Monday, 26 June 2017

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

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Chapeau Bolero - Overall Winner of Palma's Superyacht Cup 2017

This morning's on board briefing saw concentrated faces on the aft-deck going into today's deciding St. Regis Mardavall Resort Race.

The race committee sent the fleet on two riveting custom courses ranging between 17 and 22nm, which befitted today's menu of light winds (varying between six and ten knots). The shorter 17nm course was sailed by the awe-inspiring yachts in Class B.

Two was the magic number this morning as in Class A Win Win went into today's race holding a two point lead over second placed Saudade. This well-powered Wally was separated from Ribelle (who sat in third) also with two points. In Class B Bolero went into this third race with a margin of two points over Atalante 1. Two points also stood between this stunning Truly Classic and her newer, bigger sister Atalante.

The first boat (the 32m Southern Wind Farfalla) slid over the line at 13.05, as it were the highly-competitive yachts in Class A that got racing underway today. The 34m Ribelle led the fleet with gusto around the first, second and third mark with Farfalla and the 33m Win Win in hot pursuit! Southern Wind Farfalla ducked behind Win Win on her way to mark three, which resulted in Win Win rounding five minutes and eleven seconds before her, as well as Farfalla dropping two places. A tough tussle ensued between the 34m Ribelle and the Baltic-built Win Win as they sailed neck-and-neck towards the fifth, Aranol, mark, which the uncompromising Win Win managed to round a hair-raising 32 seconds first. Previous event-winner Win Win was unstoppable as she flew over the finish line a mere 39 seconds before the newly-launched Ribelle.

A fierce battle ensued today in Class A between the 33m Win Win and the 34m Ribelle. ©www.clairematches.com

In Class B the impeccably turned out Atalante blazed the trail with Claasen-classic Atalante 1 and the 46m Windrose of Amsterdam trying to hunt her down. The leading pack bunched up while rounding mark two but it was the aforementioned 39m Atalante, designed by Hoek which kept control of the class and rounded ahead of her adversaries. After the third mark she stretched her legs and seriously got into gear speeding over the finish line 13 minutes and one second ahead of her namesake, the beautiful Atalante 1, who slipped across second.

The delightful 27.5m Atalante 1 sailed a flawless race today and captured Class B. ©www.clairematches.com

After corrections were applied, the final calls were made and it was the 33m Win Win who's powerful performance over the last three days consolidated her Class A win by 2 points over second place finisher Ribelle. The latter, a sparkling new yacht designed by Malcolm McKeon, captured Class A today. Captain Federico Biatturi was pleased: "It's been a great pleasure to see her perform so well. We fixed several issues after Loro Piana (her debut regatta) and blew a winch on day one. This set us back but we won first today and second yesterday. It's a great experience and Palma is always a great place to be, a lot of fun" About the close racing this afternoon Biatturi said: "All five of us were very close, of course we will be back and we will try and win it next time!".

In Class B the delightful 27.5m Atalante 1 sailed a flawless race, not leaving a second behind on the race course, which put victory in the bag for this modern classic. However, the overall class win went to welcome return competitor Bolero. Moreover, elegant sail-handling on both Race Day one and two by this sophisticated Frers-sloop resulted in her to officially become the overall winner of The Superyacht Cup 2017! On learning team Bolero had bagged overall victory, a beaming captain commented that: "winning the regatta this year was the cherry on the cake."

This 21st edition of the regatta concluded spectacularly with a festive prize-giving ceremony, which saw all the competing yachts empty and the Superyacht Cup's main tent packed with hundreds of smiling sailors, still enthusiastically talking about today's exhilarating racing.

Teams of at least 20 beaming sailors besieged the stage as 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded in each class. Amidst the cacophony of whistles and bravo's from the convivial crowd, opponents were assured they would be able to get their own back during our 2018 edition. The best part of the evening was, beyond question, the announcement of this year's overall winner, the 32m Bolero!

The Superyacht Cup and its competitors also presented a cheque of 5,000€ to the long running local charity Joves Navegants. Initiated by an enthusiastic group of sailors, the foundation reaches out to some of the island's less privileged boys and girls through the practice of sailing.

While the winning teams embark on a big celebratory night out, the sun set spectacularly on the Regatta Village, marking the close of another sunny and highly successful edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup.

For high-res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Friday, 23 June 2017

Another Boisterous Day's Racing on the Bay of Palma

Palma's Superyacht Cup doesn't only bring sailors together from all corners of the globe, but is also an event where the camaraderie plays a pivotal role in the regatta's enjoyment. This was most evident during last night's lively SYC Dock Party, where owners, guests and crew got to rub shoulders, relax  and talk 'sailing', to a vibrant soundtrack of the Hogan House Band's uplifting tunes.

Hot sunshine and nice sailing conditions mid-afternoon set the scene for today's second day of racing. The race committee elected an exciting course for each class ranging from 20-25nm, the first, shorter course was sailed by Class B. Both options not only suited today's light conditions but also saw the competition tussling for lanes and safety officers having to keep their eyes peeled. And while the 33m defending champion Win Win and 32m return competitor Bolero came out on top during Race Day One, today could easily see yesterday's non-winners' appetite for victory return the results, securing their spot on the podium.

Racing kicked off at 13.00 and saw the 32m Southern Wind Farfalla get off to a flying start, gliding over the start line two seconds after schedule. The talk of the regatta this year, newbie boat Ribelle, staunchly held on to her lead since the start while she rounded the third (Bahia 1) mark in Class A. However yesterday's top dog Win Win crept up from behind, which resulted in a thrilling overtaking maneuver putting this Baltic built beauty at the head of the pack while rounding mark 4. The next point was as exhilarating as top-gun-trio Win Win, Ribelle and, now, Saudade all rounded within 2 minutes and 7 seconds of each other. Top performer Win Win refused to back down today and slipped over the finish ahead of Ribelle and Saudade, who crossed second and third respectively.

The beautiful modern classic Bolero prevailed again today in Class B. www.clairematches.com

Class B saw yesterday's ruler Bolero maintain her front position albeit with Atalante and Atalante 1, both designed by Hoek and built by Claasen, breathing down her neck, showing us some proper sibling rivalry. The 39m Atalante, flagship of the Truly Classic range, made a bold and early move into clear air which served her well, as she managed to edge out Bolero, rounding mark 4. At this stage the 46m Windrose of Amsterdam, which has sailing legend Bubi Sansó at the helm, had muscled her way into third. The award-winning Atalante kept her leading position and proved her Dutch sailing creds by flying over the finish line first, followed by the 32m Bolero and 46m Windrose of Amsterdam. However, although this classic-style stunner was first over the line, she was not the elapsed time victor. This was the 32m Bolero, a yacht that has proved to be far from the average. She sailed a solid race and thus takes top slot in Class B. Bolero's owner recalls: "Today was a wonderful day. We have a great crew, very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the race very much, it was perfect, and another win today, so a great day for me and the crew." About second place finisher Atalante 1 he commented: "They were chasing us all the time and tried their best to catch up with us, but did not succeed today, but you never know what can happen tomorrow."

