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The Superyacht Cup Palma | High-performance class

by Ingrid Hale

The 2020 Superyacht Cup Palma has announced the addition of a new performance racing class, presenting superyacht owners with the opportunity to test their thoroughbred vessels in a classic racing format. Sail+Leisure is proud to be an official media partner to this prestigious event.

Always looking to improve and enhance the experience of  Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta, organisers have introduced the performance class to provide a venue for the latest generation of high-speed and hi-tech sailing yachts.

The Superyacht Cup Performance Class will now join the ever-popular Original Superyacht Class and the Corinthian Spirit Superyacht Class at the 24th edition of the Superyacht Cup Palma from 17 to 20 June 2020. This innovative move has already been met with great excitement within the superyacht community, with Freya – the Frers-designed 27m Swan 90S – expressing a firm interest in signing up.

‘The new Performance Class is a great fit for a yacht like Freya,” said captain Jonathan ‘Joph’ Carter. “She was built with speed and performance in mind and the owner, as well as the whole crew, look forward to showing what she is capable of in Palma.’

Superyacht Palma event Director Kate Branagh adds, ‘The Superyacht Cup Palma has gotten better and better over the past 23 years, and every year we listen to the owners, skippers and crews and then look for ways to improve on what we deliver.’

She continues, ‘It has always been a celebration of sailing in all its diversity, for yachts old and new, traditional and modern, and that vision remains at the heart of the event. The introduction of the Performance Class offers a bespoke category for the new generation of ultra-modern high-performance flyers, along with the excitement and challenge of a fleet start,’

With the Original Superyacht Class as the broad range of yachts that have an established presence on Palma Bay, and the Corinthian Class – more relaxed non-spinnaker racing, and now the addition of the the Performance class, SYC Palma now has something for everyone, according to regular participant Peter Holmberg. ‘I’ve raced in Palma for many years on all kinds of boats and I know it works because the owners love sailing here. You now have a growing number of owners who have gone for fast, lightweight racer-cruisers, so for them to have their own high-performance class is a smart move – and it will also produce some great racing as well.’

Registration is now open for the Superyacht Cup Palma 2020 which is sure to deliver its magical mix of a vibrant social scene at the Race Village in the heart of Palma, and the excitement of racing in ideal conditions out on the Bay of Palma.

Post-racing Happy Hour parties will feature once more, with the Owners’ Dinner at the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort – SYC’s Preferred Hotel Partner – a highlight of the event.

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