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Win Win triumphs in Superyacht Cup

Published on July 14, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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June 23 saw the start of the 20th edition of Palma’s Superyacht Cup, with 22 of the world’s most prestigious superyachts competing.

The yachts come in all shapes and sizes.  The ‘smallest’ was Stay Calm, a mere 24 metre Nautor Swan, and the largest the stunning 60-metre gaff-rigged schooner Germania Nova.  The latter is an exact replica of the classic 1908 Germania, using the same hull lines, deck and sail plans, albeit with a few modern additions such as an engine and air-con.

This year the fleet has been divided into four classes to ensure everyone gets a fair crack at winning the silverware and, to keep things on an even keel, there were two separate courses, one for Classes A and B, and a slightly shorter one for Classes C and D.  The sun was shining and the wind stayed steady for the three days of racing, perfect conditions for the fleet to stretch their wings.

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It was a perfect outcome for Mallorca, with a Mallorca-designed boat winning both her class and then being declared the overall winner of the 20th Superyacht Cup.  The boat in question, the aptly named WinWin (they must have had a premonition), is a 33-metre carbon superyacht designed by Mallorcan naval architect Javier Jaudenes and built by Baltic Yachts in 2014

WinWin came about after a serendipitous meeting between the owner of the superyacht and Jaudenes at the Superyacht Cup four years ago.  At the time the owner was racing his previous boat, a 95ft Jongert, Scorpione dei Mare.  Their mainsail trimmer dropped out, Jaudenes was asked to come and lend a hand and Scorpione went on to win the regatta.  Jaudenes then helped optimise Scorpione before showing the owner a few of his own yacht designs.  The owner liked them and Jaudenes ended up building WinWin, a decision that was certainly validated at this year’s Superyacht Cup

WinWin came top of her class after winning on the first and second day and was declared overall winner of the regatta on Saturday.  On hearing the news that they had triumphed, the superyacht’s skipper was over the moon, “I’ve got a huge smile on my face.  We’ve been trying to win a regatta ever since we launched the boat two years ago and we’ve finally done it, which is a huge relief.  To be part of this team for the last eight years and having won with the old boat as well is incredible, just fantastic.  A win-win situation!”

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The 38m Perini Navi P2 was the undisputed winner of Class B having won all three-race days, she also came in third overall.  This fast cruising yacht, which was launched in 2008 was designed by Philippe Briand.  She changed hands earlier this year, so we’re pleased to see she’s still being raced.

Class C was won by 27.4 metre Tempus Fugit, which was launched in 2013.  This modern classic sloop was designed by Rob Humphries and built by Arkin Pruva Yachts.  She has been built of cold pressed mahogany and with her high gloss varnished hull she is every inch the classic yacht.

An old lady of the sea, Mariette of 1915, smashed it in Class D winning all three races.  The 42m classic twin-masted schooner is, as the name implies, over a century old but still has what it takes to cross the finishing line first.

It wasn’t all fun and games on a more serious note the regatta raised 11,000 euros for local charity Fundación Joves Navegants de Balears which helps troubled youths by introducing them to sailing.

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