In Class A it was the racing-attuned 33m Win Win who ended up with the same amount of points (2) as the fast and sleek 34m Ribelle.

The 33m Win Win not only stormed over the finish line first but also kept her position from yesterday. www.clairematches.com

Sponsors North Sails host today's Happy Hour at the Regatta Bar, where cooling drinks will take the bite out of a very tense second day out on the water. The Daily Race Awards will take place at 18.00. As soon as today's heroes have soaked up their moment in the spotlight, we're sure most sailors will want to cheer on the gung-ho sailors competing in the paddle-powered relay-race, hosted by Pendennis.

While tales of the day's adventures are swapped back on the dock, owners will be heading to the stunning St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca, to enjoy tonight's Mid-Summer BBQ. Although this spectacular event will feature delicious food as well as an unforgettable view of the jewel-toned Bay of Palma, we're certain tomorrow's last day of racing will be the most talked-about topic.

Connect with us through Twitter #SuperyachtCup or Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the racecourse and / or stay up to speed by following the race live via TracTrac

For high-res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Win Win and Bolero Take No Prisoners on First Day of Racing

As most owners and sailors know each other from having gone head-to-head at previous editions, last night's 'Welcome Cocktail' (celebrating the 75th anniversary of silver sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca) was abundant with animated catch-ups and the clinking of glasses. Needless to say, today's racing was yesterday's hottest topic as anticipation has been long-brewing for this first, Pantaenius Race.

For the 34m fully carbon-built Ribelle today will mark her very first spin on the SYC-circuit. She'll be roaring to show her adversaries she's as impressive on the racecourse, as she looks in port. However, for many other competitors, the regatta will serve as the perfect opportunity to sail hard in order to get revenge, or hold on to newly accomplished triumphs. The 32m Farfalla, built by Southern Wind and designed by Farr, took third in this year's New Zealand Millennium Cup. Last year's victor, the 33m Baltic-built Win Win, not only boasts having many racing miles under her keel, but claimed a Class A win during the St. Barths Bucket, which took place in March.

Today saw a sea breeze build to approximately 10 knots for the start line with the fleet facing patchy wind conditions throughout the afternoon. The race committee selected course 4 for both classes, but as the conditions were lighter than expected class B was shortened, while class A went on to complete the full distance. Racing commenced at 13.00 and saw the 32m Frers- designed Bolero slip over the start line first. Bravo to the 33m Win Win who got off to a champion start crossing the line a mere two seconds after her start time. It was indeed also this Baltic Yachts -built flyer who snatched the lead from Ribelle while rounding the third Porrasa mark. The sparkling new 34m Ribelle had rounded mark one and two first, with the aforementioned Win Win and repeat contender Saudade hot on her heels, treating us to some real tight racing. Fierce racer Win Win kept her fast pace and sped over the finish line ahead of Ribelle and the 45m Saudade, which boasts having Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking on tactics.

The 33m Win Win, a real racer, captured Class A today. ©www.clairematches.com

The action in Class B started with a duel between the 32m modern classic Bolero and the Claasen classic Atalante. The latter rounded the first three marks ahead of the Frers-designed sloop, while This is Us and Atalante 1 rounded Illetas with a nerve-racking 18 seconds between them. The award-winning 38.8m Hoek-designed Atalante, firmly held on to her lead throughout the course and finished first, but was followed by her smaller sibling and namesake Atalante 1, who had managed to creep in front of the 32m Bolero.

In Class A it was the 33m Win Win who, again, proved she performs every bit as well as she looks. We're sure the well-gelled sailors on this stunner produced by Baltic will be hoping to repeat their stand-out performance tomorrow. She finished 4 minutes and 46 seconds ahead of Saudade on corrected time. Captain Ryan Taylor commented on today's racing that: "conditions were tricky, winds were fluky, both left and right sides. The top mark was a tough rounding, we had a couple of dead spots, but we corrected ourselves and it ended up being really nice racing out there today." On Win Win's ongoing battle with Saudade Taylor quipped: "They've always been close competition, and they always will be. They'll be strong rivals for the next two days for sure"

The 32m Bolero is not only a beautiful looking yacht but was also a rocket on the circuit today. She stormed across the finish line 1 minute before the 27.5m Atalante 1, who took second.

The 32m Bolero, certainly no back up dancer, emerged victorious in Class B. ©www.clairematches.com

Still buzzing from today's action, sailors will be able to ardently discuss today's racing in the SYC tent, whilst enjoying chilled drinks provided by Southern Spars. The Daily Race Awards, deservedly putting Bolero and Win Win in the limelight, will take place at 18.00. The prize giving will make for the perfect warm-up for the annual SYC Dock Party, which will follow afterwards, and will undoubtedly end up being a night to remember.

Connect with us through Twitter #SuperyachtCup and Facebook for real time updates of all the fun and games, both on and off the racecourse. For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Superyacht insurance specialists, Pantaenius, boast 40 years' experience providing yacht insurance to owners from all corners of the globe. With more than 80.000 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. We are proud to have Pantaenius, a passionate supporter of the Cup since day one, return as a race partner this year.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Gloves Are Off for 2017 Edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup

Interiors have been stowed, winches have been serviced, and cruising sails have been stored away for later use. Yachts are primed for action and crew members have been perfecting their sailing maneuvers, as well as picking the brains of local racing virtuosos. The heads of this year's participating sailors are in the game and set to race and win Palma's 21st edition of the Superyacht Cup.

Weather-wise the coming days are expected to face fairly light winds, so sailing will depend on Palma's trademark sea breeze, which normally builds daily from just before noon. Patches of 'softer breeze' are also anticipated, making for an added challenge for the yachts' tacticians. The menu for today's competitors that went out training served up a 6-14 knot sea breeze and good mid-afternoon sailing conditions.

Previous event victor, the 33m Win Win, capable of some very quick speeds, out training today. www.clairematches.com

The entrants in this year's fleet add up to a total of 362 metres of sailing enhusiasm, and range from newly-launched boats, such as the 34m Malcolm McKeon-designed sloop Ribelle (kitted out with a high-tech racing wardrobe) to the 32m German Frers-designed Bolero. Built in 1991, Bolero is this year's most senior entrant, whilst the largest is the 46m classically lined Windrose of Amsterdam. This award-winning schooner has been out of the racing scene for a while; she last competed in 2009. Another former competitor and enchanting example of Dutch boat-building expertise is the 27.5m Atalante 1. This stunning Truly Classic, designed by Hoek and built by Claasen, is our smallest entrant this year.

