The Superyacht Cup got underway on Wednesday 19 June with a first day of racing exclusively for the five J Class yachts, which had already caused quite a stir simply moored stern to along the regatta village dock. It’s the first time five J class yachts have raced in the Med, following last summer’s UK racing where four of the same yachts competed. Throwing Hanuman into the mix made for even more dramatic racing.
Lionheart and Hanuman jostled for position at the first mark and upon rounding the first downwind mark. The rest of the fleet were tightly packed with only a boat’s length between them but Hanuman was able to snatch the lead when Lionheart had some difficulty with her jib. The second downwind leg saw another movement in the positions, with Hanuman still in the clear but Ranger making steady progress. At the last windward mark, Hanuman retained first, followed by Ranger four minutes later. On corrected time Hanuman won by one and half minutes with Ranger taking second place.
On day two, sponsored by Pantaenius, SB was fortunate enough to get out on the host yacht, Song of the Sea, a 34m Nautor Swan. From here we had a great view of racing and captured a film, which can be seen on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/sybusiness).
The 15 strong main fleet were lead for the majority of the 3.5 hour race by Firefly, a 35m Claasen built aluminum sloop. She took line honours and would have finished well ahead of P2 had it not been for a blown spinnaker in a downwind leg.
John Winder of International Super Yacht Rule, commented, “This is some of the closest superyacht racing that we’ve seen, the results are proof that the rating system works as there are only seconds between the yachts on corrected time.” This is the first time that real time wind data (strength and direction) has been applied per leg to create a more accurate result, rather than relying on a pre race estimate.
The Js had another thrilling windward leeward race; Rainbow and Hanuman were quick off the start with Hanuman then taking the lead for another bullet. It was another tight race with only 5.5 minutes elapsed time splitting the fleet over the two hour 10 minute race.
Maria Cattiva, the Huisman built Bruce King design, was the fleet victor of the second day’s racing at the Cup, with Highland Breeze the Nautor Swan 112 winning Class 1. The Hoek designed Firefly took line honours for the second time.
The Js finished up their third race of the regatta and their first coastal race – Hanuman unfortunately was over the line at the start and was scored with an OCS. Lionheart however, had a fantastic day on the water leading from the first mark, “the owner helmed his best race ever,” said Bouwe Bekking, the tactician aboard. Results over the line saw Lionheart first, Ranger second, followed by Velsheda and Rainbow. This changes the overall standings, with Lionheart leading by one point from Ranger and two points from Hanuman.
Heartbeat was the overall victor of the Superyacht Cup in Palma 2013. Manon Borrius Broek, the owner onboard Heartbeat was delighted having bought the 23.8m Claasen yacht specifically big enough (and still the smallest in the fleet) so that she could enter the Superyacht Cup. “It was our dream to participate in the Superyacht regatta, we have been fine tuning for three years and are now the winners. We are very happy.”
In Class 1, Highland Breeze ranked first overall in front of P2 and Salperton. However competition was tough in the last legs of today’s final race; Salperton had the edge on P2 and Rebecca as they rounded the final mark, but lost out to P2 over the line as they had to put a final gybe in to lay the line.
For the Js final day of racing Velsheda had a cracking start but the first beat saw Hanuman round the first windward mark first, followed by shortly after by Velsheda. Hanuman lead the fleet around the two hour course, followed by Velsheda and Ranger, then Lionheart and Rainbow. Hanuman took home the silverware with Lionheart and Ranger on equal points (however with a first in Race 3 Lionheart takes second) and Velsheda fourth and Rainbow fifth.
Overall Winner SYC Fleet
3rd: Maria Cattiva
Winner Class 1: Highland Breeze
Winner Class 2: Heartbeat
Yachting World Performance Trophy (most consistent starts): P2
Hoek Award: Heartbeat
After a week of happy hours and paella parties, the regatta close was marked by a prize giving party at the Es Baluard Museum. Coinciding with midsummer and a full moon, the guests and crew of the 20 participating yachts enjoyed cocktails and canap