There are nine super boats “on the catwalk” in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands. If you are in the area, we recommend that you make a jump to see them with your own eyes. The 2021 edition of the Palma Superyacht Cup, now a classic event dedicated to great sailing now in its 25th anniversary year, has begun.
Not only unique boats, ranging from 25 to 47 meters in length, from the world’s best shipyards (Nautor’s Swan, Baltic, Perini, Abeking & Rasmussen, Vitters, Green Marine, Royal Huisman…), but also famous skippers such as Murray Jones, Mike Sanderson, Tom Dodson, Bouwe Bekking, Peter Holmberg, just to name a few. Big names in ocean and sport sailing.
Let’s see what, boat by boat, are the giants of the sea competing in the Balearic Islands.
THE NINE SUPERYACHTS RACING IN PALMA
The 47-meter flybridge ketch is a product of Perini Navi’s unrivaled design and construction. Formerly Xasteria, she underwent a major refit in 2010 and is making her second appearance at Superyacht Cup Palma after her debut in 2018.
After participating in the Superyacht Cup in 2014, the 34-meter Baiurdo VI (ex-Arrayan II, designed by Giles Vaton) is a welcome return to the event on its 25th anniversary. From the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard, the custom aluminum sloop combined long-distance cruising comfort with sailing performance that makes her a winner in racing as well.
A regular at the Superyacht Cup in Palma, the Dubois-designed sloop pulls out very interesting performances with its sleek, streamlined shape. Named after the Hindu god of wisdom and built by Vitters in 2013, the 46-meter Ganesha has a clean deck, powerful rig and excellent performance.
Long and sleek with a low-profile design by Malcolm McKeon, the 33-meter Missy was originally intended for high-performance “long range” cruising. The lightweight carbon fiber construction by Green Marine, a subsidiary of Vitters, in 2016 mirrors this ambition. In fact, in regattas, she is always among the stars: she won a race right away in her debut at the Superyacht Cup Palma in 2019, achieving third place in Class B.
The sleek 34-meter carbon sloop designed by Reichel-Pugh combines “grand prix” performance with comfort for high-speed cruising. Weighing only 89 tons, this Baltic Yachts made a class-winning debut at the Superyacht Cup Palma in 2011 before returning in 2019 when it finished second in Class A behind the overall Superyacht Cup Win Win winner.
Making her debut at Superyacht Cup Palma, German Frers’ 43-meter sloop (ex-Sea Eagle) is finally racing, something her owner has long wanted. Impossible to miss, at sea, the large dark blue yacht built by Royal Huisman.
A second yacht signed Baltic Yachts-one of the Superyacht Cup Palma partners-is the imposing Baltic 152 Scorpio (ex-Pink Gin): it was last seen at SYC in 2018, when the Judel-Vrolijk-designed boat (46 meters in length) competed in the Corinthian class (i.e., with no professionals on board, achieving a trial victory.
In addition to the Ravenger, there is another debut at SYC Palma: the Swan 115 (35 meters) Shamanna, designed by German Frers: a successful mix of design, power and performance, all on display on Palma Bay. With a “flush” deck and high technology, with a large aft cockpit and two rudders, Shamanna could be the boat to beat…
Also from the Frers table and Nautor stable, the 25-meter Umiko is a Swan 80. Also a newcomer to the Palma regatta, Umiko-which means son of the sea in Japanese-has the potential to give his larger rivals a run for their money in the right conditions.
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