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Sunreef 82 Yacht HOUBARA Selected in Robb Report’s ‘Best of the Best’ issue as ‘Best Semi-Custom Yacht 2013′

June 12, 2013

One of the most prominent luxury magazines in the world, with worldwide editions, the US – based Robb Report, selected Sunreef 82 yacht HOUBARA by Sunreef Yachts as best semi-custom yacht in its collection. The 25th anniversary issue “Best of the Best” 2013 represents a unique issue, featuring comprehensive reviews by Robb Report’s editorial staff as well as a team of seasoned contributing writers.

Sunreef 82 superyacht HOUBARA by Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef 82 superyacht HOUBARA by Sunreef Yachts

It spans 26 product- and service-related categories within six departments: Wheels, Style, Journeys, Leisure, Home, and Wings & Water. Each category’s selections are based on set guidelines, outlined in each section’s cover page. Winners are chosen exclusively by Robb Report editors. Sunreef Yachts is therefore extremely proud that the Sunreef 82 sailing yacht HOUBARA has made the Robb’s Report Best of the Best list of 2013 in Wings & Water category!

Sunreef 82 Yacht HOUBARA - upview

Sunreef 82 Yacht HOUBARA - upview

Originally created by Sunreef’s design department, the Double Deck line of catamarans have the chance to become the superyachts of the future. Their comfort on board and low fuel consumption resulting from the low draft allows the possibility of cruising under sail and helps for maximum stability at all times.

Luxury catamaran yacht HOUBARA - Saloon

Luxury catamaran yacht HOUBARA - Saloon

Hull number 1, Sunreef 82 superyacht HOUBARA is a private yacht that accommodates up to 7 guests. With one full beam owner suite, one VIP queen cabin and one guest twin cabin that can convert to a double with an additional pullman bed. Sunreef 82 yacht HOUBARA is attended by two crew to assist the owner. The catamaran has been designed as a round-the-world floating villa.

Sunreef 82 Yacht HOUBARA - Cabin

Sunreef 82 Yacht HOUBARA - Cabin

Below is a gallery for the splendid charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Francis Joyon aboard his maxi-trimaran yacht IDEC sets off on the North Atlantic Record

June 11, 2013

This morning, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 09:15:20 hrs UTC (11:15:20hrs CET), saw Francis Joyon start his attempt to break the outright solo sailing record. In order to beat the current record of 5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds held since July 2008 by Thomas Coville on his trimaran yacht Sodebo, Francis Joyon aboard his maxi-trimaran yacht IDEC will have to cross the latitude of The Lizard by 0445hrs UTC (0645hrs CET) on Monday 17th June.

Francis Joyon aboard his maxi-trimaran yacht IDEC

Francis Joyon aboard his maxi-trimaran yacht IDEC © Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / IDEC

Living up to the legend…
The final 24 hours in New York were very stressful for the Breton sailor from Locmariaquer, as everything was a bit of a rush. He had to find a RIB to help him out of Gateway Marina, finish stowing supplies aboard, work on the final weather details… and once again, as we have come to expect, Francis Joyon in his usual style, took care of everything himself, while benefiting whenever possible from any kind offers of help from other seafarers on the pontoons. Once out of the bay off New York, the “big red bird”, IDEC was free to fly in the open waters of the Atlantic. The SW’ly wind was blowing as forecast off Ambrose Light, and in spite of a heavy swell, Francis Joyon was able to speed off from the outset at record pace with the speedo stuck above 23 knots.

“The swell was hitting us as we left Ambrose Light,” Francis Joyon explained at lunchtime today. He was happy to be alone again at sea and relieved to have made it out of the Hudson and away from the shoreline without hitch, in spite of a few anxious moments. His final hours in the Big Apple were rather rushed. “I didn’t have time to take care of all the supplies. I asked a guy on the pontoon to help me. He was Russian; he gave me some food from home. So it looks like it’s going to be Russian food this week…”

Trimaran yacht IDEC leaving NYC

Trimaran yacht IDEC leaving NYC © Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / IDEC

It was during the night that Francis got his boat away alone and removed the propeller, in order to head for the precise location, where we used to see the famous Ambrose Light. One last look around, the autopilot was switched on and the genoa trimmed… and Francis Joyon told the official from the World Speed Sailing Record Council, who was in New York, to start the clock for the big red trimaran. At 09:15:20 UTC (1115hrs CET), IDEC was off on her latest battle with the Atlantic.

