Superyacht Cup News

Three Exciting New Entrants Join Superyacht Cup Fleet


At the time of writing 17 awe-inspiring superyachts will be taking up this year's challenge. Race enthusiasts will be able to look forward to a stellar fleet, not to mention tight racing and, as most entries will have been whipped into shape by virtue of the St Barths Bucket and/or Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, a showdown which will be all the more exciting. Take for example four of the world's most beautiful classic racing yachts: Svea (44m), Ranger (41m), Topaz (43) and Velsheda (38m) - Svea may have had the upper hand in St Barths, the upcoming Superyacht Cup will be Topaz and Velsheda's chance to turn the tables.

There's also plenty of excitement set for the superyacht classes. A new entrant bound to make this year's performance-based boats nervous is first-timer Highland Fling 15 (35m), and rightly so. Lauded as the ultimate 'performance-Swan', her plumb bow, wide stern and twin rudders scream speed, power and agility. That this speedster's bark is as bad as her bite is clear from her prior successes, like her class-win at last year's America's Cup Superyacht Regatta.

First-timer Highland Fling, the ultimate 'performance Swan'. ©Carlo Borlenghi, photo courtesy of Nautor Swan

The on-water warrior Mari Cha III (45m) has also set her sights on overall victory. Outmanoeuvring Mari Cha III will be no mean feat as sailing all-out is second nature to her. She beat the Transatlantic Record in 1998 and the Sydney to Hobart in 1999, hitting speeds in excess of 30 knots. Christian Lay, captain on board, commented: "We've made a big effort to reunite highly experienced pros with past and present permanent crew. Consistent winds, a great race committee and perfectly located with plenty of hotels and restaurants: The Superyacht Cup, for us, is the Mediterranean's premier superyacht regatta." 


The on-water warrior Mari Cha III has also set her sights on overall victory. @www.clairematches.com

Other yachts, such as our latest entry Bliss (37m), have been out of the racing scene for a few years. Bliss' captain Richard Allingham enthused: "We have been cruising the Pacific and SE Asia for the last four years so competing in The Superyacht Cup is a welcome return to the Mediterranean and, of course, an exciting way to experience Mallorca's finest."
Bliss' absence on the regatta circuit doesn't mean she's not a force to be reckoned with. This award-winning Dubois-design was just two points short of winning the last regatta she competed in: the 2015 New Zealand Millennium Cup.

Also new to the regatta are Axopar and Hartman, providers of this year's official spectator, press and hospitality boats, and Silver Sponsors Boat International Owners Club and NetJets. Boat International Owners Club delivers a portfolio of world-class events and experiences that entertain superyacht owners, their friends and family members. NetJets is the world's leading business aviation company, flying 700 aircrafts to 5,000 destinations worldwide.

We would additionally like to pay tribute to returning 'Destination Partner' 100% Pure New Zealand. With the regatta's reputation for attracting superyachts with a competitive edge, as well as a desire to push boundaries, it is the perfect match for New Zealand: an adventure playground for yachts wishing to explore further and expand their horizons beyond the traditional Mediterranean and Caribbean cruising grounds. The New Zealand team will be present during the event to introduce captains and owners to this world-class cruising destination.

Superyacht Cup Palma is off to a flying start this year


The New Zealand Millennium Cup, which concludes tomorrow, marks the start of the superyacht racing season, not to mention the beginning of the countdown to The Superyacht Cup Palma, one of the most hotly anticipated events on the superyacht sailing calendar.

Although racing is still six months away, this year's entry list already boasts some of the most legendary yachts on the regatta circuit. Moreover, first-time and veteran entrants are not only coming in quick but there are only 20 berths available in the Regatta Village. Captains keen to secure their slice of the action are advised to contact kate@thesuperyachtcup.com for an entry form soon. The 2018 Superyacht Cup Palma Notice of Race can be found on the event website here.

A number of the yachts returning to race in Palma are Hoek designs, distinctive with their trademark 'Hoek look'. These include, Atalante (38.8), competing for a third consecutive time, Svea, one of this year's illustrious J-Class competitors, and the mighty Athos. At 62m overall and 10.9m across, Athos weighs in at 370 tonnes. Her 1,980-square metre upwind sail area required Rondal to build what was their tallest carbon rig at the time of stepping. At least as impressive is the four-year world cruise Athos has just completed. During the epic journey this icon of the Hoek drawing board visited some of the tiniest and most remote Pacific islands.

