The 20th Anniversary of the Superyacht Cup Palma
22-25 June 2016
"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.
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More Spectacular Sailing on Race Day Two at Palma's Superyacht Cup


The Superyacht Cup's social scene, known to rival the insane on-the-water action, has already lived up to its reputation as last night's après-race partying went on long after the sails had been packed away. Apart from a lively atmosphere and full dance floor, this year's '20 Years of Rock' theme showed some sailors' hidden talents of playing air guitar and being able to rock back-combed hair. Especially team Tenaz made a fantastic effort. Furthermore, yesterday's shindig saw sailors involved in cheerful banter and enjoy what was probably the world's largest paella, to the soundtrack of Mama Kin's retro tunes. Apart from a great ending to a beautiful first day of racing, legendary memories have been made of another epic Superyacht Cup party.

The day dawned with clear blue skies and what promised to be another sun drenched day and saw the Regatta Village bustling bright and early with the owners, crew, friends, and guests of this year's 22 spectacular superyachts, spiritedly discussing today's tactics and keen to get their sail-hungry boats back out unto the bay.

Today's custom courses for Classes A, B and C, D were spread over 21.1 and 14.3 nm respectively and took advantage of today's conditions which had been predicted to be similar to yesterday's, with the sea breeze in the lower numbers, around 8 - 11 knots. Racing was scheduled to get underway at 13.00 and it was, again, the Farr designed 32m Sea Wave that crossed the line first, followed by the 45m Mari Cha III and the fiercely green-hulled 33m Inouï. New standards were being set at the start line with boats crossing one to three seconds off the gun. The aforementioned Inouï had a flyer, crossing the line at full pelt, bang on start time.

More spectacular sailing on race day two at Palma's Superyacht Cup. ©www.clairematches.com

The first mark saw the 32m Southern Wind Sea Wave round ahead of the fleet, chased by yesterday's Class A victor, the Baltic built Win Win and the exciting Vitters built Inouï. Although Sea Wave continued to lead and hit the second mark first, she was under pressure from the highly competitive Win Win who rounded 37 seconds later. Shortly afterwards, this light-weight racer managed to reel in Sea Wave and started to pull out a big lead rounding first the fourth and then the fifth mark first. She continued to smoke it and crossed the finish line first in Class A, eight minutes and 53 seconds ahead of the Vitters built 45m Unfurled on corrected time.

Class C saw some nail-bitingly close action with five boats (Stay Calm, Heartbeat, Firebird, Kiboko Dos and Tempus Fugit) rounding the first mark within one minute and nine seconds between each other. Incredible. It was however the 28m Southern Wind Kiboko Dos who snuck past her class competitors and screamed around the course leaving the 24m Swan Stay Calm fiercely trying to hunt her down. Kiboko Dos' sharp maneuvers and serious sailing secured the crew with a first bullet in Class C. A grinning Raimon Pascó, captain on board Kiboko Dos commented: "We had the same good feeling as we had with the boat yesterday, but today we're happier, obviously. I think the circuit was better and more interesting for us with more beats and downwinds than the day before. We did some good maneuvers this afternoon, the boat performed fantastically and the crew is great, so 'Todo Bien'."

Kiboko Dos' sharp maneuvers and serious sailing secured the crew with a first bullet in Class C. ©www.clairematches.com

In Class B Perini Navi rocket P2 proved she was here again on her A game as she edged out the 35m Sojana hitting the third mark two minutes and 55 seconds before her. She continued to storm ahead towards the fourth mark with Sojana in hot pursuit and rounded two minutes and 14 seconds ahead of her. Clearly in gear today she also powered around the fifth, Bahia 1, mark and finished first, three minutes and 26 seconds in front of runner up Ganesha.

In Class D the classic two-masted gaff schooner Mariette of 1915 put in another peak performance leading both the 42m first-timer Naema and the 60m stunningly elegant Germania Nova around the race course. She finished nine minutes and 42 seconds ahead of the classically elegant 42m gaff schooner Naema on corrected time.