The fleet's ten yachts, split into classes A and B, will race three challenging coastal courses, selected on the morning of each race. As in previous years, there will be a staggered start sequence at two-minute intervals, which will result in an exciting 'pack finish'. New for this 2017 edition are the Daily Race Awards (which will take place in the SYC tent) and will undoubtedly add a celebratory sparkle to 'regular' end-of-day cold drinks and catch-ups.

The 32m Southern Wind Farfalla, a fast boat, training in the Bay of Palma. www.clairematches.com

The Superyacht Cup's spirited social programme kicks off tonight with the 'Welcome Cocktail Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Astilleros de Mallorca', an apt opener which will be enhanced by Sheela Gathright's soulful voice. Silver sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca are renowned the world over for their refit and repair facilities which allow them to undertake work on yachts up to 70m in length.

As in previous years, Superyacht Cup racing will be in the safe and trusted hands of MedAire. Their experienced team will provide medical cover on-site and will be at the ready with emergency response.

Racing is scheduled to start at 13.00 tomorrow.

Connect with us through Twitter #SuperyachtCup and Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the racecourse, and / or stay up to speed by following the race live via TracTrac.

For high-res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Too Hot to Handle

The 21st edition of The Superyacht Cup, Europe's longest running superyacht regatta, is set to burst into action in less than one week's time. Most of this year's competitors are, by now, docked stern-to inside Palma's STP, which is positively buzzing with activity. The SYC team have started building the Regatta Village, while sailors and contractors are working around-the-clock on the competing yachts, getting ready for the first day of racing on Thursday.

A number of competing superyachts have certainly earned the right to swagger, as they've proven their regatta-winning potential during some of our previous editions. The 33m Win Win, built by carbon specialists Baltic Yachts, claimed overall victory last year. The 27.5m Atalante 1, built by Claasen and designed by Hoek, put in a sparkling performance in both our 2012 and 2013 races, finishing a satisfactory second at each.

The 27.5m Atalante 1, built by Claasen and designed by Hoek. ©www.clairematches.com

The 33m Inouï, a yacht that is far from the average, is also accustomed to podium-glory. We'll be looking forward to seeing her telltale green flash hammer around the circuit, as watching her is addictive. Another entrant which comes alive when under sail is the 45m Saudade. This well-versed competitor came class third during our 2015 edition and boasts three back-to-back Loro Piana wins. Boasting an appetite for winning, and fresh from an extensive refit, there is no telling what the limits will be for this racing-attuned rival.

While captains and crew are busy making final preparations, and the world's sailing elite board planes bound for Palma de Mallorca, we look forward to seeing this year's wildly diverse fleet grace the Bay of Palma for our 2017 edition of the regatta.

As Mallorca seems to have skipped spring this year and has plunged straight into the sweltering heat of summer, we've got high hopes of being blessed with one of the regatta's most longed-for ingredients, wind, to make a solid appearance every day. In any case, as renowned for its social program as it is for its racing, we're certain that our 21st Superyacht Cup will decidedly not disappoint.

The Superyacht Cup is as renowned for its social program as it is for its racing. ©www.clairematches.com

Connect with us through Twitter and Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the racecourse.

We are delighted to see silver sponsors ZIS return to the event this year. They have a quarter of a century of experience in providing marine, property and corporate insurance for some of the most discerning clients in the world. Regardless of the location of a yacht, crew or business, ZIS has the global reach to provide optimum cover and to act precisely when needed.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Next on the Mediterranean Racing Calendar: The Superyacht Cup

The Mediterranean racing season's opener, The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, concluded June 3rd and saw four Superyacht Cup competitors with oomph, Farfalla, Inouï, Ribelle and Saudade, slice through the circuit. Pro sailors in key positions worked hard to get every inch of speeds out of the boats, and after four days of edge-of-seat racing it was the 45m Saudade who took first. The 34m Ribelle proved she's no back-up dancer by finishing second. Well warmed up, this mix of well-versed competitors and virgin entrants will soon be able to continue combat in Palma de Mallorca, where hospitality is warm, the sailing is fierce and the on-shore fun a given.

The SYC will be the third regatta where the 32m Farfalla (Italian for butterly) will be seen to artfully flit around the racecourse this year. Farfalla, third of the Southern Wind 102 series, took part in the New Zealand Millennium Cup at the start of 2017. The 33m Inouï, also brimming with racing expertise, and unmistakable with her zesty green hull, will be racing for the fourth consecutive time. Furthermore, this Briand-designed beaut came third during last year's edition of the regatta. The 45m Saudade is fresh from an extensive refit during which all kinds of performance-enhancing modifications have taken place. Blessed with powerful lines, Saudade now boasts a new keel, rudder, bowsprit and rigging. The cockpit has also been redesigned which has resulted in an area where crew members are able to maneuver more easily.

After having stretched her legs in chic Porto Cervo, the newly launched Ribelle will be able to flaunt her sailing prowess for the first time in Palma. With her deep keel and lightweight displacement of just 84 tonnes we're confident she'll be able to perform just as well as she looks.

SW102 Farfalla during the New Zealand Millennium Cup, Courtesy of Southern Wind Shipyard.

Adventure Playground New Zealand: A Perfect Match for the Regatta

For the third time, 100% Pure New Zealand will be our 'Destination Partner'. With the regatta's reputation for attracting superyachts with a competitive edge, as well as a desire to push boundaries, it is the perfect match for New Zealand: an adventure playground for yachts wishing to explore further and expand their horizons beyond the traditional Mediterranean and Caribbean cruising grounds. The New Zealand team will be present during the event to introduce you to this world-class cruising and charter destination with 14,000 kilometres of staggeringly beautiful coastline just waiting to be discovered. The waters are pristine, the fishing and diving incredible and onshore you'll find a diversity of landscapes and activities you never dreamed possible.

On the subject of pristine waters, MHS, will once again be supplying thirsty sailors with the handy re-usable water bottles most competitors will recognize from our 2016 edition. Refillable with purified filtered water on-site, these bottles will help reduce the use of single use plastic and will consequently help protect the waters we all love to sail on.

The Strength of our Sponsors: More than Just a Numbers Game

STP, one of the biggest, busiest and most technically advanced shipyards in Europe facilitates superyachts up to 120m. Additionally, 450 reputable contracting companies are located on-site, ready to supply or service any kind of yacht: from the 120m mega yacht A to a relatively tiny Mini Transat. Moreover, captains are able to choose whichever contractor they wish to work with for refit or maintenance work. By and large it comes as no surprise that the yard welcomes more than 1100 boats annually and sees the 700-tonnes travel lifts move over 1600 times!

One of the companies established inside superyacht haven STP is RSB Rigging. These leaders in the rigging industry, a favourite with superyacht captains the world over, have been in business for more than a decade. During these 11 years they have served 1612 clients, supplied 501114 metres of rope and stepped 301 rigs. Most SYC competitors, both past and present, have benefitted from the expertise these local rigging wizards are renowned for. For example they supplied all running rigging for new-build Ribelle and removed Atalante's stay sail in order to improve ease of sail handling during Superyacht Cup racing.