The mighty Athos during the 2011 edition of the SYC. www.clairematches.com

Aside from welcoming back some incredible yachts we're proud to announce that insurance specialist Pantaenius, a passionate supporter of the regatta since day one, will return as a partner. What's more, the Pantaenius Race, the first of three superyacht races, will take place for the 7th year in a row.

Pantaenius boasts nearly 50 years of experience providing yacht insurance to owners from all corners of the globe. With almost 100.000 satisfied clients and twelve offices on three continents, the company is the top yacht insurance provider in Europe and a crucial key-player in the superyacht industry. The Pantaenius team will be on-site during the event to answer any questions.

Pantaenius have been supporting The SYC since day one. Photo courtesy of Pantaenius.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all other returning sponsors: St. Regis, 100% Pure New Zealand, Baltic Yachts, Pendennis, Astilleros de Mallorca, Claasen Shipyards, Gottifredi Maffioli, Reckmann, Rondal, STP and Happy Hour sponsors North Sails and Southern Spars.

Join the race to restore ocean health
The Superyacht Cup is the first superyacht regatta to engage crews and owners in joining the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regattas programme. Marja Kok is a Palma-based superyacht captain, she is already involved with protecting the waters we love and is interested in gauging crew habits, thoughts and awareness through this questionnaire. Please take a few minutes to complete her survey on behalf of the yacht you work on.

2018 Superyacht Cup Palma fleet is already a heady mix of racing prestige


The 22nd edition of The Superyacht Cup Palma, scheduled from 19-23 June next year, is shaping up to be one of yachting's hottest events of the year. Entries are coming in thick and fast, plus the majestic J-Class are making a comeback, adding Europe's longest running and largest superyacht regatta to their 2018 calendar.

Their return is a real treat, as the last time we welcomed the illustrious J-Class yachts to The Superyacht Cup was in 2014. Js already signed up include Velsheda (38m), Ranger (41m), Topaz (43m) and Svea (44m), the latest addition to the J-Class fleet. Sailing aficionados can rejoice as J-Class racing at The Superyacht Cup will take place over four days.

The last time we welcomed the illustrious J-Class yachts to the SYC was in 2014. ©www.clairematches.com

Additionally, no fewer than thirteen superyachts have set their sights on an overall win next year, with most already comfortably familiar with podium-glory. A case in point is the 45m Wally Saudade. This accomplished competitor came third in class during our 2017 edition and boasts a hat-trick of three back-to-back Loro Piana wins. Another competitor accustomed to racing fame is the 33m Inouï, a standout both for the colour scheme and the crew's skill on the race course.

The 32m Frers-designed Bolero is another competitor that comes alive on the race track. The team deftly swept the board at the SYC in 2017, securing undisputed overall victory. They will be back to defend their hard-fought title next year.

For performance oriented teams, there will be plenty of competition to keep pros on their toes and superyacht racing fans on the edge of their seats. Win Win, the Baltic built flyer will be back, putting the team's crew work and tactical skills to the test again in a bid to repeat their 2017 victory in Class A.

Second place finisher Ribelle, a 34m lightweight speedster, will also be jostling for honours. Captain Federico Biatturi is relishing the prospect: "All five of us were very close, of course we will be back and we will try and win next time!"

With four of the above superyachts returning, the competition will be on!

Second place finisher Ribelle, a 33m lightweight speedster, will also be jostling for honours. ©www.clairematches.com

On top of the thrills and spills of Superyacht Cup racing, the event's famous social programme and signature laid-back atmosphere are also on the agenda. Catch up with friends during the high-spirited happy hours, make new business connections, network and have fun.

As in previous years, race management will be in the expert hands of the prestigious Real Club Náutico de Palma and the 2018 Superyacht Cup Palma Notice of Race can be found on the event website.

Last but not least, we would like to thank our loyal partners, St. Regis, Pendennis, Pantaenius, 100% Pure New ZealandGottifredi Maffioli and Reckmann for their continued support in helping us make The Superyacht Cup Palma an annual yachting highlight. Our 2018 sponsors will benefit from an enhanced PR and Commercial team put in place to raise the regatta's international profile.

Stay tuned for more news and entries to be announced in January 2018. Until then, the team at The Superyacht Cup Palma wish you a very happy holiday season.