P2 and Win Win, in Class A and B respectively, go into the final race with a lead of three points. In Class C Tempus Fugit holds the trump card, but with only 1 point separating this tenacious team from the 28m Kiboko Dos. In Class D two points separate Mariette of 1915 from second placed Naema

After racing, crew made a post debrief lay line for the Regatta Bar sponsored by Southern Spars or indeed continued battle back in port through paddle power, as especially for this year's 20th event, premium partners Pendennis are hosting a relay paddle board race as part of the shore side entertainment. Fancy dress encouraged!

For this year's 20th event premium partner Pendennis hosted a relay paddle board race. ©www.clairematches.com

Yacht owners and their guests were brought to the exclusive St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort to enjoy a delicious dinner, celebratory drinks, and great atmosphere. All traveled in style by Transfer Class, the leading company in vehicle rental, as well as the top provider of limousines and buses in the premium segment. With one group of guests on the South-West coast of the island and all other sailors in Superyacht Cup central, we're certain in both spots all talk will feature tomorrow's final day of sailing, as everything will come to the clinch in Saturday's ultimate showdown.

Racing is set to continue tomorrow with the first starting signal scheduled for 13.00 and coastal courses on the cards for all classes.

Connect with us through Twitter #SYC and Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the race course and / or stay up to speed by following the race live via TracTrac.

For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Win Win, P2, Tempus Fugit and Mariette Victorious on First Day of Racing


The past few days have seen some of the world's biggest names in sailing fly into pretty Palma de Mallorca and the yachts' crew make all necessary preparations to race this first, Pantaenius race. And if you block out the sound of rubbing fenders and flapping ensigns, you can almost hear the low growl of 22 race-ready yachts preparing to go into battle. Moreover, one wouldn't be surprised to see one captain ball his fist at another in mock aggression. As although the best of friends ashore, on the bay it's about smart tactics and slick maneuverings, and it's about who's boss.

This 20th edition boasts an entry list as wildly varied as ever, with superyachts ranging from the 24m freshly refitted Nautor Swan Stay Calm, (she'll be sailed hard by a super hot racing team whom regularly sail in the TP52 class) to this year's giant of the fleet: the 60m gaff-rigged schooner Germania Nova. This Superyacht Cup will be her very first regatta.

Aside from this being the first ever race for some very promising competitors, the Palma Bay will also be the stage for a showdown between a number of yachts who have been duking it out at previous regatta's. For instance the 45m Saudade and the 33m Win Win have been bow-to-bow at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta this month. We're sure both boats will be sailed hard and fast, determined to not give the other an inch this week.

Today's first Pantaenius race, saw champagne conditions and close battles on the Bay of Palma. ©www.clairematches.com

To ensure close racing between boats of similar speed, the fleet has been divided into four classes and for the second time this year the SYC will be implementing the ORC-sy rating rule. Tested and trialled last year and freshly revised for this year's regattas, this latest handicapping system is heavily based on objectivity and clarity. Additionally, this boat-measurement-based rating has proved itself to make for tight racing and has attracted the thumbs-up from event organisers, owners, captains, and crew.

The race committee opted for two exciting, separate courses, one for Classes A and B, and a slightly shorter one for Classes C and D. Both made the most of the superb conditions: today's menu served up a blazing sun, bright blue sky and a great day for superyacht racing with a predicted, stable 7-11 knots for the start line, and an even beefier 13-16 knots later in the afternoon.

Today's first Pantaenius Race got underway at 13.05 with yachts starting off the blocks at two minute staggered intervals and saw first-timer, the 32m Sea Wave power over the line first. She was followed by offshore-racer Mari Cha III and, the Vitters built, carbon missile Inouï. The lovely 31m Gaia got off to the best start, crossing an impressive two seconds after her start time. As the front of the fleet commenced to crowd towards the third, Bahia 1 mark, showing us some real close-knit action, it was the 33m fierce racer Inouï, who had the edge on the new and improved 45m Unfurled. She rounded only 19 seconds later, while being closely followed by Baltic built beauty Win Win.