Local rigging wizards RSB have done work on most SYC competitors, both past and present. Photo: courtesy of RSB Rigging

Another silver sponsor supporting the regatta again this year are superyacht paint specialists Jotun, recognized globally as one of the top suppliers of anti-fouling. The Jotun group has 63 companies and 37 production facilities on all continents, and is represented in more than 100 countries. Their high-quality products (anti-fouling, primers, fillers and top coats) have been specifically designed for the mega yacht industry and have proven to perform exceptionally in every sea and ocean of the world.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Watch Out, We're Back

This year's fleet is made up of a selection of incredibly varied yachts. For example, we'll be able to see new entrants so fresh their paint's practically still wet (like the previously mentioned 34m Ribelle). These newbies are anxious to get on the start line and prove their regatta-winning potential. However, aside from newcomers, the line-up also sees a myriad of yachts that have served many years on the circuit and have proven blue water credentials. The 32m Frers designed Bolero competed for the last time in 2010. We're thrilled to be able to see her blue lines slice through the race course this year. We're also excited to see the 42m This is Us and her spirited crew return, this steadfast entrant competed in no less than three previous editions: 2011, 2012 and 2014. As the 2011 fleet boasted ten yachts graced with Andre Hoek's distinctly elegant lines this edition featured a dedicated Hoek Class, in which This is Us finished third.

Another former competitor and delicious example of Dutch boat-building expertise is the 46m Windrose of Amsterdam. This award-winning schooner has been out of the racing scene for a while; she competed for the last time in 2009. With her classic lines and the crew's sailing savvy she'll be amped to show her adversaries what she's made of. We can't wait.

The award-winning 46m schooner Windrose of Amsterdam. Photo by www.clairematches.com

125 Candles, 2 Rocket Yachts and a 2nd Relay-Race

Pendennis has long been a supporter and sponsor of The Superyacht Cup and will continue as a premium sponsor of the regatta this year. Set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018, Pendennis is a leader in the build and refit of custom superyachts. With a ten acre site in Falmouth, Cornwall, a technical refit office and workshop in Palma and a comprehensive global fleet support network, the company offers facilities and expertise that rivals the world's best.

We're also pleased to announce that this year's Superyacht Cup will see a repeat of the Pendennis Paddleboard Challenge that the prestigious yacht builders hosted last year. Sailors that experienced our 2016 event will surely remember the roaring crowd and dock-side cheers which accompanied this paddle-powered relay-race.

Last year's paddle board competition drew a huge crowd. www.clairematches.com
Silver sponsors Ship Motion Group are the brains behind the 33m Win Win and the 45m Visione's speed enhancing Retractable Propulsion Systems. Not only did wild-card Win Win take home the trophy last year, she recently proved her sailing prowess anew by winning the St Barths Bucket regatta. Visione, a SYC regular also built by the carbon composite crackerjacks at Baltic Yachts, finished a not-so-shabby second. Ship Motion's Retractable Propulsion Systems reduces propeller drag and time and again show for an improved sailing performance.

Reckmann, a family business also passionate about performance enhancement, are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year. The company, now in its third generation under the Schuldt family, have been innovators in the world of sailing since 1892. Reckmann, renown for their cutting-edge mast and furling systems, boast a rich and fascinating history. It involves Olympic champions, Admirals Cup, and Whitbread Round the World Race winners, as well as some of the world's largest and most legendary sailing superyachts, like the 33m Inouï, a regular on the SYC race course, and the 52m Elfje, built by Royal Huisman and designed by Hoek. Reckmann will be sponsoring the regatta for the 12th consecutive time!

A first-time sponsor, who we're very proud to welcome to the regatta this year, is VHR (Virtual Human Resources), a technical recruitment consultancy specialized in the Superyacht, Formula 1, Aerospace, Aviation and Defense industries. Their talented recruitment teams excel in the sourcing of designers, engineers, project managers and technicians -whether for a competitive race yacht, luxury superyacht or Formula 1 car. With a global network across the aforementioned industries, VHR provides temporary and permanent recruitment, as well as logistics, tax and payroll solutions to satisfied clients in all corners of the globe.

Monday, 3 April 2017

2017 Line-Up sees Rebellious New-Build take on Experienced Warhorse

We're excited to announce that Vitters' very latest all-carbon launch, the 34m Ribelle, will be making tracks for the SYC finish line this year. This budding racer is the second Vitters built superyacht which hails from the Malcolm McKeon drawing board. Details about the yacht are still shrouded in mystery, but if we are to go by her racy looks and telltale name (Ribelle is Italian for rebellious / untamable) she's set to make a splash! Ribelle is in the process of having her mast stepped and is scheduled to commence sea trials over the next few weeks.

Pitting against Ribelle (and other freshly launched creations) will be a number of 'senior' competitors; yachts that were already flying over finish lines while newer entrants were still only a twinkle in an owner's eye. A good case in point is the 45m award-winning record-breaker Mari Cha III. This sleek super maxi, built in 1997, beat the Transatlantic Record in 1998 and the Sydney to Hobart in 1999, hitting speeds in excess of 30 knots. Used to being on the race course, and the podium, this 'battleaxe' is a competitor to watch out for, make no mistake.

The award-winning record-breaker Mari Cha III, photo ©www.clairematches.com

New Gold Sponsor - Code Zero

CODE-ZERO, an exciting new nautical sports brand designed and endorsed by pro sailors, is this year's official clothing supplier. They have designed a powerful collection especially for this year's regatta, which boasts bright colours as well as unique designs, inspired by superyacht racing. Participants and visitors will be able to get their hands on this exclusive Superyacht Cup collection during the event at the CODE-ZERO stand, or online.

CODE-ZERO's regular sports line features top-performing gear created to tackle the most extreme weather conditions. These high-tech garments combine the latest innovations with the ultimate in style and comfort. Their casual line is made up of high-quality apparel: think fresh fabrics that feature stylish brand applications and cool graphics influenced by the world of sailing.

New Gold Sponsor: Code Zero. Photo: ©Martinez Studio

Cutting-Edge Racing Sails and the Conquering of K2
We're pleased to announce that Evolution Sails - as well as Gottifredi Maffioli - will be backing the regatta again this year. Evolution Sails specialize in sails for larger boats: grand prix racers and superyachts. The well-established sail makers offer everything from durable cruising sails to their regatta winning EM Membrane racing sails. These feats of engineering are all made in production lofts which are among the largest clear span sail-making lofts world-wide! Furthermore, their locally based production site is specifically set up for servicing, cleaning and storing sails for their ever-growing superyacht clientele.

The trail blazers behind Gottifredi Maffioli - official suppliers of Extreme 40 and Melges 32 classes - have been developing rope since 1926. Not only have they brought cutting-edge fibres such as Kevlar, Dyneema and PBO into the sail racing market, their products are used on high-powered boats, racing regattas such as the America's Cup, the Volvo, the Route du Rhum and the Vendée Globe. And did you know that in 1954 the company created the first climbing rope made of nylon? These leading-edge lines were used by the Italian expedition that conquered K2!

