Great sailors, spectacular superyachts and a breathtaking location. All the ingredients were there to make the 25th anniversary of the Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands) unique. The spirit of the event is well summed up by the videos below.
Ravenger, making her debut at the Superyacht Cup Palma, finally won in Class B. It was a real “good first” for German Frers’ (ex-Sea Eagle) 43-metre sloop built by Royal Huisman.
“The boat had the potential, but we didn’t really know what to expect going into the race. Actually, we had never even hoisted the spinnaker,” says navigator Shuan Pammenter. “I think the secret was 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.” On the superboats, crew is essential.
“Things happened at the right time, we weren’t in a hurry, we didn’t make any big mistakes: we sailed ‘clean’. And then the owner has ‘handle’. It’s easier that way…”.
Ravenger was ahead of the 46m Ganesha and the 34m Baiurdo VI.
The “importance” of the crew was also felt in Class A (the category of smaller boats), where the winner was Nilaya, the elegant 34-metre carbon sloop designed by Reichel-Pugh which combines “grand prix” performance with the comfort of high-speed cruising.
Aboard was the extraordinary Bouwe Bekking, eight round the world races on his back. The superyacht won all three of the day’s races, with Missy (33m) and Shamanna (35m Swan 115) behind.
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