2017 Superyacht Cup Ends on a High


The Superyacht Cup, a regatta renowned for its warm atmosphere and fierce racing, is not only one of the most hotly anticipated events on the superyacht sailing circuit, but also the longest running regatta of its kind in Europe. Moreover, this thrilling four-day event unites sailors from all corners of the globe and boasts being a regatta where the camaraderie on board, and between boats, always reigns supreme.

This 21st edition of the Superyacht Cup has come to a spectacular end and after three days of riveting racing it was the 32m Bolero, a supremely fast boat, who artfully swept past her competitors and managed to keep her cool under 'deciding-day pressure'. The crew's consistency was the beautiful blue-hulled Bolero's trump card which cinched her well-deserved race and class wins on both Thursday and Friday.

The 32m Bolero, a supremely fast boat, is the overall winner of the Superyacht Cup 2017. ©www.clairematches.com

However, with a number of highly race-orientated superyachts out on the water, competition was, by nature, going to be tough. Yachts like the bone fide flyer Saudade, who although not as young as most of her rivals, proves time and again she's still the boat to beat, and fast racer Ribelle, with her carbon hull and high-tech racing wardrobe, were a hard act to follow. And although the Frers-designed Bolero put up a solid performance it was no mean feat to fight off the chasing 27,5m Atalante 1 and the 39m Atalante, both built by Hoek and built by Claasen. The two, extremely elegant, sisters had been sailing at full throttle in order to try and hunt her down.

The crew of the Frers- designed Bolero enjoying their spotlight moment. ©www.clairematches.com

Apart from being able to revel in watching some of the world's most beautiful sailing yachts glide around the bay, the conditions were also glorious; every day dawned with a picture-perfect Palma sky, and a reasonably good building breeze which meant the sailing sparkled on every single day of the event. Saudade's tactician, Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking concurs: "the conditions are always superb, here you have guaranteed breeze. It's really nice to come racing over here. It's what the owners want and it's what we want, as you're guaranteed to go racing"

As every year, our dock side social programme was as important as the excitement on the water. Yacht owners and race crew enjoyed the Pendennis Paddleboard Challenge as well as the lively happy-hours sponsored by North Sails and Southern Spars which continued long after the day's winners had been announced. Highlights this year were of course the annual SYC Dock Party and the Owners' Mid-Summer BBQ at the stunning St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca. Bouwe Bekking summarized the overall atmosphere by saying: "It's a really relaxed regatta. After racing there's a very nice ambiance on the dock, the atmosphere is really laid-back and everyone has a really good time."

The Pendennis paddle board relay race proved, again, to be a crowd-puller this year. ©www.clairematches.com

On a final note, we would like to thank our sponsors who have supported us in making this year's edition yet another memorable event. We hope to be able to welcome not only said sponsors but also our loyal fans and the beautiful boats that competed this year, back for our 2018 edition.

Official clothing sponsor, Code Zero, have created a powerful collection for this year's regatta boasting bright colours, as well as unique designs inspired by superyacht racing. If you didn't get the chance to browse their collection on-site, you can still purchase their limited edition garments online here.

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

Chapeau Bolero - Overall Winner of Palma's Superyacht Cup 2017


This morning's on board briefing saw concentrated faces on the aft-deck going into today's deciding St. Regis Mardavall Resort Race.

The race committee sent the fleet on two riveting custom courses ranging between 17 and 22nm, which befitted today's menu of light winds (varying between six and ten knots). The shorter 17nm course was sailed by the awe-inspiring yachts in Class B.

Two was the magic number this morning as in Class A Win Win went into today's race holding a two point lead over second placed Saudade. This well-powered Wally was separated from Ribelle (who sat in third) also with two points. In Class B Bolero went into this third race with a margin of two points over Atalante 1. Two points also stood between this stunning Truly Classic and her newer, bigger sister Atalante.

The first boat (the 32m Southern Wind Farfalla) slid over the line at 13.05, as it were the highly-competitive yachts in Class A that got racing underway today. The 34m Ribelle led the fleet with gusto around the first, second and third mark with Farfalla and the 33m Win Win in hot pursuit! Southern Wind Farfalla ducked behind Win Win on her way to mark three, which resulted in Win Win rounding five minutes and eleven seconds before her, as well as Farfalla dropping two places. A tough tussle ensued between the 34m Ribelle and the Baltic-built Win Win as they sailed neck-and-neck towards the fifth, Aranol, mark, which the uncompromising Win Win managed to round a hair-raising 32 seconds first. Previous event-winner Win Win was unstoppable as she flew over the finish line a mere 39 seconds before the newly-launched Ribelle.