2017 SYC: Making Waves and Water

The Superyacht Cup is proud to be one of the 1,000+ regattas, rallies and cruises that are officially registered as a Clean Regatta. While last year's event marked the introduction of a 'green team', recycling station and reusable water bottles for thirsty race-crew, this edition will see the inauguration of an even more spectacular practice: we will be making our own water! MSOS will be running dock water via a Reverse Osmosis unit, through a UV lamp (in order to eliminate bacteria) and a mineral salt block, which will complement the water with good, healthy minerals. Finally, the water will go through a Kangen water Ioniser to fill it with molecular hydrogen which is super hydrating, so great for hard-working sailors battling away under the Mallorcan sun! The water-making machines will produce between 6-10 litres a minute, enabling everyone to replenish their re-usable bottles on-site. Additionally, we will be providing extra-large eco-friendly water containers so crew can also top up their bottles while racing.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Stealth Fighter Samurai and Fast Cruiser Farfalla join Fleet

With this year's third superyacht regatta (Loro Piana Caribbean SuperYacht Regatta & Rendezvous) about to explode into action, it's evident we're in the thick of the 2017 racing season. In fact, before we know it, the world's most talked-about superyachts will be heading for the glittery waters of the Mediterranean, eager to take part in Europe's longest-running superyacht regatta: The Superyacht Cup!

During the upcoming event, we'll be able to see the 32m fast cruising yacht Farfalla (2015 World Superyacht Award winner) glide across the SYC start line for the very first time. This streamlined 'butterfly' hit an impressive 23 knots on her first delivery and is known to be nimble even in the lightest of winds. During the first superyacht regatta of the year, the New Zealand Millenium Cup, Farfalla ended up on equal points with second place finisher, the 40m Janice of Wyoming.

A completely different animal, also in the run for Cup supremacy, is the 43m on-water warrior Samurai. This record breaking racer was simply built for speed and as Mari-Cha IV did exactly this. She broke the trans-Atlantic record (smashed last year by super maxi Comanche ) the Guadeloupe to Antigua record, the Hawaii Pacific Ocean record, and won the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, to name but a few. Even after her severe transition from stripped-out racing machine to superyacht, Samurai is "still a weapon to sail", as said by her Captain. (1) Indeed, she's reached rip-roaring speeds of 36 knots, which is only five less than Mari-Cha IV's max. Samurai's conversion was carried out by silver sponsors Royal Huisman - chosen by the owner because of the Dutch yard's reputation and brand pedigree.

Another entrant comfortable on the podium is the 40m Royal Huisman built well-versed racer Maria Cattiva. During the 2012 edition of the regatta her jubilant owner and elated crew were awarded the coveted 'Big Bent Cleat'. The following year she pipped the 27m Claasen Classic Atalante to the post, finishing second in Class 2. Atalante, a beautifully lined icon of the Hoek-design drawing board, will also return this year -ready and revved to get her own back, there's no two ways about it!

A completely different animal is the 43m on-water warrior Samurai. ©www.clairematches.com
Carbon fibre professionals Rondal are loyal SYC supporters, much like Royal Huisman, and have been sponsoring the regatta for many years. Apart from being bona fide racing enthusiasts, these spars and rigging experts have constructed the world's three largest one-piece carbon spars. These carbon virtuosos are currently working on Pink Gin VI's five spreader mast. This Baltic beast is, at 175ft, the world's biggest carbon fibre sloop.

(1) Quote originally appeared on www.boatinternational.com

A Different Breed of Boats

Surely, last year's participating sailors and race fans will remember The Big Class Day Sail, which added lashings of extra elan to what was already a spectacular event. We're very excited to announce that this next edition will again see a ravishing get-together of some of the most iconic vintage yachts. However, we'll be opening up this epic parade this year to more than just schooners, as we'll be inviting classics of all sizes to grace the Palma Bay as well. This will make for another fabulous viewing experience no doubt, either from shore or from the water.

One of the classics eager to return is the 55m Elena, built in 2009 by Factoria Naval de Marin as a meticulously re-built replica of the first Elena. Her predecessor finished in front at most of her early races against the crème de la crème of the American schooner fleet. The new Elena slices through the water with the grace reminiscent of a former era and, as a regular racer, has claimed victories on both sides of the Atlantic.

One of the classics eager to return is the 55m Elena. ©www.clairematches.com
The Superyacht Cup is a Clean Regatta, which means we are part of the race to protect ocean health and actively push for a cut down on single-use plastic.

Sponsorship opportunities for this 2017 event are still available. Please get in touch for more info.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Improved VPP and Growing Line-Up for 2017 Superyacht Cup

Last week's New Zealand Millennium Cup not only saw Tawera - 28m of pure energy- sail hard to finish first, but also marked the start of the 2017 superyacht racing season. Next event on the big-boat racing calendar is the SuperYacht Challenge Antigua, which will no doubt also make for a compelling spectacle.

Meanwhile, in Palma de Mallorca, preparations are in full swing for the 21st edition of the Superyacht Cup, the longest-running regatta of its kind in Europe. While anticipation for this year's battle of giants is growing, our entry list continues to see more and more exciting yachts sign up, like the 27m Claasen-built Kealoha. This modern classic performance sloop was the first of the Truly Classic 90 series and made a splash in the international yachting community by taking home the 2007 Superyacht Design Award in the category Best Sailing Yacht 24-40m. Another award-winning competitor which hails from the Hoek Design's drawing table is the 32m Irelanda. We're thrilled to see her back in the bay as the last time she competed was in 2010. She hit the sweet spot that year, sneaking in ahead of the 27m Ithaka to finish third in cruising class.

We're thrilled to see the 32m Irelanda back to race this year, the last time she competed was in 2010. © Claire Matches

A third promising contestant graced with the distinctly elegant Hoek-look is the 39m Claasen-Built Atalante. She's the largest in the Truly Classic range to date and described by Andre Hoek as one of the best boats he's ever been involved with.

Pedigree yard and Silver Sponsor Claasen are renowned for their delicious balance between traditional workmanship and the most modern of technologies. The shipyard is used to building performance boats and has constructed numerous past and present Superyacht Cup participants, including 2011 winner Drumfire and the 35m Firefly, she scored second in class the following year.

Newly Improved VPP (Velocity Prediction Programme) for 2017 Racing Season
The ORCsy rule, in play since 2015, has consistently received the thumbs-up from both owners and sailors alike. As part of its commitment to continue developing the system, the ORCsy committee had its team of technicians attend each of the nine 2016 events to make on-site observations and improvements to the rule. As more was learned about the processes and application, the rating has been fine-tuned for this season accordingly. Only a few of the numerous new technical improvements include: a better evaluation of separation drag for deep keel boats and a more accurate windage assessment of gaff sail pans with a lot of rig. Along with the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA), ORC will carry on its efforts this year to develop and update this unique boat-measurement-based rating.