However, by the time the front runners reached the fourth mark, the 33m Win Win had managed to snatch the lead and round ahead of the award-winning Unfurled and the 45m seasoned racer Saudade.

Class C saw some equally intense action as Kiboko Dos, Tempus Fugit, Firebird and Stay Calm rounded the fourth mark with, literally, only the skinniest of seconds between them. A mere four seconds came between the leading 29m Kiboko Dos and the Frers designed 25m Stay Calm, she rounded fourth. In Class B it was the performance Perini P2 which pipped the 35m Sojana and the 45m Salperton to the post rounding the same mark.

The drama ran a little deeper in Class D where the 60m traditional gaff-rigged schooner Germania Nova headed towards the second Pantaenius mark right after her start, which meant she had to turn back to round the first Alpha mark, which set her back. The stunning classic Mariette of 1915, a regular racer, sailed a particularly solid race, banging the right corners at the right times and hitting all marks ahead of her competitors: both the aforementioned Germania Nova and the 42m Naema. She finished eight minutes and 23 seconds on corrected time before this stunning 1930s replica schooner. Mariette's captain Charlie Wroe commented: "We've had three really good days sailing in the bay, leading up to today's first race and it went really well. We had a good start, it was lovely sailing out there and it's really good to see all the boats out there, powered up and going along. We're really happy."

In Class A it was the 33m Baltic flyer Win Win who was in great form and took top slot. We're sure the crew on this high-calibre sailing yacht will be hoping to repeat their stellar performance tomorrow. A beaming owner commented: "It was a great day today, although it was tough to maintain our speed against the big boats. I think we managed well but it was a fight, right up until the last minute. Saudade and Unfurled were our main competitors, just like in the Loro Piana. Saudade were ahead of us then, but we got them today. Let's see what we can do tomorrow."

The 33m Win Win was in great form today and took top slot in Class A. ©www.clairematches.com

Slick crew work and smooth sailing on board the powerful P2 was good for a first Class B win finishing one minutes and 38 seconds ahead of the 35m Sojana on corrected time. In Class C it was the 27m modern classic Tempus Fugit's day to wear the crown. She crossed the finish line two minutes and 18 seconds before first-timer Firebird, who took second.

Sponsors North Sails host today's Happy Hour at the Regatta Bar where chilled drinks and high-spirited banter will take the edge off this first nerve-racking day on the water. A quick stop back to the yacht will allow crew to swap those quick-dry shorts for leather trousers and studded boots, as to round off day one with aplomb we're hosting, the already much talked about, 20th Anniversary Dock Party: fancy dress theme '20 Years of Rock'. This epic evening will allow crew to release their inner Axl or Ozzy and show the rest of the fleet they rock the dance floor as much as they rule the race course.

Superyacht insurance specialists, Pantaenius, boast 40 years' experience providing yacht insurance to owners from all over the globe. With more than 80,000 satisfied clients and 12 offices on three continents, the company is the top yacht insurance provider in Europe and a crucial key-player in the superyacht industry. We are proud to have Pantaenius, a passionate supporter of the Cup since day one, return as a race partner for this year's Superyacht Cup.

Racing is set to continue tomorrow with the first starting signal scheduled for 13.00 and coastal courses on the cards for all classes.

The stunning 41m Mariette of 1915 charged home to take the win in Class D. ©www.clairematches.com

Connect with us through Twitter #SYC and Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the race course and / or stay up to speed by following the race live via TracTrac.

For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Palma de Mallorca Welcomes 22 Competitive Entries for 20th Superyacht Cup


We're thrilled to say that for this momentous 20th edition of The Superyacht Cup, the second biggest event on the superyacht racing calendar, we've got no less than 22 of the fastest superyachts looking fresh on the dock in the already buzzing SYC Regatta Village. With yachts fully tuned and owners and crew fired up to show who's boss on the bay, the scene is set for three days of electrifying racing. With yachts like the new Vitters-built 45m Unfurled, - launched amid much fanfare and already a winner, (she not only claimed first at the St Barths Bucket, but also won both the World Superyacht Award in the Sailing Yacht 45m and above category, as well as the 2016 Sailing Yacht of the Year Award), and the award-winning and record-breaking 45m Mari Cha III, known to have slammed speeds in excess of 30 knots, competition is going to be tough and tight. What's more, four of last year's podium finishers are back to fiercely defend their title, like the 45m sleek Wally Saudade, the Baltic-built beauty Win Win -designed to dominate on the race course- and the 46m Ganesha. A regular racer: her regatta results include wins at St Barths, Sardinia and Palma.