A 50-50 chance
“The weather opportunity isn’t brilliant, but we will have to make do with that…” Sounding light-hearted, once the decision had been taken in close collaboration with Jean-Yves Bernot, his accomplice on many a maritime adventure, Francis Joyon only wanted to look ahead to the next few hours. “I know that I should be getting some good conditions for the first two-thirds of the course, and according to the latest weather models there is some doubt about the finish, if we follow the route taken by the low-pressure area,” explained Francis.

“The route won’t exactly be the Great Circle route, as I shall be sailing a little further south. But on the other hand that means I shall be avoiding the worst fogs around the Great Banks…” Fog, which has already engulfed IDEC in her first few miles of racing, forcing Francis Joyon to keep a close eye on the radar and over the bow of the boat. “I have just sailed between two whales. That was nice. They left me enough room to get through without having to manoeuvre…”

Trimaran yacht IDEC - upview

Trimaran yacht IDEC - upview © Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / IDEC

A 30-knot SW’ly wind is forecast ahead of the maxi-trimaran IDEC, with seas that are going to become increasingly tricky; Francis Joyon is facing a mammoth task and that is without taking into account the lack of sleep after a tiring voyage and a more or less sleepless night in New York. “It’s when I’m at sea that I get my rest,” Francis reassured us…

Close racing for Oyster 100 Yacht SARAFIN and Oyster 885 Yacht KARIBU at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013

June 11, 2013

For the first time, the Dubois-designed Oyster 100 superyacht Sarafin lined up against the Humphreys-designed Oyster 885 sailing yacht Karibu at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 in Sardinia, Italy. With Klaas Meertens, Oyster shareholder on board Sarafin yacht as a guest on day one, and David Tydeman, Oyster CEO supporting Britta Bunkenburg as well as Thorsten Flack from the Oyster Hamburg office for a day on the new Karibu yacht, the interest was high.

Second Oyster 885 superyacht Karibu - Photo by Ingrid Abery Photography www.ingridabery.com

Second Oyster 885 superyacht Karibu - Photo by Ingrid Abery Photography www.ingridabery.com

Seasoned from her participation in the St Barths Bucket and the YCCS Loro Piana Virgin Gorda regattas in March 2013 and with more than 14,000 sailing miles now under her belt, the owner and guests of the Oyster 100-01 yacht Sarafin, made time in their summer cruising calendar to take part in both the Dubois Cup and the Loro Piana regatta’s during 1 – 8 June. Placed fourth and sixth in the Dubois Cup, resulting in a fourth overall, the Sarafin team lined up against the Oyster 885-02 yacht Karibu as the hot favourite for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.

Somewhat in contrast, the new Oyster 885-02 superyacht Karibu, having just completed her maiden voyage down to the Mediteranean following handover in April in the UK, was still settling in new sails and heading out onto the race course for their first hoist of the spinnaker.

Race one in ten knots of wind was a comfortable win for Sarafin yacht, taking third in class, with luxury yacht Karibu ten minutes behind in fourth, suffering from taking a long time to get the spinnaker hoisted!

First Oyster 100 SARAFIN Yacht - Image courtesy of Oyster Marine

First Oyster 100 SARAFIN Yacht - Image courtesy of Oyster Marine

Race two – a bit more wind and another win to superyacht Sarafin, taking second in class, with Karibu yacht fifth – but much closer, less than three minutes on corrected between them after three and half hours of racing. Race three and the battle moved up a gear, more wind again and a different course with Karibu showing a very powerful performance upwind and securing second with Sarafin fourth.

Sadly, no wind for race four and no chance for luxury yacht Karibu to try for a repeat performance. So well done to Sarafin yacht, securing third in class overall and also to Karibu, just behind her fourth in class overall and only two points behind.

