Preparations are getting underway for the Superyacht Cup Palma 2020, which will be held from June 17 – 20 of next year. Held in Palma de Mallorca, the event will mark the 24th edition of one of Europe’s oldest superyacht regattas and the line-up is expected to feature several innovations including the Superyacht Cup Performance Class which is new for 2020. The organizers have already had a flurry of interest from owners and captains keen to enter Spain’s premier superyacht event including 219ft (66.9m) carbon Baltic Yachts superketch Hetairos and Frers-designed 88.5ft (27m) Swan 90S Freya.
Other probable entrants include the 160ft (49m) Saudade, a regular at the Superyacht Cup Palma, which was designed by Harrison Eidsgaard and built by Wally. First timers are likely to include 121ft (37m) sloop Genevieve built by Alloy Yachts and designed by Dubois.
All eyes will be on the new Superyacht Cup Performance Class which will feature a competitive fleet start and will be raced under the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). The event will have its own course separate from the Original Superyacht Class and Corinthian Spirit Superyacht Class which is dedicated to non-spinnaker racing. Completing the prizes on offer is the Boat of the Day which is dedicated to the memory of North Sails founder Lowell North. The award was presented for the first time at the Superyacht Cup Palma 2019 to 130ft (40m) Huckleberry built by Alloy Yachts.
“It is always exciting to feel that the countdown has begun and that our preparations are already coming together, even with six months to go to next June,” commented SYC Event Director Kate Branagh. “The Superyacht Cup Palma has always been about diversity and delivering the best possible experience to the owners, skippers and crews who take part, and with the new Performance Class lining up alongside the Original Superyacht Class and Corinthian Spirit Superyacht Class, we really can offer something for everyone.”