A fierce battle ensued today in Class A between the 33m Win Win and the 34m Ribelle. ©www.clairematches.com

In Class B the impeccably turned out Atalante blazed the trail with Claasen-classic Atalante 1 and the 46m Windrose of Amsterdam trying to hunt her down. The leading pack bunched up while rounding mark two but it was the aforementioned 39m Atalante, designed by Hoek which kept control of the class and rounded ahead of her adversaries. After the third mark she stretched her legs and seriously got into gear speeding over the finish line 13 minutes and one second ahead of her namesake, the beautiful Atalante 1, who slipped across second.

The delightful 27.5m Atalante 1 sailed a flawless race today and captured Class B. ©www.clairematches.com

After corrections were applied, the final calls were made and it was the 33m Win Win who's powerful performance over the last three days consolidated her Class A win by 2 points over second place finisher Ribelle. The latter, a sparkling new yacht designed by Malcolm McKeon, captured Class A today. Captain Federico Biatturi was pleased: "It's been a great pleasure to see her perform so well. We fixed several issues after Loro Piana (her debut regatta) and blew a winch on day one. This set us back but we won first today and second yesterday. It's a great experience and Palma is always a great place to be, a lot of fun" About the close racing this afternoon Biatturi said: "All five of us were very close, of course we will be back and we will try and win it next time!".

In Class B the delightful 27.5m Atalante 1 sailed a flawless race, not leaving a second behind on the race course, which put victory in the bag for this modern classic. However, the overall class win went to welcome return competitor Bolero. Moreover, elegant sail-handling on both Race Day one and two by this sophisticated Frers-sloop resulted in her to officially become the overall winner of The Superyacht Cup 2017! On learning team Bolero had bagged overall victory, a beaming captain commented that: "winning the regatta this year was the cherry on the cake."

This 21st edition of the regatta concluded spectacularly with a festive prize-giving ceremony, which saw all the competing yachts empty and the Superyacht Cup's main tent packed with hundreds of smiling sailors, still enthusiastically talking about today's exhilarating racing.

Teams of at least 20 beaming sailors besieged the stage as 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded in each class. Amidst the cacophony of whistles and bravo's from the convivial crowd, opponents were assured they would be able to get their own back during our 2018 edition. The best part of the evening was, beyond question, the announcement of this year's overall winner, the 32m Bolero!

The Superyacht Cup and its competitors also presented a cheque of 5,000€ to the long running local charity Joves Navegants. Initiated by an enthusiastic group of sailors, the foundation reaches out to some of the island's less privileged boys and girls through the practice of sailing.

While the winning teams embark on a big celebratory night out, the sun set spectacularly on the Regatta Village, marking the close of another sunny and highly successful edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup.

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

Another Boisterous Day's Racing on the Bay of Palma


Palma's Superyacht Cup doesn't only bring sailors together from all corners of the globe, but is also an event where the camaraderie plays a pivotal role in the regatta's enjoyment. This was most evident during last night's lively SYC Dock Party, where owners, guests and crew got to rub shoulders, relax  and talk 'sailing', to a vibrant soundtrack of the Hogan House Band's uplifting tunes.

Hot sunshine and nice sailing conditions mid-afternoon set the scene for today's second day of racing. The race committee elected an exciting course for each class ranging from 20-25nm, the first, shorter course was sailed by Class B. Both options not only suited today's light conditions but also saw the competition tussling for lanes and safety officers having to keep their eyes peeled. And while the 33m defending champion Win Win and 32m return competitor Bolero came out on top during Race Day One, today could easily see yesterday's non-winners' appetite for victory return the results, securing their spot on the podium.

Racing kicked off at 13.00 and saw the 32m Southern Wind Farfalla get off to a flying start, gliding over the start line two seconds after schedule. The talk of the regatta this year, newbie boat Ribelle, staunchly held on to her lead since the start while she rounded the third (Bahia 1) mark in Class A. However yesterday's top dog Win Win crept up from behind, which resulted in a thrilling overtaking maneuver putting this Baltic built beauty at the head of the pack while rounding mark 4. The next point was as exhilarating as top-gun-trio Win Win, Ribelle and, now, Saudade all rounded within 2 minutes and 7 seconds of each other. Top performer Win Win refused to back down today and slipped over the finish ahead of Ribelle and Saudade, who crossed second and third respectively.