Talking Trash - SYC to Take on Plastic Pollution

Did you know that, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean from land each year? We are proud to announce that we will again join the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regattas program. The ocean, lakes and rivers of our planet are in crisis with plastic pollution, oil spills, and marine debris threatening marine wildlife and human health. One of the ways we aim to help protect the waters we love to sail on is by offering support for race teams making the switch to reusable water bottles. A 'green team' will also be on-site ensuring recycling and rubbish are separated properly.

Photo courtesy of Sailors for the Sea.

Baltic Yachts on Board as Premium Partners

For the second time running we'll be able to count on the support of Baltic Yachts. Baltic Yachts boasts an impressive track record constructing high performance, multi-role carbon composite sailing yachts, like the Baltic 147 Visione. Their latest launches include Baltic 130 My Song, Baltic 115 Nikata, and of course the bold and edgy Baltic 108 Win Win. She put her competitors in the shade last year by becoming the undisputed victor in Class A and winner Overall! Additionally, the yard will be launching the already legendary Pink Gin VI later this year. At 175ft, she is the world's biggest carbon fibre sloop and promises to be one of the most spectacular superyacht launches of 2017.

Three more orders for new carbon composite performance sailing yachts measuring between 85ft and 142ft have recently filled the Baltic order book. Fingers crossed we'll be able to see them on the Superyacht Cup race course during one of our future editions!

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Superyacht Cup are still available. Please contact jane@thesuperyachtcup.com for more info.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Superyacht Cup 2017 - a Tour de Force of Regatta Winning Potential

Even though we'll need to lie in wait for the 21st edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup, which will take place from the 21st until the 24th of June, the entry list is already shaping up to be a powerful tour de force of regatta-winning-potential! No less than eleven impressive superyachts have signed up so far, none of which are strangers to the big-boat regatta circuit. The 28m Reichel Pugh designed Kiboko Dos, for example, is a regular attendee and sailed a solid race during this year's event, taking third in Class C.

Another steadfast Superyacht Cup entrant is the 45m Wally Saudade. This seasoned racer will be participating for the fourth consecutive time. The 50m Borkumriff IV, designed by Dijkstra and built by the acclaimed Royal Huisman shipyard, blasted around the Bay of Palma during our 2014 edition. We're excited to welcome each of the above boats back on the race course in June 2017!

We're excited to welcome the Royal Huisman built 50m Borkumriff IV back next year. ©Roy Roberts
This next event will, once more, see an irresistibly varied fleet. For performance based boats there will be plenty of competition to keep the most talented sailors on their toes, and eager spectators on the very edge of their seats.

The 33m Baltic-built Win Win pulled out an impressive overall win this year, but whether this uncompromising carbon rocket will be able to hold on to her title for our next regatta remains to be seen. She'll be up against the likes of the 38m lion-like Perini P2. She was steered to victory three times this past year: during the Superyacht Cup with a 'not so shabby' three out of three wins. Another one to keep tabs on will be the recently launched 34m new-generation Nautor Swan built boat Highland Fling XV. She'll be taking part in this sailors' regatta for the first time.

Apart from Superyacht Cup sailing at its best, we'll be able to look forward to a lively social programme: expect to catch up with good friends old and new while enjoying great music, delicious food, relaxing happy hours and the epic parties regular SYC participants have become accustomed to.

As in previous years, race management will be in the expert hands of the prestigious Real Club Náutico de Palma. The new NOR, freshly updated for our 2017 edition, can be found online here.

As places are limited we advise competitors keen to take on next year's challenge to register early.

In A Class of its Own

The SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) has developed a brand new initiative: the Corinthian Spirit Class. This unique class focuses on fun low-key racing, through fewer regatta expenses, a streamlined handicapping process, and less preparations needed from the captain and crew in the lead-up to an event. This new class, which will also be implemented at the Superyacht Cup, aims to revive the atmosphere of the earlier Bucket regattas, making it foremost an enjoyable and friendly event. Additionally, it will be easier for owners to get their yachts 'race ready' which means they can 'just' turn up and sail while still being able to race competitively.

Returning Sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca and St. Regis Mardavall

We're excited to announce that one of the island's leading shipyards, Astilleros de Mallorca - builders of the iconic 65m three-masted schooner SY Adix - will be returning as silver sponsors. This well-known yard boasts having refit or repair work done on more than 120 yachts annually. Many of these have been seen slicing through the Superyacht Cup circuit, like the elegant 31m Gaia or the aforementioned previous event winner, Win Win. Additionally, the yard's been given prestigious awards such as Boat International's Superyacht Award for Best Refit.

We'll also be able to count on Preferred Hotel Partner, the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, to continue their on-going support. The St. Regis is a stunning resort framed by the Tramuntana Mountains, the luxurious marina of Puerto Portals and the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. Perfect for a luscious and luxurious escape before or after an adrenaline-fuelled three days of racing.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Jane Thompson at jane@thesuperyachtcup.com for more information.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Palma's 20th Superyacht Cup, A Hard Act to Follow

The Superyacht Cup, firm favourite with owners and sailors alike, has not only become the second-biggest event on the superyacht sailing calendar, but is also the longest running regatta of its kind in Europe. An exhilarating four-day event which perfectly mixes fun times with fierce racing in the Mediterranean's most popular superyacht haunt, pretty Palma de Mallorca. An island known not only for its sun-drenched days but also for its beautiful bay, which because of its particular shape delivers a blissfully consistent sea breeze. Saudade's tacticien, Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Bouwe Bekking agrees: "We're happy how we sailed and of course the event is very nice and I think the owner will be back next year as well. Sailing-wise Palma is one of the best places in the world and very well served for superyachts."

This extra special 20th Superyacht Cup came to a truly spectacular close yesterday afternoon, with a jubilant crowd cheering on the grinning sailors of the nine winning teams who took it in turns to storm the Superyacht Cup stage. After three days of hair-raising action it was the 33m Baltic built Win Win who claimed overall victory this year. An ecstatic Clive Walker, captain on board this carbon rocket, commented: "I've got a huge smile on my face. 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. To be part of this team for the last eight years and having won with the old boat (Scorpione dei Mari) as well is incredible, just fantastic. A win-win situation!"

A well earned overall triumph for the 33m Baltic built Win Win this year ©www.clairematches.com

P2, with three bullets to her name, was the undisputed winner in Class B. In classic Class D it was the gleaming Herreshoff designed Mariette of 1915 who, also with a perfect score of three firsts, championed. In Class C the lovely Tempus Fugit proved victorious. No mean feat as she was up against a regular racer: the Vitters built Ganesha, and the ridiculously fast 35m Sojana. This speed balling boat recorded one of the highest speeds over the past few days, a whopping 17.98 knots, -she ended up clinching third. With all 22 competitors divided across four classes, racing was close and saw fast boats fighting tight battles. The ORCsy handicapping rule which was used at The Superyacht Cup again this year, also helped to turn out some of the tightest and most dramatic superyacht racing to date.

