With racing set to begin in just a few days’ time, yachts from all over are gathering in Palma for the 2018 edition of The Superyacht Cup. Some yachts, such as Bolero, Bliss and Athos, have returned from recent cruising in Asia and the Pacific, with many others including Missy, Velsheda and Svea arriving from the Caribbean.

The already impressive fleet has been boosted with the recent addition of the impressive Silencio. The 50m Perini has shown previous regatta form in winning both the 2013 Perini Cup and 2015 Millennium Cup, and will be one to watch once racing gets underway.

“The sense of excitement around Palma is growing with every passing day as the start of The Superyacht Cup gets closer,” says Event Manager Kate Branagh. “We are ready and waiting to put on one of the greatest sailing shows on Earth, and I am sure all the owners, skippers and crews, some of whom have travelled long distances to be here, will have a wonderful time.”

Meanwhile, organisers have confirmed that The Superyacht Cup will this year include a Corinthian class, which will allow owners to share the thrills of racing without a spinnaker and with a smaller crew. Entries into this only slightly more relaxed category will include the 52m Q (ex-Mondango), and the 46m Scorpione of London.

J-Class yachts Svea and Velsheda will open the regatta on Wednesday 20 June, the first of four days of J-Class racing. They will then be joined on the second and following days by the full fleet, including regular Superyacht Cup participants Inoui, Atalante, Saudade and WinWin, who will be out to defend their 2017 Class A title.

Photo credit: Claire Matches

 


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