The Superyacht Cup Palma
21-24 June 2017
"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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Superyacht Cup News
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
, 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 email@example.com
Fri, 23 June 2017
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
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thu, 22 June 2017
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 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 email@example.com
Wed, 21 June 2017