

Sailor Sam Richmond, head of North Sails sales for Europe, died March 10 following an accident aboard the Southern Wind 102 Farfalla during a pre-race training session on March 8.

Sam Richmond

Embarking as an assistant bowman, he was on the bow when a rigging cable broke, slamming into him and causing head injuries. Crews remembered Richmond on Sunday, March 13, with a solemn ceremony on the water.

The British sailor began sailing on the Optimist at the age of 6 and went on to sail on 420s and 49ers. His transition from sailing as a hobby to work began as a sailing instructor in Spain, followed by coaching youth national teams.

In 2004, Sam began offshore racing on the Swan 48 Jacobite, which has taken him around the world on many different racing boats, from Etchells and Quarter Tonners to Superyachts. In 2011, Sam joined North Sails as a salesman, dealing mainly with racing boat projects based in the Solent. He had recently become head of North Sails sales for Europe.

Good wind, Sam

We will tell you about the regatta and its protagonists shortly with an article by our Caribbean reporter Maurizia Falone Percivale.

 


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