The Superyacht Cup Palma
Dates for Superyacht Cup 2018: 19-23 June 2018
Racing for the J Class is 20-23 June 2018
Racing for the Superyachts is 21-23 June 2018

"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.
Clean Regattas Programme
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. The ocean is in crisis with plastic waste, oil spills and acidification threatening not only marine life but also our health for generations to come.

With your help following Clean Regattas Best Practices we can reduce our trail to help protect the ocean.

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Superyacht Cup News

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
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