In classic Class D it was the gleaming Herreshoff designed Mariette who championed. ©www.clairematches.com

Yesterday's final race day saw light conditions yet exciting sailing which perfectly rounded off three days of rip-roaring regatta action. Big boat races are close-knit affairs, which bring together the best of the world's professional sailing talent with experienced enthusiasts. As the sun went down on this 20th edition, hundreds of happy Superyacht Cuppers will have made new friends and will be taking home sunny memories of yet another thrilling and fun-filled event. The 24m petite performer and Claasen built Hearbeat's owner/tactician enthused: "The spirit is good, I just love it, it's good racing, tight racing and very well organized. We're very happy to be here every year. Unfortunately we'll have to go back to Holland for refit so we won't be here next year, but in 2018 we'll be back to have some more fun and try and win again, just as we did in 2013!"

The 38m Perini P2 pulled out an undisputed and impressive win in Class B. ©www.clairematches.com

Although this edition's line-up saw a number of freshly launched boats and first timers running around the race-course, this year's fleet was also made up of tried and tested Cup veterans which have been returning to the island year after year for the regatta's solid sea breeze, relaxed ambiance and social events to match the on-the-water-action. The high performing, award-winning 28m Kiboko Dos for example, she claimed third in Class C, competed for the third consecutive time this year.

Our much talked about party themed '20 Years of Rock', showed us a good amount of sailors rock the dance floor as much as they ruled on the race course. Owners and their guests were able to enjoy a thoughtfully prepared three course dinner, at what is, without a doubt, one of the loveliest dinner venues in the Mediterranean: The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca. Thursday and Friday's happy hours served up cold drinks to dilute the stress after three riveting hours on the race course and saw everyone from newbie crew to seasoned sailors discuss different takes on the day's performance. Additionally, oodles of the most talented sailors could be seen chatting at the bar, with a beer in hand and a smile on their faces.

In Class C the lovely, modern classic Tempus Fugit proved victorious. ©www.clairematches.com

We would like to thank all the yachts of this year's wildly diverse fleet for the past three days of hair raising sailing and of course our sponsors who have each helped make this edition another all-round success. And while we say 'Hasta Luego' to another memorable edition of The Superyacht Cup, a regatta where the atmosphere is relaxed, the sailing fast and the dock-side fun a given, we are already looking forward to seeing the world's most gorgeous yachts take part in our next edition, June 2017. And although this 20th regatta will be a hard act to follow, plenty of competitors have already said they wouldn't want to miss out on next year's racing, we're sure all fans of superyacht sailing will wholeheartedly agree!

Highlight of Saturday's prize giving was of course the announcement of Win Win taking overall victory this year. ©www.clairematches.com

For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Carbon Flyer Win Win Fastest of the Fleet and Overall Winner of the Superyacht Cup 2016

This year's 22-strong fleet is teeming with the latest flyers, carbon rockets, and offshore racers. Moreover, most competing yachts boast having some of the biggest names in sailing on board. From America's Cup supremos to Olympic champions: stunning entries are handled by the world's racing elite. No surprise then that the past two days has seen some hot racing, bold tactics, slick crew work and battles so close they made the hair on the back of our necks stand up! Doubtlessly both the most seasoned sailors, as those new to racing, were eager to get every inch of speed out of the boats on today's deciding day of racing.

Racing was expected to face light winds today, between 8-12 knots at the start line and an even lighter 6-10, from approximately 14.00 onwards. The race committee decided on two highly tactical courses, a 20.6 nm course for Class A and a 17.8 nm course for Classes B, C and D. Both had the fleet fighting for lanes and the safety officers extra watchful as all yachts sailed hard to edge out the, equally as ambitious, competition.
Racing got underway at 13.00 and saw Sea Wave, she took third yesterday, round the downwind mark first, followed closely by Mari Cha III and the Vitters built Inouï.

P2, known for smoking it on the race course, repeated her stellar performance from Thursday and yesterday. ©www.clairematches.com

In Class A the 32m Sea Wave was the first to round Alpha, ahead of Mari Cha III and Inouï. Mari Cha III however caught up with Sea Wave and rounded the second, Illetas, mark first. Shortly after it was the feisty flyer Win Win, who forged through the fleet and hit the third mark ahead of both the 45m Vitters built Unfurled and the 33m Inouï. The 45m Vitters built Unfurled showed an impressive turn of speed as she took the upper hand and hit the fourth mark ahead of Saudade and Win Win. She then went on to cross the finish line one minute and 4 seconds ahead of the 45m Wally Saudade.

In Class B the 38m P2, known for smoking it on the race course, managed to slip away from the chasing pack and rounded the third Porrasa mark first, one minute and 45 seconds in front of the 35m Sojana, also no stranger on the regatta scene. She continued to power around the fourth mark as well as over the finish line ahead of the 46m Ganesha, who's sailed in most of the major regattas and has taken her fair share of podium glory.

In Class C the freshly launched 27m Firebird held her own and charged around the second and third mark first, leaving both Thursday's and Friday's Class winners, Tempus Fugit and Kiboko Dos, trying to hunt her down. Yesterday's champion however, the 28m Kiboko Dos, managed to reel her in and rounded the fourth mark one minute and 44 seconds ahead of her and subsequently stormed on to cross the finish line first.

The 27m Tempus Fugit certainly combined speed with style as she took today's race and Class win. ©www.clairematches.com

Class D saw the regular racer Mariette of 1915 round the first two marks ahead of Naema and the 60m Germania Nova. The latter however proved unstoppable as she closed in fast and hit the third mark two minutes and two seconds ahead of the 41m Mariette. She continued to sail a solid race, gunning it around the fourth mark and the finish, crossing three minutes and 49 seconds ahead of the 41m Herreshoff designed classic. The seasoned sailors on Germania deserved their day in the sun as they took a detour on day one and suffered from a spectacular spinnaker blow the second.

After corrections were applied the final calls were made and in Class A it was the 45m Unfurled who kept their focus under the weight of final day pressure. However it was the fiery Win Win who claimed the Class win. In Class B the 38m powerful P2 repeated her stellar performance from Thursday and yesterday and consequently took both the race, as well as Class victory. Slick crew maneuverings and smooth sailing in Class C saw the 27m Tempus Fugit scream home to champion during the race and in her Class overall, while the 41m Mariette again, was top dog in Class D.

A big, loud cheer goes out to the Baltic Yachts built 33m Win Win, who, devoured the race course during the first two days and, is officially the overall winner of The Superyacht Cup 2016!

