Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
The Waiting is Over for Superyacht Cup Palma
At long last the waiting is almost over as the final countdown begins to the landmark celebration of Europe’s longest running superyacht regatta and now Superyacht Cup Palma is go!
The 25th anniversary gathering has successfully adapted itself to the local pandemic requirements, with permitted shoreside activities now centred around the iconic Real Club Náutico De Palma in the heart of Mallorca’s capital.
Meanwhile the heartbeat of the event remains unaffected, with a striking fleet of nine superyachts waiting to lined for three days of thrilling racing in the unrivalled sailing conditions out on the Bay of Palma.
“It has been a long time waiting to get to where we are, but we have got there and are delighted to welcome what is a wonderful array of superyachts to our 25th anniversary regatta,” said Event Director Kate Branagh.
“Superyacht Cup Palma will of course have a new feel to it this year, but at its core we will deliver what is truly important to the owners, their friends, captains and crews – great racing out on the bay. Come Saturday, if they all have a smile on their face, then it is mission accomplished.”
Divided into two classes the fleet consists of a mix of returning previous entries, and first-timers keen to experience the unique atmosphere and competitive but friendly racing at the home of Mediterranean superyacht sailing.
In Class A the sleek 34 metre Nilaya from Baltic Yachts is joined by another equally competitive returnee the 33 metre Missy. They will be up against two cup debutantes, both Frers designs from Nautor’s Swan – the powerful 35 metre Shamanna and well-campaigned 24 metre Umiko, a stunning example of the Swan 80 performance cruising brand.
The elegant low-profile Missy will be looking to pick-up where she left off, with a win in her final race in 2019, and a competitive start to this season. Her tactician Matt Humphries said: “The Superyacht Cup is the premier superyacht event; it always has been. We love being here. Palma can produce some tricky conditions tactically, but it is always fun, and we are all waiting and looking forward to it – the competition will be good.”
Another first-timer, the 43 metre Ravenger (ex-Sea Eagle), is waiting keenly to join the action in Class B. There she will face the light and manoeuvrable 35 metre sloop Baiurdo VI and a trio of 46 metre returnees: the Perini Navi world cruiser Aquarius, the largest yacht at the event; Scorpione of London, another Baltic example making the step up from the Corinthian class in 2018; and Ganesha, built – like Missy – by Vitters Shipyard.
Ganesha has been something of an SYC regular, and her captain Alex Pamment is looking forward to renewing the sloop’s acquaintance with the Bay of Palma.
“The appeal this year is being able to return to normality and go racing again,” he said. “Our last race was here three years ago in 2018. Obviously last year was a non-event and the year before that we were in the Pacific, so the appeal is to get the boat up and running and get out on Palma Bay and push her to the limit.
“Generally Palma has pretty reliable conditions with a good sea breeze, and in a normal year a great social time ashore. The racing is still the main thing for us for sure, to give the owner the enjoyment of his yacht back on the water with a full team of professional sailors where we can really maximise the yacht’s performance – that’s the appeal of the Superyacht Cup Palma for us.”
Racing starts on Thursday with the Pantaenius Race Day, supported by the marine insurer, and continues on Friday with New Zealand Race Day.
Matters on the water will conclude with the final race on Saturday, which will be followed by the prize-giving at RCNP. There a wide range of prizes will be awarded to competing yachts provided by DYT Yacht Transport, Marinepool, and Rondal.
Also to be awarded is a special prize from North Sails which will go to the yacht which best captures the ‘Spirit of the Event’. The beautiful limited-edition crystal and Sterling silver ship’s decanter and glasses is awarded in memory of North Sails founder Lowell North.