Watch the Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca from your own yacht
From the South of France to St Barth's, the superyacht regatta calendar is packed with opportunities for owners to race their boats in stunning settings. Next stop: the Superyacht Cup Palma 2023! Renowned for being Europe’s longest-running regatta, the Superyacht Cup Palma will return to the Balearic waters for four days of racing action from 21-24 June 2023.
Who will be at the The Superyacht Cup Palma?
New entries have boosted the Superyacht Cup Palma fleet with just a month to go to the 27th edition of the annual celebration of sail. Back for a second successive year is the 24m Rose, the Wally Yacht took a race win on her debut in 2022, and she will be joined by Superyacht Cup Palma first-timer Lady M, a 39m Dubois design from New Zealand’s Fitzroy Yachts yard. With the countdown now on, the duo are preparing to join the fleet gathered for Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta out on the Bay of Palma.
“Superyacht Cup Palma began life back in 1996 as a straightforward dock party for yacht crews waiting to go transatlantic and celebrating the end of the Mediterranean sailing season,” said SYC Event Director Kate Branagh.
“Over the years we have worked hard to evolve and improve the event, keeping the fun and the great racing at its heart while bringing in pioneering initiatives. This year we are going back to our roots and hosting all the superyachts together at Real Club Náutico de Palma and adding dock parties to our social events. We are looking forward to welcoming back old friends and greeting newcomers alike.”
Among the highly-prized returnees in 2023 – and a big part of SYC’s success – are Preferred Hotel Partner St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, Official Timepiece Jaquet Droz, Destination Partner New Zealand, and event host the Real Club Náutico de Palma, SYC’s long-standing race management partner.
Out on the water, and in the spirit of old friends welcoming the new, 2023 will see the return to the Superyacht Cup fray of the modern Ribelle – last seen at SYC in 2017 – and her Vitters-built stablemate Pattoo, who will be looking to repeat her class win of last year.
And a pair of Nautor Swan entries represent both sides of the coin, with the Swan 80 Umiko returning after her debut in 2021, and the Swan 100 Onyx making her first-ever appearance at SYC. Also, a first-timer is the 36m Dubois-designed world cruiser, Miss Silver. Meanwhile, the familiar – and dramatic – shape of the J Class yachts Svea and Velsheda will also be making a welcome reappearance.
“The Superyacht Cup has always put on a great show,” said Steve Hayles, an Ocean Race veteran and regular at SYC who will be racing onboard Svea as navigator. “Sailing in Palma is always a highlight of my season, and this regatta hits the perfect balance of well-organised, competitive racing on the water and a fun and friendly atmosphere ashore.”
Check out the official program: The Superyacht Cup Palma.
Please note that this year, the Superyacht Cup Palma’s charity support will be directed to the Save The Med Foundation, which works for a clean and healthy Mediterranean Sea. For more information and to support the charity, please click here.
A fabulous shoreside program
A laid-back southern Mediterranean vibe prevails at the Superyacht Cup in Palma, Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta. 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.
While racing in the Bay of Palma may not offer the same dramatic scenery as the Caribbean, it is ideal for newcomers who may find rounding inflatable marks less daunting than a rocky outcrop, and its more sheltered position means there are no boat-breaking big seas. The race committee has the ability to set courses in the bay to suit the fleet and to really give every yacht a better chance to sail to its rating.
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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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 favourite 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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