Despite day one starting with downpours, the final day starting with glass-calm water and no wind, and a handful of cancellations due to poor weather in general in Europe for weeks, The Superyacht Cup Palma turned out to be a terrific event. Mother Nature decided to cooperate after all, and the dozen megayachts that did race enjoyed competitive sailing. Participants included Hyperion, Senso One, Ranger, and Scheherezade.
This was also the first Superyacht Cup run with IRC rules, which take various data such as yacht weight and performance into consideration for handicapping purposes. Even though the Cup isn’t a professional race, the change was apparently warmly welcomed. As Martin Redmayne, editor of The Yacht Report, wrote on day two, “The word on the dock is that while it has added to the image and professionalism of the event, it has not changed the atmosphere or spirit of the Cup; you still see children playing on the dock, Owners and Crew having beers together and everyone having a bloody good time.”
Bloody good time indeed. Here are some scenes from the three-day event.