MILLENIUM CUPWe started the year Feb 14-17 with two of our team in attendance at the Millennium Cup, for which The Superyacht Group was international media partner. Ellie Brade our Pacific Editor and the brains behind the The Annual Report, as well as Luke Sprague, our Photo Editor were in attendance and covered the racing for our network.
Zefiro dominated the race in Auckland Harbour with two wins and a second place, with Silvertip in second and Ohana third.
ST.BARTHS BUCKETOur European Editor and crack superyacht photographer Justin Ratcliffe popped over to Saint Barthélemy March 28-31 for the St.Barths Bucket. Not for the only time in 2013, one of the regattas we attended had some serious wind, giving the owners, crew and guests—not to mention photographers—some extra adrenaline for the racing. It was also the first time since 1936 that five J-boats raced together, providing spectacular views for all the crews, guests and spectators.
DUBOIS CUPI myself was in attendance at the Dubois Cup, hosted by the YCCS in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, June 1-3. For the second time this year, a strong breeze picked up over the course of a superyacht regatta. Great weather, excellent event planning by the Dubois Yachts team and crew camaraderie made the event a real success.
Genevieve was presented with the Dubois Cup, a beautiful carbon-fibre sail trophy designed by Dubois Naval Architects. Zefira was recognised by the YCCS for being the top-placed yacht from YCCS.
PERINI NAVI CUPThe 5th edition of the Perini Navi Cup took place at the end of September in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Once again, the majestic event proved to be much more than just a regatta and Justin Ratcliffe was on hand to follow the festivities. A total of 15 yachts were moored in the marina in front of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), although four of them chose to follow the fleet without formerly taking part in the racing – a sign that even non-combatants enjoy the Perini family atmosphere. One such was the brand new 60m ketch Sea Hawk, which was effectively undergoing sea trails prior to being delivered to her owner.
With Silencio and P2 placed just seconds apart in 1st and 2nd place after the initial race, racing on the second day was interrupted when a succession of violent squalls swept along the north-east coast of Sardinia. This meant it all came down to the third and last race. On the final day, P2 was unable to repeat her form in the first race and slipped down the table. Silencio (her crew sporting T-shirts printed with the motto ‘Keep Calm & Silencio’) pushed ahead to again take line honours and the top slot on the podium, with 56m Parsifal IV following up in third place.
Photos by Luke Sprague, Don Hoyt Gorman & Justin Ratcliffe