PHOTO: Ricardo Pinto/ACEA 2016

America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta Filling Fast

Nearly two dozen sailing superyachts have their sights set on racing in Bermuda in June. They’re participating in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, part of the 35th America’s Cup series of events.

Even though registration is still open through April 1, 19 spots are already taken for the race, from June 13 to 15. Among the takers is Adela, the 180-footer (55-meter) that won the last America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in 2013.

Also included are the J-Class yachts Hanuman, Lionheart, Ranger, Svea, Topaz, and Velsheda. Svea just launched at Vitters Shipyard last week, in fact, so this will be her first racing test. Hanuman, meanwhile, has a habit of winning regattas, so she should prove to be a worthy competitor. Velsheda’s captain, Barnaby Henshaw-Depledge, seems to sum it up for most, if not all, participants. He says that “the owner, guests, and crew felt it was an event that simple could not be missed.” He adds, “Having the opportunity to combine the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta with the America’s Cup J-Class Regatta makes it all the more enjoyable.”

note Ranger's below-the-waterline smiley face

note Ranger’s below-the-waterline smiley face

In terms of the former, several seasoned sailing yachts are competing for bragging rights. Regatta regulars include Hyperion, Meteor, Rebecca, Sojana, Visione, and Wild Horses. Joining them are the likes of Action, Bequia, Genevieve, Leopard 3, Perseus^3, and Windfall.

Besides the excitement of the America’s Cup, captains and owners are looking forward to visiting Bermuda. Capt. Dean Maggio of Meteor says, “It’s easy to get to, whether transiting north for a summer in New England or heading across the pond for the Mediterranean.” Furthermore, he says, it’s “a beautiful place with great people and an efficient infrastructure.”

The America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta is open to sailing yachts of 80 feet (24 meters) and larger. Classes, based on size and specifications, will ensure the fleet competes properly.

If you’d like to take one of the last racing slots, learn more here.

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