The beautiful modern classic Bolero prevailed again today in Class B. www.clairematches.com

Class B saw yesterday's ruler Bolero maintain her front position albeit with Atalante and Atalante 1, both designed by Hoek and built by Claasen, breathing down her neck, showing us some proper sibling rivalry. The 39m Atalante, flagship of the Truly Classic range, made a bold and early move into clear air which served her well, as she managed to edge out Bolero, rounding mark 4. At this stage the 46m Windrose of Amsterdam, which has sailing legend Bubi Sansó at the helm, had muscled her way into third. The award-winning Atalante kept her leading position and proved her Dutch sailing creds by flying over the finish line first, followed by the 32m Bolero and 46m Windrose of Amsterdam. However, although this classic-style stunner was first over the line, she was not the elapsed time victor. This was the 32m Bolero, a yacht that has proved to be far from the average. She sailed a solid race and thus takes top slot in Class B. Bolero's owner recalls: "Today was a wonderful day. We have a great crew, very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the race very much, it was perfect, and another win today, so a great day for me and the crew." About second place finisher Atalante 1 he commented: "They were chasing us all the time and tried their best to catch up with us, but did not succeed today, but you never know what can happen tomorrow."

In Class A it was the racing-attuned 33m Win Win who ended up with the same amount of points (2) as the fast and sleek 34m Ribelle.

The 33m Win Win not only stormed over the finish line first but also kept her position from yesterday. www.clairematches.com

Sponsors North Sails host today's Happy Hour at the Regatta Bar, where cooling drinks will take the bite out of a very tense second day out on the water. The Daily Race Awards will take place at 18.00. As soon as today's heroes have soaked up their moment in the spotlight, we're sure most sailors will want to cheer on the gung-ho sailors competing in the paddle-powered relay-race, hosted by Pendennis.

While tales of the day's adventures are swapped back on the dock, owners will be heading to the stunning St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca, to enjoy tonight's Mid-Summer BBQ. Although this spectacular event will feature delicious food as well as an unforgettable view of the jewel-toned Bay of Palma, we're certain tomorrow's last day of racing will be the most talked-about topic.

Connect with us through Twitter #SuperyachtCup or Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the racecourse 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 and Bolero Take No Prisoners on First Day of Racing


As most owners and sailors know each other from having gone head-to-head at previous editions, last night's 'Welcome Cocktail' (celebrating the 75th anniversary of silver sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca) was abundant with animated catch-ups and the clinking of glasses. Needless to say, today's racing was yesterday's hottest topic as anticipation has been long-brewing for this first, Pantaenius Race.

For the 34m fully carbon-built Ribelle today will mark her very first spin on the SYC-circuit. She'll be roaring to show her adversaries she's as impressive on the racecourse, as she looks in port. However, for many other competitors, the regatta will serve as the perfect opportunity to sail hard in order to get revenge, or hold on to newly accomplished triumphs. The 32m Farfalla, built by Southern Wind and designed by Farr, took third in this year's New Zealand Millennium Cup. Last year's victor, the 33m Baltic-built Win Win, not only boasts having many racing miles under her keel, but claimed a Class A win during the St. Barths Bucket, which took place in March.

Today saw a sea breeze build to approximately 10 knots for the start line with the fleet facing patchy wind conditions throughout the afternoon. The race committee selected course 4 for both classes, but as the conditions were lighter than expected class B was shortened, while class A went on to complete the full distance. Racing commenced at 13.00 and saw the 32m Frers- designed Bolero slip over the start line first. Bravo to the 33m Win Win who got off to a champion start crossing the line a mere two seconds after her start time. It was indeed also this Baltic Yachts -built flyer who snatched the lead from Ribelle while rounding the third Porrasa mark. The sparkling new 34m Ribelle had rounded mark one and two first, with the aforementioned Win Win and repeat contender Saudade hot on her heels, treating us to some real tight racing. Fierce racer Win Win kept her fast pace and sped over the finish line ahead of Ribelle and the 45m Saudade, which boasts having Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking on tactics.

