Yachts from all corners of the globe are headed for the annual Superyacht Cup in Plama which kicks off on 20 June. Bolero, Bliss and Athos have returned from the far reaches of Asia and the Pacific, with many others including Missy, Velsheda and Svea arriving from the Caribbean.
The impressive fleet has had a further boost with the recent addition of 50m ketch Silencio, matching performance with good looks as a previous winner of both the 2013 Perini Cup and 2015 Millennium Cup. Launched by Perini Navi in 2001, Silencio (ex-Perseus) was extensively refitted in 2012.
With so many yachts returning to the Med for the Superyacht Cup, Palma has also been delivering on its reputation for outstanding maintenance, refit and repair facilities.
“The sense of excitement around Palma is growing with every passing day as the start of the Superyacht Cup gets closer,” said Event Manager Kate Branagh.
“We are ready and waiting to put on one of the greatest sailing shows on Earth, and I am sure all the owners, skippers and crews, some of whom have travelled long distances to be here, will have a wonderful time.”
Q will be joining the Corinthian Class, image by Michael Kurtz, Pantaenius
Meanwhile, organisers confirm that this year the Superyacht Cup will include a Corinthian class, allowing owners to share the thrills of racing without a spinnaker and with a smaller crew.
Entries into this slightly more relaxed category include the 52m long-distance cruising ketch Q, and the elegant 46m sloop Scorpione of London, one of two Baltic Yachts, a Superyacht Cup Gold Partner.
Confirming the Superyacht Cup’s international reach, the event’s Preferred Hotel Partner is St Regis, with more than 60 hotels worldwide. St. Regis will host the Paella Dock Party at Jack’s Club at the heart of the race village on Thursday and the Owners Mid-Summer BBQ on Friday.
As part of the relaxed shoreside social programme during all four days of the Superyacht Cup, event Gold Partner Pendennis will again be running their highly competitive Pendennis Paddleboard Challenge on Friday 22 June.
Yachts can continue the friendly rivalry by entering one or more teams of four ppaddleboarders for a relay race off the Palma dockside!
Pantaenius Insurance has supported the Superyacht Cup from the start and this is the first superyacht regatta to engage crews and owners in joining the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regattas programme.
Racing for the J Class is 20-23 June 2018
Racing for the Superyachts is 21-23 June 2018
*Image credits: Copyright Claire Matches and Michael Kurtz, Pantaenius.