Taking place from the 22 to 25 June, The Superyacht Cup celebrated its 20th anniversary with 22 prominent superyachts taking part in three days of hotly contested racing in the bay of Palma.
As well as many regatta veterans, the even welcomed some exciting new launches, including 39m Claasen-build Atalante, the 32m Southern Wind Sea Wave and 27m Firebird, to enjoy the regatta’s reputation of delivering spirited competition, relaxed atmosphere and lively social programme.
Atalante. Image courtesy of Michael Kurtz, Pantaenius
The race committee opted for two exciting, separate courses on Thursday, the first day of racing, one for Classes A and B, and a slightly shorter one for Classes C and D. Both made the most of the stable 7 to 11 knots of wind for the start line, which picked up to 16 knots later in the afternoon. The winners for the day were 33m Baltic Win Win in Class A, 38m Perini P2 in Class B, 27m Tempus Fugit in Class C and Mariette of 1915 in Class D.
Inoui and Unfurled. Image courtesy of Michael Kurtz, Pantaenius
The racing was capped off by some shoreside entertainment in the form of the SYC 20th anniversary dock party, with the theme of ’20 Years of Rock’, at which the crew of Tenaz put in a particularly special effort with their costumes.
On board Naema.
Day two saw similar conditions for the fleet with a sea breeze of 8 to 11 knots throughout the racing. Win Win continued its victory in Class A, ahead of the 45m Unfurled. P2 was first in Class B, Kiboko Dos in Class C and Mariette in Class D. Back on the dock the Pendennis Paddleboard Challenge saw many of the crews partake in some slightly more lighthearted on-the-water action.
Shirley Robertson at the helm of Salperton.
Lighter winds were predicted for the last day of racing, and the committee decided on two highly tactical courses: a 20.6nm course for Class A and a 17.8nm course for Classes B, C and D.
Schooners Naema and Germania Nova. Image courtesy of Michael Kurtz, Pantaenius
After corrections were applied it was the 45m Unfurled who came out on top in Class A, but Win Win still claimed the Class A win. P2 completed her winning streak in Class B and took class victory, as did Mariette in Class D. Tempus Fugit once again took a first and was overall class winner for Class C.
Salperton and Ganesha. Image courtesy of Michael Kurtz, Pantaenius
The regatta culminated in the prize-giving back on the dock where Win Win was awarded overall regatta winner.
The crew of Win Win
"I've got a huge smile on my face,” commented Captain Clive Walker. “We've been trying to win a regatta ever since we launched the boat two years ago and we've finally done it, which is a huge relief. It’s a win-win situation!”
Win Win. Image courtesy of Michael Kurtz, Pantaenius
View the full regatta results here.
If you like reading our Editors' premium quality journalism on SuperyachtNews.com, you'll love their amazing and insightful opinions and comments in The Superyacht Report. If you’ve never read it, click here to request a sample copy - it's 'A Report Worth Reading'. If you know how good it is, click here to subscribe - it's 'A Report Worth Paying For'.