Building sea breeze gives perfect conditions for the first race of the Superyacht Cup
A building sea breeze gave the 21-strong fleet of yachts in the annual Superyacht Cup perfect racing conditions today in Palma. The race today was over a 25-mile course and featured a staggered start to condense finishing times into a spectacle procession of some of the world’s finest and most immaculately maintained sailing superyachts.
The fleet ranges from the 24m Truly Classic Heartbeat to the mighty new 60m Perini Navi Perseus^3, whose carbon rig towers over her competitors. She now famously boasts the world’s largest sail, a massive 2,600 square metre A2 spinnaker, built by Doyle.
In between is a great array of yachts in every style, from neo-classics such as the 55m Hoek Design ketch Marie to more outright performance sloops such as the Wally Cento Open Season, the sublime-looking new 33m Baltic Yachts WinWin and Inoui, a bright green Briand-designed sloop that has become a regatta regular.
In winds that built steadily to 16-17 knots through the afternoon, the fleet enjoyed a final run and beat to the finish that saw victories in the three classes for Marie, with America’s Cup veteran Tony Rey aboard calling tactics, the superbly well-sailed 45m Baltic Yachts Visione, and Inouï.
Clive Walker, captain of WinWin enthused: “I’ll tell you what, with the building breeze all day and excitement escalating throughout the whole race it was pretty spectacular and the second upwind leg we had probably nine superyachts all lined up, heading at a similar speed, just charging, charging, charging towards the shore.”
Below are some photos of the action today by Claire Matches.
The beautiful Spirit Yachts 100 Gaia
Chasing hard: Southern Winds 94 Kiboko
The 24m Wally Tilakkhana working her way up the first beat
The glorious sight of the 55m Hoek Design ketch Marie at a mark rounding
Crew on the rail of the Briand-designed Perini Navi sloop P2
The indomitable and very hard raced Visione, which won her class today
The 33m carbon composite Briand-designed sloop Inouï
Another view of Wally Yachts Tilakkhan
A tight reach on board the 27m Frers design Odin
Ready for the hoist on the 46m Dubois design Ganesha