Half down, half to go: Only about a dozen entry slots are left for the 15th-annual The Superyacht Cup Palma.
Held in the same location as last year, the race takes place June 23 to 26. Twenty-five megayachts, ranging from racers to cruisers, are expected to furl their sails and compete for bragging rights. They’ll do so under the same Superyacht Racing Protocol rules that were used for The Superyacht Cup Antigua in January. Jim Teeters, renowned for his work with bucket ratings, developed those rules, which created some pretty close races to the finish last month.
The social activities are as big of a highlight as the actual daily races. The welcome cocktails the first night should see some friendly trash talking, as should the crew party the night of the 25th. There will also be a yacht hop that same night, plus a theme-oriented dress-up party on the 24th. Hopefully when the prizes are awarded on the 26th, the camaraderie will still be high.
Interested owners and captains should send an e-mail for details and an entry form. Sponsors such as Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Slam, Ship Equip, Astilleros de Mallorca, and Pantaenius help make the race possible. New this year to the list is Elvstrom Superyacht, which will hold a sail-trimming seminar in its new sail loft near the race docks prior to the Cup.
In the meantime, if you can’t get enough of these sailing beauties, click to enjoy this slideshow showcasing the participants of the recent Cup race in Antigua.