Super Yacht Racing in 2013 Gets Off to a Good Start

2013 looks like being another busy year for super yacht racing, the first regatta of the year will be the Antigua Superyacht Challenge at the end of this month.
In March there are two events taking place virtually back-to-back
The first in the British Virgin Islands and then another in St Barth’s, where more racing yachts are expected to be racing than ever before.
Palma, Mallorca is preparing for a full line up of 20 entries this year and with the confirmation of the J Class yachts the spaces are being taken up fast.
Last year saw numbers in Palma reduced as several yachts made the decision to head to the UK for the London Olympic celebrations and the Superyacht Cup Cowes, but this year the focus will once again be on Palma.
The Notice of Race is now available on the website  and entry forms can be obtained from the organisers.
The Palma fleet so far includes several boats who will have competed in the Caribbean, such as the
  • P2
  • Athos
  • Velsheda
  • Ranger
  • Lionheart

The latest yacht to register is the new modern-classic 26m Tulip, designed by German Frers and built by K&M Yacht Builders in Holland.
She was launched in the Autumn of last year and with her lightweight interior and carbon rig is likely to be a competitive entry.
Long-term Superyacht Cup sponsor Pantaenius have donated 40 Nikon Rangefinders to help ensure safe racing at SRYA (Superyacht Racing Association) sanctioned regattas.
All SYRA regattas are sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016 and the recently approved Appendix SY
The changes to the RRS through this appendix are all based on the fundamental need to keep appropriate distance between superyachts and 40 meters is the designated minimum separation.