Superyacht Cup 2017 - a Tour de Force of Regatta Winning Potential
Even though we'll need to lie in wait for the 21st edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup, which will take place from the 21st until the 24th of June, the entry list is already shaping up to be a powerful tour de force of regatta-winning-potential! No less than eleven impressive superyachts have signed up so far, none of which are strangers to the big-boat regatta circuit. The 28m Reichel Pugh designed Kiboko Dos, for example, is a regular attendee and sailed a solid race during this year's event, taking third in Class C.
Another steadfast Superyacht Cup entrant is the 45m Wally Saudade. This seasoned racer will be participating for the fourth consecutive time. The 50m Borkumriff IV, designed by Dijkstra and built by the acclaimed Royal Huisman
shipyard, blasted around the Bay of Palma during our 2014 edition. We're excited to welcome each of the above boats back on the race course in June 2017!
|We're excited to welcome the Royal Huisman built 50m Borkumriff IV back next year. ©Roy Roberts|
This next event will, once more, see an irresistibly varied fleet. For performance based boats there will be plenty of competition to keep the most talented sailors on their toes, and eager spectators on the very edge of their seats.
The 33m Baltic
-built Win Win pulled out an impressive overall win this year, but whether this uncompromising carbon rocket will be able to hold on to her title for our next regatta remains to be seen. She'll be up against the likes of the 38m lion-like Perini P2. She was steered to victory three times this past year: during the Superyacht Cup with a 'not so shabby' three out of three wins. Another one to keep tabs on will be the recently launched 34m new-generation Nautor Swan built boat Highland Fling XV. She'll be taking part in this sailors' regatta for the first time.
Apart from Superyacht Cup sailing at its best, we'll be able to look forward to a lively social programme: expect to catch up with good friends old and new while enjoying great music, delicious food, relaxing happy hours and the epic parties regular SYC participants have become accustomed to.
As in previous years, race management will be in the expert hands of the prestigious Real Club Náutico de Palma. The new NOR, freshly updated for our 2017 edition, can be found online here
As places are limited we advise competitors keen to take on next year's challenge to register early.In A Class of its Own
The SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA
) has developed a brand new initiative: the Corinthian Spirit Class. This unique class focuses on fun low-key racing, through fewer regatta expenses, a streamlined handicapping process, and less preparations needed from the captain and crew in the lead-up to an event. This new class, which will also be implemented at the Superyacht Cup, aims to revive the atmosphere of the earlier Bucket regattas, making it foremost an enjoyable and friendly event. Additionally, it will be easier for owners to get their yachts 'race ready' which means they can 'just' turn up and sail while still being able to race competitively.Returning Sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca and St. Regis Mardavall
We're excited to announce that one of the island's leading shipyards, Astilleros de Mallorca
- builders of the iconic 65m three-masted schooner SY Adix - will be returning as silver sponsors. This well-known yard boasts having refit or repair work done on more than 120 yachts annually. Many of these have been seen slicing through the Superyacht Cup circuit, like the elegant 31m Gaia or the aforementioned previous event winner, Win Win. Additionally, the yard's been given prestigious awards such as Boat International's Superyacht Award for Best Refit.
We'll also be able to count on Preferred Hotel Partner, the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort
, to continue their on-going support. The St. Regis is a stunning resort framed by the Tramuntana Mountains, the luxurious marina of Puerto Portals and the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. Perfect for a luscious and luxurious escape before or after an adrenaline-fuelled three days of racing.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Jane Thompson at email@example.com
for more information.
Mon, 05 December 2016
Palma's 20th Superyacht Cup, A Hard Act to Follow
The Superyacht Cup, firm favourite with owners and sailors alike, has not only become the second-biggest event on the superyacht sailing calendar, but is also the longest running regatta of its kind in Europe. An exhilarating four-day event which perfectly mixes fun times with fierce racing in the Mediterranean's most popular superyacht haunt, pretty Palma de Mallorca. An island known not only for its sun-drenched days but also for its beautiful bay, which because of its particular shape delivers a blissfully consistent sea breeze. Saudade's
tacticien, Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Bouwe Bekking agrees: "We're happy how we sailed and of course the event is very nice and I think the owner will be back next year as well. Sailing-wise Palma is one of the best places in the world and very well served for superyachts."