Great results for the two Oyster Superyachts – it will be great to see superyacht Karibu at the Oyster Regatta in Palma in October, she’s shown she’s significantly more powerful than an Oyster 82 and clearly will give the Oyster 82-14 yacht Starry Night a challenge this year. Oyster 100–02 superyacht Penelope will be seen in Palma next week at the Superyacht Cup and Oyster hopes that she will also attend the Oyster Palma Regatta.

K&M sailing yacht TULIP to attend Superyacht Cup Palma 2013

June 11, 2013

Constructed by K&M Yachtbuilders, the lovely 88-foot sailing yacht ‘TULIP’ will be one of the 19 competitors in the annual Superyacht Cup Palma. The 2013 event will take place in the popular Spanish yacht charter destination – Palma de Mallorca, running from June 19 to 22.

Luxury sailing yacht Tulip by German Frers and KM Yachtbuilders

Luxury sailing yacht Tulip by German Frers and K&M Yachtbuilders

Although the superyacht ‘Tulip’ is the largest yacht built by K&M so far, she is one of the smaller participants in the Superyacht Cup Palma. The yacht is certainly a force to be reckoned with, however, as can be read on the website of the Cup:  “The latest yacht to register is the new modern-classic 26m Tulip, designed by German Frers and built by K&M Yachtbuilders in Holland. Tulip was launched in the Autumn 2012 and with her lightweight interior and carbon rig is likely to be a competitive entry.”

Frers 88 superyacht Tulip - view from above

Frers 88 superyacht Tulip - view from above

The world’s most spectacular yachts will convene in Palma de Mallorca marina over the coming weeks. The 5 participating J class yachts will compete in their own race on the 19th, after which all the yachts will compete for the Cup. With a view to the varying sizes of the competitors, the yachts have been divided into two groups in order to give all participants an equal chance.

Superyacht Tulip - Exterior

Superyacht Tulip - Exterior

K&M would like to wish the ‘Tulip’ yacht and her crew good luck and great fun during the races!

North Atlantic Record: Francis Joyon aboard his maxi trimaran yacht IDEC at the starting line tonight

June 10, 2013

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11, will see the French sailor, Francis Joyon, set off to tackle the solo Atlantic crossing aboard his maxi trimaran yacht IDEC. He is expected to cross the official starting line at the foot of Ambrose Light off New York between 0000hrs and 0600hrs GMT (0200hrs – 0800hrs CET).

North Atlantic Record

North Atlantic Record: New York - The Lizard

He will be facing the Atlantic alone all the way to the Lizard at the southernmost tip of Cornwall and is hoping to complete the voyage in less than 5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds in order to have his name added to the registers of the World Speed Sailing Record Council in place of the current holder, Thomas Coville. Francis Joyon would achieve two success in one, if he does this. He will be regaining  a title that was his until 2008, and above all will become the only man to hold the four most important solo sailing records, the Round the World Record, the 24-hour distance record, the Columbus Route record and the North Atlantic record.

A decent weather opportunity
“The weather opportunity tonight is looking decent,” according to Jean-Yves Bernot, the leading light in ocean racing navigation, who continues to assists Francis Joyon is his major sailing challenges. To put it simply, the conditions are looking favourable, if not ideal, but are decent enough to allow him to make this attempt. Back in France, the two men had been watching a low-pressure area develop over the continent of North America, offering the strength and trajectory that suits this record, which over the years has become increasingly difficult to beat. During the weekend, Francis Joyon was more and more certain of the situation and decided to climb aboard a plane yesterday to head for New York, where he will get back with his giant trimaran IDEC, currently moored in Gateway Marina in Brooklyn, New York.

A possible start at between midnight and six (GMT)
The hulls will be cleaned, the final supplies stowed aboard, and as usual, everything will be done all by himself. Joyon will run through the final details about the weather situation tonight with Jean-Yves Bernot, before setting off on the perilous journey to the starting line and the former site of the legendary Ambrose Light at the entrance to the bay off New York. The light itself was removed in 2008 after a series of collisions, and has now been replaced by a set of lit buoys.

