Watch the Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca from your own yacht

Make the Superyacht Cup Palma part of your plans during your luxury yacht charter in the Balearics this summer!

The Superyacht Cup Palma

Renowned for being Europe’s longest-running regatta, the Superyacht Cup Palma will return to the Balearic waters for four days of racing action. This year’s superyacht regatta calendar is packed with opportunities for owners to race their boats in stunning settings. Whether you are attending to witness the exhilarating competition or are more interested in the après scene, make the Superyacht Cup Palma part of your plans during your luxury yacht charter in the Balearics this summer! The festival of sail will be held from June 29 to July 2, 2022 and a twelve to fifteen strong fleet is expected. The Superyacht Cup Palma is hosted in Muelle Viejo, a charming little marina just a stone’s throw from Palma’s historical Old Town. This marina is well-served to suit your needs if you decide to watch the spectacle from the comfort of your own yacht. The prestigious Real Club Náutico de Palma, the Superyacht Cup’s long-standing race management partner, will again provide the elegant setting for the shore base for the series of boat races. Did you know that the term regatta comes from the Venetian language, with regatta meaning ‘contest’?

Racing in the Bay of Palma is ideal for newcomers who may find rounding inflatable marks less daunting than a rocky outcrop, and the bay’s sheltered position means there are no boat-breaking big seas. Ten superyachts measuring between 27 and 42 meters in length have already expressed an interest in competing in this year’s edition of the Superyacht Cup Palma. The pleasant temperatures the island of Mallorca is known for, complemented by a light sea breeze, will ensure the yachts can reach their top speeds as they slice through the water. Taking place around the Bay of Palma, the cup invariably attracts some stellar superyachts eager to be crowned the victor of this prestigious regatta. Last year, Baltic Yachts’ 33 meters sailing yacht WinWin lived up to her name when she was awarded the winning title.

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A fabulous shoreside program

A laid-back southern Mediterranean vibe prevails at the Superyacht Cup. You can leave your jackets and ties at home, this is a shorts and T-shirt event. Uniquely, this regatta is contained within a fenced-in event village, proving that relaxed and informal can also mean ultra-exclusive. Away from the races, competitors and spectators alike expect a fabulous shoreside program. The event is known for its glitzy awards ceremonies, cocktail parties and dockside events, which all aid in creating a social and friendly ambience that’s in keeping with the regatta spirit of camaraderie and team spirit.

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Essential people at the Palma Superyacht Regatta

Drop-in on any superyacht regatta and you will note some high-profile professional sailors with well-earned star status based on their expertise as a designer, rigger, sailmaker or veteran of many racing events. They often have key positions as navigators, tacticians, crew bosses or helmsmen. These men and women made and maintain their reputations by doing their part to make the program successful, whether that is learning the race course and studying charts or learning the yacht and its gear and the abilities of the rest of the crew.

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The J Class yachts are unique

The Superyacht Cup will also see a day of J Class racing before the superyacht fleet takes to the water. The J Class is a different animal altogether. J Class yachts were the original America’s Cup racers. In 1929, tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton commissioned the build of the first J Class yacht for his fifth and last America’s Cup bid. The boat was 36.58 meter Shamrock V, which was the first and only J Class yacht to be constructed in wood.

J Class yachts are bred for racing, and it is their one design class that makes them so ideal for the sport. When you see Js out on the racecourse, the first thing that catches the eye, besides their staggering beauty, is that the race is so close! When the J Class yachts started racing in the 1930s, it was under the Universal Rule, which used waterline length, displacement and sail area to control the rating. Nowadays, the fleet is made up of an intriguing mix of refitted originals and new-build replicas, some outfitted with luxurious interiors. The new J Class Rating takes this into account, using a computational model that considers hull design, mast and sail plan to give each yacht an adjusted time. Even still, the relative difference in performance of Js is small. The J Class racing is thrilling, action-packed and always a fight to the finish. Sleek, slim and seeming to just slip through the water, the J Class yachts turn heads wherever they roam. While they were designed as racing beasts, these boats are undeniably beauties. The J Class yachts are also proven ocean-goers and many have comfortable, luxurious interiors, making them far more welcoming for long voyages than a modern, flat-out racing yacht.

Js tend to try and keep the same crew at least for the season and, where possible, year on year. Keeping the team together reduces the amount of practice time needed before a regatta. J Class entries Topaz, Ranger and Velsheda are confirmed to be competing in Palma. Will you be rooting for Topaz this year? She got her start as more of a luxurious cruising J Class yacht and is working her way toward a devoted racing sail inventory. Built from a 1935 Frank C Paine A design, Topaz is a newer J, launched in 2015. She has the longest waterline of all the J Class yachts, with the highest keel aspect ratio, giving her more stability and righting moment.

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With its sparkling social program, idyllic weather conditions and thrilling off-shore racing scene, the Superyacht Cup Palma is one of the most hotly-anticipated events for the Mediterranean yachting community. Will you be watching from ashore during a private event or onboard your own yacht, sipping your favorite cocktail? You can do both while on charter in the Balearics and on top of this, also soak up everything this blissful Spanish island has to offer!

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