This extra special 20th Superyacht Cup came to a truly spectacular close yesterday afternoon, with a jubilant crowd cheering on the grinning sailors of the nine winning teams who took it in turns to storm the Superyacht Cup stage. After three days of hair-raising action it was the 33m Baltic
built Win Win
who claimed overall victory this year. An ecstatic Clive Walker, captain on board this carbon rocket, commented: "I've got a huge smile on my face. We've been trying to win a regatta ever since we launched the boat two years ago and we've finally done it, which is a huge relief. To be part of this team for the last eight years and having won with the old boat (Scorpione dei Mari
) as well is incredible, just fantastic. A win-win situation!"P2
, with three bullets to her name, was the undisputed winner in Class B. In classic Class D it was the gleaming Herreshoff designed Mariette of 1915
who, also with a perfect score of three firsts, championed. In Class C the lovely Tempus Fugit
proved victorious. No mean feat as she was up against a regular racer: the Vitters
and the ridiculously fast 35m Sojana
. This speed balling boat recorded one of the highest speeds over the past few days, a whopping 17.98 knots, -she ended up clinching third. With all 22 competitors divided across four classes, racing was close and saw fast boats fighting tight battles. The ORCsy handicapping rule which was used at The Superyacht Cup again this year, also helped to turn out some of the tightest and most dramatic superyacht racing to date.
|In classic Class D it was the gleaming Herreshoff designed Mariette who championed. ©www.clairematches.com|
Yesterday's final race day saw light conditions yet exciting sailing which perfectly rounded off three days of rip-roaring regatta action. Big boat races are close-knit affairs, which bring together the best of the world's professional sailing talent with experienced enthusiasts. As the sun went down on this 20th edition, hundreds of happy Superyacht Cuppers will have made new friends and will be taking home sunny memories of yet another thrilling and fun-filled event. The 24m petite performer and Claasen
built Hearbeat's owner/tactician enthused: "The spirit is good, I just love it, it's good racing, tight racing and very well organized. We're very happy to be here every year. Unfortunately we'll have to go back to Holland for refit so we won't be here next year, but in 2018 we'll be back to have some more fun and try and win again, just as we did in 2013!"
Although this edition's line-up saw a number of freshly launched boats and first timers running around the race-course, this year's fleet was also made up of tried and tested Cup veterans which have been returning to the island year after year for the regatta's solid sea breeze, relaxed ambiance and social events to match the on-the-water-action. The high performing, award-winning 28m Kiboko Dos
for example, she claimed third in Class C, competed for the third consecutive time this year.
Our much talked about party themed '20 Years of Rock', showed us a good amount of sailors rock the dance floor as much as they ruled on the race course. Owners and their guests were able to enjoy a thoughtfully prepared three course dinner, at what is, without a doubt, one of the loveliest dinner venues in the Mediterranean: The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca
. Thursday and Friday's happy hours served up cold drinks to dilute the stress after three riveting hours on the race course and saw everyone from newbie crew to seasoned sailors discuss different takes on the day's performance. Additionally, oodles of the most talented sailors could be seen chatting at the bar, with a beer in hand and a smile on their faces.
We would like to thank all the yachts of this year's wildly diverse fleet for the past three days of hair raising sailing and of course our sponsors who have each helped make this edition another all-round success. And while we say 'Hasta Luego' to another memorable edition of The Superyacht Cup, a regatta where the atmosphere is relaxed, the sailing fast and the dock-side fun a given, we are already looking forward to seeing the world's most gorgeous yachts take part in our next edition, June 2017. And although this 20th regatta will be a hard act to follow, plenty of competitors have already said they wouldn't want to miss out on next year's racing, we're sure all fans of superyacht sailing will wholeheartedly agree!
|Highlight of Saturday's prize giving was of course the announcement of Win Win taking overall victory this year. ©www.clairematches.com|
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Mon, 27 June 2016
Carbon Flyer Win Win Fastest of the Fleet and Overall Winner of the Superyacht Cup 2016
This year's 22-strong fleet is teeming with the latest flyers, carbon rockets, and offshore racers. Moreover, most competing yachts boast having some of the biggest names in sailing on board. From America's Cup supremos to Olympic champions: stunning entries are handled by the world's racing elite. No surprise then that the past two days has seen some hot racing, bold tactics, slick crew work and battles so close they made the hair on the back of our necks stand up! Doubtlessly both the most seasoned sailors, as those new to racing, were eager to get every inch of speed out of the boats on today's deciding day of racing.
Racing was expected to face light winds today, between 8-12 knots at the start line and an even lighter 6-10, from approximately 14.00 onwards. The race committee decided on two highly tactical courses, a 20.6 nm course for Class A and a 17.8 nm course for Classes B, C and D. Both had the fleet fighting for lanes and the safety officers extra watchful as all yachts sailed hard to edge out the, equally as ambitious, competition.
