The 2014 edition of the Superyacht Cup in Palma is ready to kick off on the 18th June, and promises to be a spectacular event once more.
The Superyacht Cup Palma is a pursuit luxury yacht race. A pursuit race ultimately allows cruising vessels of different breeds to race against one another in a format in which they all start at the same time from the same starting line.
This is a three day event with a unique format. For The Superyacht Cup Palma there is now additionally a new IRC class for the more performance-orientated yachts with a current IRC certificate.
On day one the boats line up and the start times are radioed to them. Start times on day one are staggered allowing the slower yachts a head start and the faster yachts start after. All of the yachts run the entire course of the race and then their course times are recorded at the finish line.
The object of the race is to get to the finish line first by passing the other yachts. Points are awarded according to the place in which the boat crosses the finish line times 0.1. The first boat will get 1 x 0.1 for 0.1 point; the second boat gets 2 x 0.1 for 0.2 points, and so on.
On day two the start times are calculated by the results of day one, and again the boats all line up at the start line and wait for a radioed “Go”. The points are given in the same manner as day one, except the calculation is x 1. So the first boat to cross the finish line would receive 1 x 1 for 1 point, second gets 2 x 1 for 2 points, etc.
On day three the start times are calculated by the results of day two and the boats start in the same way as days one and two. The points are higher on day three as they are calculated by x 1.5. First place gets 1 x 1.5 for 1.5 points, second gets 2 x 1.5 for 3 points.
At the end of race three, the total points from all three days are added up and the boat with the lowest point value is declared the overall winner of the Cup.