The 33m Win Win, a real racer, captured Class A today. ©www.clairematches.com

The action in Class B started with a duel between the 32m modern classic Bolero and the Claasen classic Atalante. The latter rounded the first three marks ahead of the Frers-designed sloop, while This is Us and Atalante 1 rounded Illetas with a nerve-racking 18 seconds between them. The award-winning 38.8m Hoek-designed Atalante, firmly held on to her lead throughout the course and finished first, but was followed by her smaller sibling and namesake Atalante 1, who had managed to creep in front of the 32m Bolero.

In Class A it was the 33m Win Win who, again, proved she performs every bit as well as she looks. We're sure the well-gelled sailors on this stunner produced by Baltic will be hoping to repeat their stand-out performance tomorrow. She finished 4 minutes and 46 seconds ahead of Saudade on corrected time. Captain Ryan Taylor commented on today's racing that: "conditions were tricky, winds were fluky, both left and right sides. The top mark was a tough rounding, we had a couple of dead spots, but we corrected ourselves and it ended up being really nice racing out there today." On Win Win's ongoing battle with Saudade Taylor quipped: "They've always been close competition, and they always will be. They'll be strong rivals for the next two days for sure"

The 32m Bolero is not only a beautiful looking yacht but was also a rocket on the circuit today. She stormed across the finish line 1 minute before the 27.5m Atalante 1, who took second.

The 32m Bolero, certainly no back up dancer, emerged victorious in Class B. ©www.clairematches.com

Still buzzing from today's action, sailors will be able to ardently discuss today's racing in the SYC tent, whilst enjoying chilled drinks provided by Southern Spars. The Daily Race Awards, deservedly putting Bolero and Win Win in the limelight, will take place at 18.00. The prize giving will make for the perfect warm-up for the annual SYC Dock Party, which will follow afterwards, and will undoubtedly end up being a night to remember.

Connect with us through Twitter #SuperyachtCup and Facebook for real time updates of all the fun and games, both on and off the racecourse. For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Superyacht insurance specialists, Pantaenius, boast 40 years' experience providing yacht insurance to owners from all corners of the globe. With more than 80.000 satisfied clients and twelve 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 this year.

Gloves Are Off for 2017 Edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup


Interiors have been stowed, winches have been serviced, and cruising sails have been stored away for later use. Yachts are primed for action and crew members have been perfecting their sailing maneuvers, as well as picking the brains of local racing virtuosos. The heads of this year's participating sailors are in the game and set to race and win Palma's 21st edition of the Superyacht Cup.

Weather-wise the coming days are expected to face fairly light winds, so sailing will depend on Palma's trademark sea breeze, which normally builds daily from just before noon. Patches of 'softer breeze' are also anticipated, making for an added challenge for the yachts' tacticians. The menu for today's competitors that went out training served up a 6-14 knot sea breeze and good mid-afternoon sailing conditions.

Previous event victor, the 33m Win Win, capable of some very quick speeds, out training today. www.clairematches.com

The entrants in this year's fleet add up to a total of 362 metres of sailing enhusiasm, and range from newly-launched boats, such as the 34m Malcolm McKeon-designed sloop Ribelle (kitted out with a high-tech racing wardrobe) to the 32m German Frers-designed Bolero. Built in 1991, Bolero is this year's most senior entrant, whilst the largest is the 46m classically lined Windrose of Amsterdam. This award-winning schooner has been out of the racing scene for a while; she last competed in 2009. Another former competitor and enchanting example of Dutch boat-building expertise is the 27.5m Atalante 1. This stunning Truly Classic, designed by Hoek and built by Claasen, is our smallest entrant this year.

The fleet's ten yachts, split into classes A and B, will race three challenging coastal courses, selected on the morning of each race. As in previous years, there will be a staggered start sequence at two-minute intervals, which will result in an exciting 'pack finish'. New for this 2017 edition are the Daily Race Awards (which will take place in the SYC tent) and will undoubtedly add a celebratory sparkle to 'regular' end-of-day cold drinks and catch-ups.

The 32m Southern Wind Farfalla, a fast boat, training in the Bay of Palma. www.clairematches.com

The Superyacht Cup's spirited social programme kicks off tonight with the 'Welcome Cocktail Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Astilleros de Mallorca', an apt opener which will be enhanced by Sheela Gathright's soulful voice. Silver sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca are renowned the world over for their refit and repair facilities which allow them to undertake work on yachts up to 70m in length.