Racing got underway at 13.00 and saw Sea Wave
, she took third yesterday, round the downwind mark first, followed closely by Mari Cha III
and the Vitters
|P2, known for smoking it on the race course, repeated her stellar performance from Thursday and yesterday. ©www.clairematches.com|
In Class A the 32m Sea Wave
was the first to round Alpha, ahead of Mari Cha III
and Inouï. Mari Cha III
however caught up with Sea Wave
rounded the second, Illetas, mark first. Shortly after it was the feisty flyer Win Win,
who forged through the fleet and hit the third mark ahead of both the 45m Vitters
and the 33m Inouï
. The 45m Vitters
showed an impressive turn of speed as she took the upper hand and hit the fourth mark ahead of Saudade
and Win Win
. She then went on to cross the finish line one minute and 4 seconds ahead of the 45m Wally Saudade
In Class B the 38m P2
, known for smoking it on the race course, managed to slip away from the chasing pack and rounded the third Porrasa mark first, one minute and 45 seconds in front of the 35m Sojana
, also no stranger on the regatta scene. She continued to power around the fourth mark as well as over the finish line ahead of the 46m Ganesha
, who's sailed in most of the major regattas and has taken her fair share of podium glory.
In Class C the freshly launched 27m Firebird
held her own and charged around the second and third mark first, leaving both Thursday's and Friday's Class winners, Tempus Fugit
and Kiboko Dos
, trying to hunt her down. Yesterday's champion however, the 28m Kiboko Dos
, managed to reel her in and rounded the fourth mark one minute and 44 seconds ahead of her and subsequently stormed on to cross the finish line first.
|The 27m Tempus Fugit certainly combined speed with style as she took today's race and Class win. ©www.clairematches.com|
Class D saw the regular racer Mariette of 1915
round the first two marks ahead of Naema
60m Germania Nova
. The latter however proved unstoppable as she closed in fast and hit the third mark two minutes and two seconds ahead of the 41m Mariette
. She continued to sail a solid race, gunning it around the fourth mark and the finish, crossing three minutes and 49 seconds ahead of the 41m Herreshoff designed classic. The seasoned sailors on Germania
deserved their day in the sun as they took a detour on day one and suffered from a spectacular spinnaker blow the second.
After corrections were applied the final calls were made and in Class A it was the 45m Unfurled
who kept their focus under the weight of final day pressure. However it was the fiery Win Win
who claimed the Class win. In Class B the 38m powerful P2
repeated her stellar performance from Thursday and
yesterday and consequently took both the race, as well as Class victory. Slick crew maneuverings and smooth sailing in Class C saw the 27m Tempus Fugit
scream home to champion during the race and in her Class overall, while the 41m Mariette
again, was top dog in Class D.
A big, loud cheer goes out to the Baltic Yachts
built 33m Win Win
, who, devoured the race course during the first two days and, is officially the overall winner of The Superyacht Cup 2016!
This 20th regatta was topped off with a spirited prize-giving ceremony, which saw hundreds of happy owners, friends, captains and crew concentrated in The Superyacht Cup's main tent, still enthusiastically discussing today's exhilarating racing.
|The 41m Mariette of 1915 triumphed in today's race and claimed first in Class. ©www.clairematches.com|
As first, second and third prizes were awarded in each class, big groups of grinning sailors took to the stage to a soundtrack of loud whistles and woo's from the convivial crowd. Competitors were thanked for the past three days of close action and promises were made of a return to fiercely defend their hard-fought titles. Highlight was without a doubt the official announcement of this edition's overall winner, the 33m wild card Win Win
. The coveted, newly re-styled and revamped, 'Big Bent Cleat' was held high with victor's pride by her beaming owner, to the roaring applause of the world's biggest fans of racing.
The Superyacht Cup also presented a cheque of 11,000 Euros to the long running local charity Joves Navegants
. Initiated by an enthusiastic group of sailors, the foundation reaches out to the island's underprivileged boys and girls through the practice of sailing. Last year's donation enabled eight young adults, who are in a drug dependency recovery programme, to set sail on the beautiful 21m Galaxie
: getting stuck into everything from boat maintenance and sail preparation to all sorts of exciting maneuvers at sea. No doubt, this year's contribution will be put to equally good use.
As the sun sets on the SYC Regatta Village on this last day of racing, owners, race crew, industry titans, family and friends shake hands and congratulate each other on a job well done. Certainly all will be taking home some lasting memories of what has proved to be yet another successful Superyacht Cup, filled with sunshine, tight racing, and plenty of smiling faces.
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Sat, 25 June 2016