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Racing Gets Underway at the Superyacht Cup Palma

Racing Gets Underway at the Superyacht Cup Palma

Day one of racing at the Superyacht Cup Palma got off to a fine start this morning with a total of 22 superyachts preparing to compete in the momentous 20th edition of the regatta.

Setting the scene for three days of thrilling racing, the SYC Regatta Village is buzzing with excitement, the yachts are fully tuned, and Owners and crew are fired up to compete in what is anticipated to be one of the toughest events on this year’s superyacht racing calendar.

Almost half of the sailing yachts signed up for the Mediterranean race are available for charter, including Vitters’ 46m/151ft sailing yacht GANESHA. A strong contender, she has notched up regatta wins in St Barths and Sardinia, and finished second in her class at last year’s Palma cup.

The award-winning 38m/124ft sailing yacht P2, delivered by Perini Navi in 2008, is entered into the competition too and will be hoping for a podium finish this year after finishing fourth in her class at the 2015 event.

sailing yacht GANESHA competes in Palma Superyacht Cup
sailing yacht P2 competes in Superyacht Cup Palmasailing yacht ATALANTE competes in superyacht cup Palma

All eyes are expected to be on newly launched 39m/127ft charter yacht ATALANTE to see how she fares after scooping an iconic Neptune trophy at the World Superyacht Awards earlier this year. Launched in 2015 from the Claasen yard, she will aim to make her mark against the more experienced competitors.

Yet, they will all be facing stiff competition from the 46m/151ft sailing yacht UNFURLED, who was likewise launched just last year but bagged a win at the 2016 St Barths Bucket, as well as the 45m/147ft sailing yacht ‘Mari Cha III’, known to have reached speeds in excess of 30 knots.  

Plus, the 45m/148ft sailing yacht SAUDADE will be hoping to defend her title after finishing third in her class in 2015, while other new names to look out for include the 32m/105ft sailing yacht ‘Sea Wind’ and the 27m/89ft sailing yacht FIREBIRD.  

New names to look out for include the 32m/105ft sailing yacht ‘Sea Wind’ and the 27m/89ft sailing yacht FIREBIRD

crew on schooner at Big Class Sail DayCrew working hard on schooner at Big Class Sail Day
crew member on mast of schooner at Big Class Sail Day in Palma

Yesterday the event got underway with the Big Class Day Sail, where five vintage schooners took to the Palma waters to showcase their grace and good looks much to the delight of onlookers, and a lively social programme is planned to take place alongside the racing.

For further information on any of the charter yachts competing at the 2016 Superyacht Cup Palma, please speak to your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively take a look at all luxury yachts available for charter in the Balearics.


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