A debrief on board the 35m ketch Sojana, a high profile regular on the regatta circuit. ©www.clairematches.com

Additionally, we'll be able to marvel at three freshly launched boats, all ready to be pushed hard in order to edge out their more seasoned competitors. The 39m Atalante, which hails from the acclaimed Claasen yard is the largest Truly Classic to date. She was launched last summer and recently won the World Superyacht Award in the category Sailing Yachts 30m to 39.99m. With her Neptune prize proudly displayed on board, she will be taking part with an extra spring in her step. Another first timer is the 32m Southern Wind Sea Wave, with a clean sweep of three firsts she recently triumphed at the Rolex Capri International Regatta, the first race for both the boat and her owner. Newest boat on the block is the 27m Firebird: she's been training hard to be able to show what she's made of on the race course tomorrow.

Besides newbie boats, this year's incredible get-together includes plenty of tried-and-true SYC veterans, like the 24m Heartbeat (Claasen, Huisfit), designed by sponsors Hoek Design Naval Architects. This 2013 winner will be competing for the fourth consecutive time. Another regular racer in Palma is last year's Class B winner, the 33m Vitters-built Inouï. This dazzling carbon rocket also posted second place in Virgin Gorda this year, so will be another one to watch out for.

Although racing doesn't start until Thursday, classic sailing fans and lovers of things ridiculously beautiful were already treated this afternoon to a show stealing scene and positively epic event. The three vintage schooners competing this year: Mariette, Germania Nova and Naema were joined by five other gorgeous classic schooners to take part in the Big Class Day Sail. This display of a different breed of boats, famed for their grace and good looks and admired for their racing prowess made for an exquisite get-together and a unique experience for all spectators on shore and on the water.

The Big Class Day Sail saw eight stunning classic schooners gather on the Bay of Palma. ©www.clairematches.com

Aside being able to look forward to three days of tight racing, expect a fun filled social scene with lots of lively parties playing out both in and outside the Regatta Village. There is, for example, Thursday's 20th Anniversary Dock Party, which boasts a highly original fancy dress theme: '20 Years of Rock', and the more private owners' dinner hosted at the stunning St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, on Friday evening. This lovely luxury resort is tucked in between the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains and Palma's beautiful, turquoise bay.

Tonight, owners, guests and crew from all participating yachts will be able to enjoy our Welcome Cocktail Party which will feature well-known flamenco virtuoso's Benjamín 'Habichuela' and Josue Heredia. Surely the soulful tunes of this dynamic duo will get those fingers snapping and toes tapping. Catching up with fellow sailors and old friends will also add to the excitement for tomorrow's racing, no doubt.

We are delighted to see silver sponsors ZIS return to the event this year. They have a quarter of a century of experience in providing marine, property and corporate insurance for some of the most discerning clients in the world. Regardless of the location of a yacht, crew, or business, ZIS has the global reach to provide optimum cover and to act precisely when needed.

As in previous years, Superyacht Cup racing will be in the safe and trusted hands of MedAire. Their experienced team will provide medical cover on-site and will be at the ready with emergency response.

The fleet will sail three challenging coastal races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with racing scheduled to start at 13.00 tomorrow.

Connect with us through Twitter #SYC and Facebook (The Superyacht Cup) for real time updates of all the action on and off the race course and / or stay up to speed by following the race live via TracTrac.

Only one of the beautiful classic schooners that took part in the Big Class Day Sail today. ©www.clairematches.com

For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com
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