The Superyacht Cup Palma
Dates for 2017 Superyacht Cup: 21-24 June
"Competitive yacht racing, a relaxed informal social programme and the perfect location for superyachts - it does not get any better!"
The Superyacht Cup is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe, a favourite with yacht owners, friends, captains and crew who visit Palma de Mallorca annually for the four day event. With warm
early summer conditions and reliable sea breezes, the Bay of Palma offers some of the most idyllic racing conditions in the Mediterranean. The racing is run by the highly experienced international Race
Officers and the team at Real Club Nautico de Palma. The participating superyachts are all moored together stern-to in the Superyacht Cup Regatta Village located at Muelle Viejo with the iconic Palma
Cathedral and Palm tree lined Paseo Maritimo providing a stunning back-drop.
A five minute walk from the Regatta Village you can find Boutique City Hotels, first class restaurants, the best in international shopping as well as famous architecture, art galleries and historical
museums. Palma has something to offer everyone visiting this international yachting event in a vibrant and cosmopolitan City.
Stealth Fighter Samurai and Fast Cruiser Farfalla join Fleet
With this year's third superyacht regatta (Loro Piana Caribbean SuperYacht Regatta & Rendezvous) about to explode into action, it's evident we're in the thick of the 2017 racing season. In fact, before we know it, the world's most talked-about superyachts will be heading for the glittery waters of the Mediterranean, eager to take part in Europe's longest-running superyacht regatta: The Superyacht Cup!
During the upcoming event, we'll be able to see the 32m fast cruising yacht Farfalla
(2015 World Superyacht Award winner) glide across the SYC start line for the very first time. This streamlined 'butterfly' hit an impressive 23 knots on her first delivery and is known to be nimble even in the lightest of winds. During the first superyacht regatta of the year, the New Zealand Millenium Cup, Farfalla
ended up on equal points with second place finisher, the 40m Janice of Wyoming.
A completely different animal, also in the run for Cup supremacy, is the 43m on-water warrior Samurai
. This record breaking racer was simply built for speed and as Mari-Cha IV
did exactly this. She broke the trans-Atlantic record (smashed last year by super maxi Comanche
) the Guadeloupe to Antigua record, the Hawaii Pacific Ocean record, and won the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, to name but a few. Even after her severe transition from stripped-out racing machine to superyacht, Samurai
is "still a weapon to sail", as said by her Captain. (1) Indeed, she's reached rip-roaring speeds of 36 knots, which is only five less than Mari-Cha IV
's max. Samurai
's conversion was carried out by silver sponsors Royal Huisman
- chosen by the owner because of the Dutch yard's reputation and brand pedigree.
Another entrant comfortable on the podium is the 40m Royal Huisman
built well-versed racer Maria Cattiva. During the 2012 edition of the regatta her jubilant owner and elated crew were awarded the coveted 'Big Bent Cleat'. The following year she pipped the 27m Claasen
Classic Atalante to the post, finishing second in Class 2. Atalante, a beautifully lined icon of the Hoek
-design drawing board, will also return this year -ready and revved to get her own back, there's no two ways about it!
Carbon fibre professionals Rondal
are loyal SYC supporters, much like Royal Huisman
, and have been sponsoring the regatta for many years. Apart from being bona fide racing enthusiasts, these spars and rigging experts have constructed the world's three largest one-piece carbon spars. These carbon virtuosos are currently working on Pink Gin VI
's five spreader mast. This Baltic
beast is, at 175ft, the world's biggest carbon fibre sloop.
(1) Quote originally appeared on www.boatinternational.com
Mon, 27 February 2017
A Different Breed of Boats
Surely, last year's participating sailors and race fans will remember The Big Class Day Sail, which added lashings of extra elan to what was already a spectacular event. We're very excited to announce that this next edition will again see a ravishing get-together of some of the most iconic vintage yachts. However, we'll be opening up this epic parade this year to more than just schooners, as we'll be inviting classics of all sizes to grace the Palma Bay as well. This will make for another fabulous viewing experience no doubt, either from shore or from the water.
One of the classics eager to return is the 55m Elena
, built in 2009 by Factoria Naval de Marin as a meticulously re-built replica of the first Elena
. Her predecessor finished in front at most of her early races against the crème de la crème of the American schooner fleet. The new Elena
slices through the water with the grace reminiscent of a former era and, as a regular racer, has claimed victories on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Superyacht Cup is a Clean Regatta
, which means we are part of the race to protect ocean health and actively push for a cut down on single-use plastic.
Sponsorship opportunities for this 2017 event are still available. Please get in touch for more info.
Mon, 27 February 2017
Improved VPP and Growing Line-Up for 2017 Superyacht Cup
Last week's New Zealand Millennium Cup not only saw Tawera - 28m of pure energy- sail hard to finish first, but also marked the start of the 2017 superyacht racing season. Next event on the big-boat racing calendar is the SuperYacht Challenge Antigua, which will no doubt also make for a compelling spectacle.
Meanwhile, in Palma de Mallorca, preparations are in full swing for the 21st edition of the Superyacht Cup, the longest-running regatta of its kind in Europe. While anticipation for this year's battle of giants is growing, our entry list continues to see more and more exciting yachts sign up, like the 27m Claasen
. This modern classic performance sloop was the first of the Truly Classic 90 series and made a splash in the international yachting community by taking home the 2007 Superyacht Design Award in the category Best Sailing Yacht 24-40m. Another award-winning competitor which hails from the Hoek Design
's drawing table is the 32m Irelanda
. We're thrilled to see her back in the bay as the last time she competed was in 2010. She hit the sweet spot that year, sneaking in ahead of the 27m Ithaka
to finish third in cruising class.
|We're thrilled to see the 32m Irelanda back to race this year, the last time she competed was in 2010. © Claire Matches|
A third promising contestant graced with the distinctly elegant Hoek
-look is the 39m Claasen
. She's the largest in the Truly Classic range to date and described by Andre Hoek as one of the best boats he's ever been involved with.
Pedigree yard and Silver Sponsor Claasen
are renowned for their delicious balance between traditional workmanship and the most modern of technologies. The shipyard is used to building performance boats and has constructed numerous past and present Superyacht Cup participants, including 2011 winner Drumfire
and the 35m Firefly
, she scored second in class the following year.Newly Improved VPP (Velocity Prediction Programme) for 2017 Racing Season
The ORCsy rule, in play since 2015, has consistently received the thumbs-up from both owners and sailors alike. As part of its commitment to continue developing the system, the ORCsy committee had its team of technicians attend each of the nine 2016 events to make on-site observations and improvements to the rule. As more was learned about the processes and application, the rating has been fine-tuned for this season accordingly. Only a few of the numerous new technical improvements include: a better evaluation of separation drag for deep keel boats and a more accurate windage assessment of gaff sail pans with a lot of rig. Along with the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA), ORC will carry on its efforts this year to develop and update this unique boat-measurement-based rating.
Mon, 30 January 2017