The Superyacht Cup Palma (SYC) is one of our favourite events. And it’s back on. This high level of yacht racing will take place from 23-26 June, the 25th anniversary of the event. Europe’s longest-running super yacht regatta should attract a competitive range of entries.
A new look event
Organisers have put the focus firmly on the racing in the Bay of Palma. The shoreside venue relocating to Superyacht Cup’s long-standing race management collaborator Real Club Nautico De Palma (RCNP).
Adding to the appeal, 2021 will see the debut of the Superyacht Cup Performance Class. The class will race on a separate course, joining the original Superyacht Class and the non-spinnaker Corinthian Superyacht Class.
“We know there is a yearning for competitive sailing after what has of course been a challenging time for everyone,” said SYC Event Director Kate Branagh.
“By keeping the focus out on the water, we know we can meet all local pandemic restrictions. Keep owners, skippers, crews and our partners safe, and deliver exciting superyacht racing on what will be our 25th anniversary at the home of Mediterranean superyacht sailing.”
Branagh also welcomed the “incredible” support for the 2021 regatta from SYC’s partners, friends, suppliers and collaborators, not least the RCNP, which is also making a few berths available for visiting competitors on a first come, first served basis.
A good collaboration
President of the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Emerico Fuster, is delighted with the agreement reached with the Superyacht Cup: “We have been collaborating with the Superyacht Cup Palma for years.”
He continues, “The partnership that we are launching this year benefits our club and the SYC.”
The range of racing options has attracted early interest across the diverse superyacht world. The 46m Dubois- designed Ganesha is looking set to return to the Superyacht Class, while the lightweight 30m WallyCento Magic Carpet3 is a possible contender in the Performance Class.
The 40m modern classic ketch Huckleberry is interested in entering the SYC, Palma. Their Superyacht Cup Palma debut in 2019 saw them receive the inaugural North Sails Trophy. The annual Boat of the Day award is dedicated to the memory of North Sails founder Lowell North.
“We had a great time at our first ever Superyacht Cup Palma, and we have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to repeat the experience,” said Huckleberry captain Carlos Potier.
Entries from the J Class fleet are a distinct possibility. Velsheda’s overall SYC Palma victory in 2018, when they held off a determined challenge from the superketch Mari-Cha III, is perhaps inspirational to other owners and crews to enter. Three or more J Class yacht entries will allow for their own racing class.