If he sets off between midnight and six (GMT), he will be able to make the most of the daylight to cover the tricky miles sailing his boat up out of the river. The low that is passing over Labrador should allow him to sail along in steady thirty-knot winds blowing from the east-south-east on seas that should be easy to deal with for at least the first two-thirds of the course.

As is often the case in these record attempts, it is the final phase, as they approach the British Isles, which are the most uncertain. The winds are likely to strengthen towards the end of the week, making it more complicated for the solo sailor. However, with the low moving along fairly high up to the north, it should allow sailing yacht IDEC to stay close to the direct route, and therefore get the best trajectory towards the Channel approaches, and sail along efficiently towards the Lizard.

New York – The Lizard, 2880 theoretical nautical miles (or 5334 km).

Solo North Atlantic records

1987: Bruno Peyron, Explorer catamaran, in 11 days, 11 hours 46 minutes and 36 seconds
1990: Florence Arthaud, Pierre 1er trimaran, in 9 days, 21 hours and 42 minutes
1992: Bruno Peyron, Explorer catamaran, in 9 days, 19 hours and 22 minutes
1994: Laurent Bourgnon, Primagaz trimaran, in 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds
2005: Francis Joyon, IDEC 1 trimaran, in 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds
2008: Thomas Coville, Sodebo trimaran, in 5 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes and 20 seconds

The three major solo records already held by Francis Joyon aboard superyacht IDEC
2008: Solo Round the World record in 57 days, 13 hours 34 minutes and 06 seconds
2012: Distance sailed in 24h: 666 miles at an average speed of 27.75 knots
2013: Columbus Route Cadiz-San Salvador: 8 days 16 h 07 minutes and 05 seconds.

New Nautor’s SWAN 105RS yacht designed by German Frers

June 10, 2013

The renowned performance yacht builder, Nautor’s Swan has recently unveiled its latest, 2013 cruising series, with design by the respected naval architect German Frers in collaboration with Nautor’s own talented design team. The new Swan cruising range includes the SWAN 60RS, luxury yacht Swan 80RS and the SWAN 105RS yacht, due to be launched in 2014; as well as the SWAN 115RS superyacht scheduled to touch waters in 2015. Details about the SWAN 80RS yacht have been published in April. Today, we have received a number of images of the SW105RS yacht model, with additional details and technical information still to be unveiled.

Swan 105RS Yacht - Exterior

Swan 105RS Yacht - Exterior

This sleek and elegant cruising vessel was designed both for blue water sailing and long distance cruising in mind. Luxury superyacht SWAN105RS allows for short handed sailing with ease and is well suited for long distances. The new 2013 raised saloon model offers increased protection from the elements, added stowage and tankage, with the option for shallow draft and lifting keels.

Swan 105 RS superyacht - Exterior

Swan 105 RS superyacht - Exterior

Luxury Sailing Yacht Swan 105 RS - Exterior

Luxury Sailing Yacht Swan 105 RS - Exterior

SWAN 105RS superyacht is based on the same, successful hull design, construction techniques and materials as the boats in the Nautor’s performance series, maintaining the core DNA of a Swan combined with the greatest attention to quality, detail and style.

Luxury yacht Swan 105 RS - Aft Cabin looking aft

Luxury yacht Swan 105 RS - Aft Cabin looking aft

Nautor’s talented interior architects will collaborate with the owners to create interior layouts and features to suit the client’s desires and expectations.

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 105 RS - Aft Cabin looking forward

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 105 RS - Aft Cabin looking forward

Swan 105 RS yacht - Aft Cabin looking aft

Swan 105 RS yacht - Aft Cabin looking aft

A very successful inaugural Pomorskie Rendez-Vous organized by Sunreef Yachts

June 10, 2013

June 7 at the Hilton Hotel Gdańsk and its waterfront saw Sunreef Yachts host the first edition of Pomorskie Rendez-Vous. This luxury event was held under the patronage of the President of Gdańsk, Mr Paweł Adamowicz, as well as Marshal of Pomerania, Mr Mieczyslaw Struk.

