Great sailors, spectacular superyachts (we presented them all to you HERE), breathtaking locations. There were all the ingredients to make the 25th anniversary edition of the Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca (Balearics) unique, and so indeed it was. The spirit of the event is well summarized by the videos below.
Good first for Ravenger
In the end, Ravenger, making her Superyacht Cup Palma debut, won in Class B: a real “good first” for German Frers’ 43-meter sloop (ex-Sea Eagle) built by Royal Huisman.
“The boat had the potential, but we didn’t really know what to expect going into the race. Just think, we had never even hoisted the spinnaker,” commented Shuan Pammenter, the navigator. “I think the key has been the presence of some very good sailors in key positions, particularly Justin Slattery at the bow, Simon Daubney as skipper and Stevie Branagh as tactician.” Even on superboats, the crew is critical.
“Things happened at the right time, we weren’t in a hurry, we didn’t make any big mistakes: we sailed ‘cleanly’. And then the owner has ‘handle.’ Everything is easier that way….”
Ravenger was ahead of 46 m Ganesha and 34 m Baiurdo VI in the rankings.
GALLERY – PHOTOS OF THE SUPERYACHT CUP
Nilaya wins in class A (with Mr. Bekking on board).
The “weight” of the crew was also felt in Class A (the category of, so to speak, smaller boats), where the winner was Nilaya, the sleek 34-meter carbon sloop designed by Reichel-Pugh combines “grand prix” performance with comfort for high-speed cruising.
On board was an outlier like Bouwe Bekking, eight laps of the world on his back. The superyacht won all three of the day’s trials: behind him Missy (33 m) and Shamanna (35 m Swan 115).
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