This 20th regatta was topped off with a spirited prize-giving ceremony, which saw hundreds of happy owners, friends, captains and crew concentrated in The Superyacht Cup's main tent, still enthusiastically discussing today's exhilarating racing.

The 41m Mariette of 1915 triumphed in today's race and claimed first in Class. ©www.clairematches.com

As first, second and third prizes were awarded in each class, big groups of grinning sailors took to the stage to a soundtrack of loud whistles and woo's from the convivial crowd. Competitors were thanked for the past three days of close action and promises were made of a return to fiercely defend their hard-fought titles. Highlight was without a doubt the official announcement of this edition's overall winner, the 33m wild card Win Win. The coveted, newly re-styled and revamped, 'Big Bent Cleat' was held high with victor's pride by her beaming owner, to the roaring applause of the world's biggest fans of racing.

The Superyacht Cup also presented a cheque of 11,000 Euros to the long running local charity Joves Navegants. Initiated by an enthusiastic group of sailors, the foundation reaches out to the island's underprivileged boys and girls through the practice of sailing. Last year's donation enabled eight young adults, who are in a drug dependency recovery programme, to set sail on the beautiful 21m Galaxie: getting stuck into everything from boat maintenance and sail preparation to all sorts of exciting maneuvers at sea. No doubt, this year's contribution will be put to equally good use.

As the sun sets on the SYC Regatta Village on this last day of racing, owners, race crew, industry titans, family and friends shake hands and congratulate each other on a job well done. Certainly all will be taking home some lasting memories of what has proved to be yet another successful Superyacht Cup, filled with sunshine, tight racing, and plenty of smiling faces.

For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com

Friday, 24 June 2016

More Spectacular Sailing on Race Day Two at Palma's Superyacht Cup

The Superyacht Cup's social scene, known to rival the insane on-the-water action, has already lived up to its reputation as last night's après-race partying went on long after the sails had been packed away. Apart from a lively atmosphere and full dance floor, this year's '20 Years of Rock' theme showed some sailors' hidden talents of playing air guitar and being able to rock back-combed hair. Especially team Tenaz made a fantastic effort. Furthermore, yesterday's shindig saw sailors involved in cheerful banter and enjoy what was probably the world's largest paella, to the soundtrack of Mama Kin's retro tunes. Apart from a great ending to a beautiful first day of racing, legendary memories have been made of another epic Superyacht Cup party.

The day dawned with clear blue skies and what promised to be another sun drenched day and saw the Regatta Village bustling bright and early with the owners, crew, friends, and guests of this year's 22 spectacular superyachts, spiritedly discussing today's tactics and keen to get their sail-hungry boats back out unto the bay.

Today's custom courses for Classes A, B and C, D were spread over 21.1 and 14.3 nm respectively and took advantage of today's conditions which had been predicted to be similar to yesterday's, with the sea breeze in the lower numbers, around 8 - 11 knots. Racing was scheduled to get underway at 13.00 and it was, again, the Farr designed 32m Sea Wave that crossed the line first, followed by the 45m Mari Cha III and the fiercely green-hulled 33m Inouï. New standards were being set at the start line with boats crossing one to three seconds off the gun. The aforementioned Inouï had a flyer, crossing the line at full pelt, bang on start time.

More spectacular sailing on race day two at Palma's Superyacht Cup. ©www.clairematches.com

The first mark saw the 32m Southern Wind Sea Wave round ahead of the fleet, chased by yesterday's Class A victor, the Baltic built Win Win and the exciting Vitters built Inouï. Although Sea Wave continued to lead and hit the second mark first, she was under pressure from the highly competitive Win Win who rounded 37 seconds later. Shortly afterwards, this light-weight racer managed to reel in Sea Wave and started to pull out a big lead rounding first the fourth and then the fifth mark first. She continued to smoke it and crossed the finish line first in Class A, eight minutes and 53 seconds ahead of the Vitters built 45m Unfurled on corrected time.

Class C saw some nail-bitingly close action with five boats (Stay Calm, Heartbeat, Firebird, Kiboko Dos and Tempus Fugit) rounding the first mark within one minute and nine seconds between each other. Incredible. It was however the 28m Southern Wind Kiboko Dos who snuck past her class competitors and screamed around the course leaving the 24m Swan Stay Calm fiercely trying to hunt her down. Kiboko Dos' sharp maneuvers and serious sailing secured the crew with a first bullet in Class C. A grinning Raimon Pascó, captain on board Kiboko Dos commented: "We had the same good feeling as we had with the boat yesterday, but today we're happier, obviously. I think the circuit was better and more interesting for us with more beats and downwinds than the day before. We did some good maneuvers this afternoon, the boat performed fantastically and the crew is great, so 'Todo Bien'."

Kiboko Dos' sharp maneuvers and serious sailing secured the crew with a first bullet in Class C. ©www.clairematches.com

In Class B Perini Navi rocket P2 proved she was here again on her A game as she edged out the 35m Sojana hitting the third mark two minutes and 55 seconds before her. She continued to storm ahead towards the fourth mark with Sojana in hot pursuit and rounded two minutes and 14 seconds ahead of her. Clearly in gear today she also powered around the fifth, Bahia 1, mark and finished first, three minutes and 26 seconds in front of runner up Ganesha.

In Class D the classic two-masted gaff schooner Mariette of 1915 put in another peak performance leading both the 42m first-timer Naema and the 60m stunningly elegant Germania Nova around the race course. She finished nine minutes and 42 seconds ahead of the classically elegant 42m gaff schooner Naema on corrected time.

P2 and Win Win, in Class A and B respectively, go into the final race with a lead of three points. In Class C Tempus Fugit holds the trump card, but with only 1 point separating this tenacious team from the 28m Kiboko Dos. In Class D two points separate Mariette of 1915 from second placed Naema

After racing, crew made a post debrief lay line for the Regatta Bar sponsored by Southern Spars or indeed continued battle back in port through paddle power, as especially for this year's 20th event, premium partners Pendennis are hosting a relay paddle board race as part of the shore side entertainment. Fancy dress encouraged!

For this year's 20th event premium partner Pendennis hosted a relay paddle board race. ©www.clairematches.com

Yacht owners and their guests were brought to the exclusive St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort to enjoy a delicious dinner, celebratory drinks, and great atmosphere. All traveled in style by Transfer Class, the leading company in vehicle rental, as well as the top provider of limousines and buses in the premium segment. With one group of guests on the South-West coast of the island and all other sailors in Superyacht Cup central, we're certain in both spots all talk will feature tomorrow's final day of sailing, as everything will come to the clinch in Saturday's ultimate showdown.

Racing is set to continue tomorrow with the first starting signal scheduled for 13.00 and coastal courses on the cards for all classes.

Connect with us through Twitter #SYC and Facebook for real time updates of all the action on and off the race course and / or stay up to speed by following the race live via TracTrac.

For high res images contact Claire Matches at mail@clairematches.com