First Pomorskie Rendez-Vous organized by Sunreef Yachts

First Pomorskie Rendez-Vous organized by Sunreef Yachts

After visiting this year’s edition of the Asian luxury show, Hainan Rendez-Vous, held in Sanya on the Hainan Island, China and exchanging ideas with its creator, Delphine Lignieres, the President of Sunreef Yachts, Francis Lapp, was inspired to create a similar event in Gdansk on a local scale gathering the best of the luxury available on the Polish market.

The evening begun with the Christening of the new Sunreef 70 Sail yacht ROLEENO, which was definitely in center of attention throughout the whole night. The program also included the presentation of the Polish yacht shipyards: Sunreef Yachts with its luxury catamarans, Galeon with its range of sport and cruising power boats and Delphia Yachts with its range or sailing boats, luxury car brands like Ferrari and Mercedes Benz and a fashion show of the latest collection Autumn/Winter 2013-14 of the polish fashion house LA MANIA. Additional attractions were provided by the other event sponsors and partners presenting their best products such as luxury bags, champagne, cigars, helicopters and many more.

New Sunreef 70 Sail Yacht ROLEENO

New Sunreef 70 Sail Yacht ROLEENO

The event gathered local and foreign businessmen, well-known polish personalities and media representatives. This first edition was just a beginning of a series of Pomorskie Rendez-Vous to be held in Gdańsk every year.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013: Overall victory for charter yacht SALPERTON IV

June 08, 2013

The final day of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 dawned overcast and with little wind, and after a short delay as well as an attempt at starting a competition which was then abandoned due to lack of wind further up the course, the fleet dropped sail and headed for home. It was a disappointing end to what has been an amazing event, but the owners, guests as well as crews of the 21 competing superyachts were all thrilled with the sailing that they have been able to get in over the last four days in the event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media.

Fleet  - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Superyacht Media

Fleet - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Superyacht Media

The abandoned race meant that the overall placings are as Friday night’s standings, with three races counting for the trophies. In Class A, My Song yacht achieved a resounding victory with three wins out of three; second and third went to 25m sailing yacht Aegir and the Baltic 112 superyacht Nilaya respectively.

In Class B, charter yacht Salperton IV took the win, ahead of fellow Fitzroy yacht Zefira – at 49.7m, the largest yacht in this year’s fleet – and the Southern Wind yacht Cape Arrow. Bequia held on to win Class C, with the 37m sailing yacht Genevieve and 30.8m Oyster superyacht Sarafin second and third respectively. Genevieve and Sarafin held the same scoreline at nine points each, but Genevieve took second on countback after winning Friday’s race.

‘It’s our first time here at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta,’ said the owner of Genevieve. ‘We’re having a great time, whether crew, race team or my guests.’

Salperton, overall winner - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Luxury charter yacht Salperton, overall winner - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

‘We’ve had a wonderful regatta,’ beamed Barry Houghton, Salperton IV yacht’s owner, who collected a hefty haul of silverware, including the Silver Jubilee Cup by Boat International Media, presented by Loro Piana for overall victory. ‘There were fantastic conditions for three days of beautiful sailing.’

His sentiment was echoed by Class C winner, Jes Staley – owner of the wooden yacht Bequia. ‘It was a great regatta, with super boats to race against,’ he said after collecting his trophy. ‘It’s a beautiful place, and it’s also a great win for all the guys in Maine who helped build the yacht.’

Pier-Luigi Loro Piana was also ecstatic after My Song’s emphatic win in Class A. ‘Today finally we won,’ he smiled. ‘I think here is one of the best places in the world. The wind has been good, and the fact that the regatta has attracted more boats this year shows that Sardinia is the preferred place for superyachts!’

Racing continues at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in August with the Perini Navi Cup and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013: My Song, Salperton and Bequia Yachts lead after Day 3

June 07, 2013

Day Three of this year’s Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, marked by Fitzroy Race Day, was an absolutely classic Sardinia sailing day. The fleet of 21 sailing superyachts enjoyed blue skies, as well as a wind from the north of around 12 knots at the start, which continued to build during the day to make for an amazing tight run home to the finish.

