The 2019 edition of the Superyacht Cup Palma reached a captivating conclusion with the best day’s racing yet. The final St. Regis Race was graced with a bright and clear day, the Mallorcan mountains providing a stunning backdrop to the nail-biting action on the water. The sea breeze developed after a short delay and the race committee launched the fleet for the deciding contest of the event.
In Class A, 33m Win Win managed to secure her third successive victory with a narrow margin of just 33 seconds on corrected time ahead of Nilaya, leaving Open Season to take third in the race and overall in the class. This triumph is the second SYC win for Javier Jaudenes-designed Baltic Yacht boat, which also came out on top in 2016. “It’s great and we are very happy – we worked for it and it wasn’t easy, but it was nice clean racing and we just kept it simple. The owner is very happy!” Said her delighted skipper Ryan Taylor.
It was Class B that saw the closest racing of the event, with three different winners for each of the races. Overall Topaz edged a single point ahead of her J-Class rival Velsheda to win the class, with lightweight flyer Missy only a point further behind for third.
Meanwhile Class C went to the stunning 30m Bequia, with Huckleberry and Kealoha tied for second and third. Bequia’s skipper said, “It’s always fun to win and we have great owners and a fantastic team on board as we celebrate Bequia having 10 years on the water.
“It’s fantastic to be here in Palma in such perfect conditions, ideal for us, and great to come away with a class win. The owners and the crew have also really enjoyed the shoreside activities as well. The Owners Dinner was superb, the owners loved it, and generally the whole attitude of the regatta is fabulous, it’s not too pompous or anything like that, it’s a good fun time for everybody.”
The appeal of the Superyacht Cup Palma runs throughout the fleet, including those participating simply for the enjoyment without any expectation of winning their class or the Cup itself. Among them are Tulip, the Dutch modern classic taking part for their fourth year, sailed again by friends and family. Speaking before the final day of racing, co-owner Alicia van Vissengen commented,“It’s absolutely fantastic. We know we are not going to be in the one or two but it doesn’t matter as we are enjoying ourselves so much – that’s what it is all about, it is really, really fun. Good vibes, lovely people, good organisation, great company, wonderful weather, Palma is fantastic – what more do you want?”
Equally memorable as the racing were the onshore activities for owners and their crew. From Happy Hours to a Paddle Board Challenge to Dock parties, it has been a packed few days in Palma. When as much fun has been had as this, naturally the date of the next edition is on everyone’s minds. Announcing the dates of next year’s regatta, Event Director Kate Branagh said: “It has been another great year for The Superyacht Cup Palma and it has been a real pleasure for the whole team and I see so many happy faces out on the water and then back here in the SYC Race Village.
“The 24th edition of The Superyacht Cup Palma will be held from 17 to 20 June 2020. We look forward to seeing all of you back here for another marvellous festival of superyacht sailing.”
Well done to all the organisers who made this event possible, it was one to remember!