The Superyacht Cup returns to Palma from 19 to 22 June, 2019, with 13 yachts set to be competing. This year’s line-up features a broad spectrum of sailing yacht designs and technologies, including 52m schooner Meteor, the 33m Missy and the 42.7m Topaz. The 27.5m Kealoha and 40m Huckleberry will be racing in the regatta for the first time alongside some of the regatta's veterans.
Attendees to the 23rd edition will be able to take advantage of improvements to the race village. A new-look venue will provide more space for owners, guests and crews to enjoy the events and parties over the three-day event and will include dedicated areas for the Superyacht Cup’s partners, friends and suppliers.
A long-standing mantra of the regatta is that the overall trophy is within reach of every yacht taking part, as evidenced by the range of yachts that have topped the leaderboard since it begun in 1997. As Event Director Kate Branagh points out, it is a tribute to the effectiveness of the handicapping produced by the Offshore Racing Congress Superyacht Rule (ORCsy) that racing is so close and competitive.
“The Superyacht Cup Palma has always been at heart a celebration of sailing, old yachts and new, traditional and modern, and ORCsy has been brilliant at bringing the racing alive for everyone involved,” says Branagh. “The ultra-modern high-performance flyers, and we have a few of them this year, are all in with a chance. But so are the more traditional, elegant designs – they will be out there, strutting their stuff and showing their speed.”
Meanwhile on the dock, though not racing, will be Leopard III and the 46m Christopher, who will be soaking up the atmosphere with a view to full participation in 2020. The vibrant social side of the event begins on the first evening with a welcome cocktail party presented by DYT Yacht Transport in the race village. Three days of racing begin with the Pantaenius Race on Thursday 20 June.
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