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.

Racing is scheduled to start at 13.00 tomorrow.

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

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

Too Hot to Handle


The 21st edition of The Superyacht Cup, Europe's longest running superyacht regatta, is set to burst into action in less than one week's time. Most of this year's competitors are, by now, docked stern-to inside Palma's STP, which is positively buzzing with activity. The SYC team have started building the Regatta Village, while sailors and contractors are working around-the-clock on the competing yachts, getting ready for the first day of racing on Thursday.

A number of competing superyachts have certainly earned the right to swagger, as they've proven their regatta-winning potential during some of our previous editions. The 33m Win Win, built by carbon specialists Baltic Yachts, claimed overall victory last year. The 27.5m Atalante 1, built by Claasen and designed by Hoek, put in a sparkling performance in both our 2012 and 2013 races, finishing a satisfactory second at each.

The 27.5m Atalante 1, built by Claasen and designed by Hoek. ©www.clairematches.com

The 33m Inouï, a yacht that is far from the average, is also accustomed to podium-glory. We'll be looking forward to seeing her telltale green flash hammer around the circuit, as watching her is addictive. Another entrant which comes alive when under sail is the 45m Saudade. This well-versed competitor came class third during our 2015 edition and boasts three back-to-back Loro Piana wins. Boasting an appetite for winning, and fresh from an extensive refit, there is no telling what the limits will be for this racing-attuned rival.

While captains and crew are busy making final preparations, and the world's sailing elite board planes bound for Palma de Mallorca, we look forward to seeing this year's wildly diverse fleet grace the Bay of Palma for our 2017 edition of the regatta.

As Mallorca seems to have skipped spring this year and has plunged straight into the sweltering heat of summer, we've got high hopes of being blessed with one of the regatta's most longed-for ingredients, wind, to make a solid appearance every day. In any case, as renowned for its social program as it is for its racing, we're certain that our 21st Superyacht Cup will decidedly not disappoint.

The Superyacht Cup is as renowned for its social program as it is for its racing. ©www.clairematches.com

Connect with us through Twitter and Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the racecourse.

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.

Next on the Mediterranean Racing Calendar: The Superyacht Cup


The Mediterranean racing season's opener, The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, concluded June 3rd and saw four Superyacht Cup competitors with oomph, Farfalla, Inouï, Ribelle and Saudade, slice through the circuit. Pro sailors in key positions worked hard to get every inch of speeds out of the boats, and after four days of edge-of-seat racing it was the 45m Saudade who took first. The 34m Ribelle proved she's no back-up dancer by finishing second. Well warmed up, this mix of well-versed competitors and virgin entrants will soon be able to continue combat in Palma de Mallorca, where hospitality is warm, the sailing is fierce and the on-shore fun a given.

The SYC will be the third regatta where the 32m Farfalla (Italian for butterly) will be seen to artfully flit around the racecourse this year. Farfalla, third of the Southern Wind 102 series, took part in the New Zealand Millennium Cup at the start of 2017. The 33m Inouï, also brimming with racing expertise, and unmistakable with her zesty green hull, will be racing for the fourth consecutive time. Furthermore, this Briand-designed beaut came third during last year's edition of the regatta. The 45m Saudade is fresh from an extensive refit during which all kinds of performance-enhancing modifications have taken place. Blessed with powerful lines, Saudade now boasts a new keel, rudder, bowsprit and rigging. The cockpit has also been redesigned which has resulted in an area where crew members are able to maneuver more easily.

After having stretched her legs in chic Porto Cervo, the newly launched Ribelle will be able to flaunt her sailing prowess for the first time in Palma. With her deep keel and lightweight displacement of just 84 tonnes we're confident she'll be able to perform just as well as she looks.

SW102 Farfalla during the New Zealand Millennium Cup, Courtesy of Southern Wind Shipyard.

Preferred Hotel Partner
St Regis
Destination Partner
Gold Partners
Baltic Yachts Pendennis
Silver Sponsors
Boat International Owners Club NetJets Rondal
Friends of the Superyacht Cup
North Sails ZIS Southern Spars
Official Suppliers
Hartman Yachts Publi Voile
Collaborators
Mallorca Chamber of Commerce Ajuntament de Palma Ports de Balears Real Club Nautico de Palma