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Europe’s Longest-Running Regatta: The Superyacht Cup Palma Guide

The longest-running superyacht regatta in Europe, the four-day Superyacht Cup Palma is set against the stunning backdrop of the idyllic Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Taking place over five days from 19th to the 23rd of June this year, the balmy summer temperatures and exhilarating action draws some of the world’s most beautiful sailing yachts as well as elegant crowds of spectators.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Superyacht Cup Palma is open to sailing yachts over 24 metres in length which compete in a series of races spread across the four day regatta. Thanks to a clever handicap system, yachts of widely varying lengths and design can sail alongside each other. The races are divided into two groups, the J-class races which take place from June 20th to 23rd and the Superyachts races which are programmed for June 21st to 23rd.

As well as the thrilling races, there will also be a busy social schedule when the crews and skippers return ashore. Highlights include the Welcome Cocktail Party on Wednesday 20th June which is hosted by 100% Pure New Zealand, the Paella Dock Party on Thursday 21st June and the much-anticipated Owners Mid-Summer Barbecue on Friday 22nd June.

Crews will also have the chance to participate in the highly-competitive team relay race known as the Pendennis Paddleboard Challenge on Friday 22nd June. The event draws to an exuberant close on the evening of 23rd June with the Prize-Giving Ceremony and subsequent celebrations at the Race Village.

TOP YACHTS

With 18 gorgeous sailing yachts entered for this year’s races, the Superyacht Cup is an ideal event for indulging in a little boat watching. Amongst our favorite yachts participating in the races is the 33 metre/108 foot carbon fibre yacht Missy which was launched in July 2016 by Vitters and boasts a chic exterior design courtesy of Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design.

Another front runner in the Superyacht Cup style stakes is the 43.6/143 foot meter S/Y Svea which is a gorgeous J Class yacht also built by the Dutch shipyard Vitters and launched in 2017. This sublime sailing yacht designed by Hoek Design Naval Architects just won the St Barths Bucket earlier in the year and is looking to repeat that victory here in Palma!

Another strong contender in the races will be the 45.19 meter/148.26 foot sloop-rigged Saudade who was designed by Harrison Eidsgaard and built in Italy by Wally. She has an unbroken streak of winning her class at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta every year from 2015 to 2017. All eyes will be watching to see if her talented crew and skipper can pull off a win in Palma as well!

ENTRY & TICKETS

Although the Superyacht Cup is a private, invite-only event, members of the public are able to visit the Race Village on Saturday 23rd June between the hours of 9:00 and 13:00. Here you’ll be able to see the superyachts participating in the Cup moored up in the Muelle Viejo against the striking backdrop of Palma’s old town and the striking cathedral.

Alice Longhurst

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