Fleet  - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Fleet - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

The event, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and co-organised by Boat International Media, was at the halfway point overnight with sailing yacht My Song, charter yacht Salperton and luxury yacht Bequia holding first in Classes A to C respectively. The race committee selected courses that sent the fleet upwind to the east of Monaci, Caprera and La Maddalena, with the Class C yachts continuing through bomb alley back to the finish off Porto Cervo and the Class A and B yachts looping around the islands of Spargi and Barrettinelli before blasting back down the east coasts of La Maddalena and Caprera. The start sequence reverted to slowest starting first, which led to some close boat-on-boat battles all the way round the course.

As Class C blasted through bomb alley, Classes A and B began to merge as the faster yachts, who started last, began to show their pace. As they came to the gybe point off Barrettinelli, ready for the reach home, the 45m superyacht Visione had snuck to the front, followed by Salperton on a delta of nearly three minutes. There was a further three minute gap back to Saudade, with charter yacht Bliss, superyacht Nilaya, My Song, Unfurled yacht, sailing yacht Firefly, luxury yacht Zefira and Aegir yacht coming through in quick succession.

The run back to the line was tight, with a stiff breeze at the top of the course pressing the yachts hard and propelling them at speed. The sight of 14 kites spearing down the coast was not to be missed.

Aegir, Cruising Class A - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Jeff Brown/SUperyacht Media

Luxury yacht Aegir, Cruising Class A - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Jeff Brown/SUperyacht Media

When the results on corrected time rolled in, My Song had taken her third bullet in three races, beating the 25m Aegir by just 17 seconds after three hours of high octane racing. The Fitzroy-built 45m charter yacht Salperton held on to take Fitzroy Race Day victory in Class B ahead of Bliss, who had recovered well from an overnight fix-it session after their mainsheet got chewed through by the sheeting system on Day Two. Class C had a new winner today, with sailing yacht Genevieve reveling in the heavier conditions to get the bullet, followed by superyacht Karibu and Bequia.

‘We did fantastic today, and had a really good day,’ beamed Tony Pullar, captain of Genevieve. ‘We got a good start, saw the shift up the track and went well inshore, managing to keep clear air. The wind hit 27 knots in bomb alley, and we had a good battle with Bequia – they overtook us at one point, then we got them back on the reach and run. We stayed inshore at every point we could and we got lifted all the way round the course.’

For Aegir, the pain of losing by 17 seconds was perhaps mitigated by a sparkling day on the water. ‘It was really close, and we had a really good race,’ enthused her tactician, Steve Benjamin. ‘We went left early and the wind shifted 20 or 30 degrees, so we took the advantage. After Monaci we found ourselves among all the big boats, which was very exciting – the radio hailing back and forth between yachts worked well. The most exciting part was up at Barrettinelli – we were able to gybe inside Zefira, and we had our 4A asymetric up, which is our biggest spinnaker. We were expecting the wind to veer, and we sailed through Firefly and took the lead. On the last leg it seemed My Song just had a little better wind and they were able to stretch out the 17 seconds on corrected. The racing was terrific!’

Tonight, owners and their guests will enjoy the legendary regatta beach party, which this year returns to the magical setting of Phi Beach. There might also be a few early nights tonight as the regatta rolls into its final day on Saturday for race four with all to play for.

Racing will conclude tomorrow, Saturday 8th June, with the first start scheduled for 12:00 and east- south easterly winds of 10 knots forecast.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013: My Song, Salperton and Bequia Yachts win after Race Two

June 06, 2013

The lighter wind on Day One of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 changed on Day 2, building gradually during the day to provide the fleet of 21 sailing superyachts with an ideal day on the water. The event is organised by Boat International Media as well as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

Fleet passing Monaci Island - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Carlo Borlenghi

Fleet passing Monaci Island - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Carlo Borlenghi

For Day Two’s race, the race committee reversed the starting sequence sending the fastest rated yacht off first. With 10 knots of breeze blowing across the start line from the southeast, the medium wind rating band was selected and Peter Craig – Principle Race Officer for the event – picked three similar courses for the three classes. It was a great course, sending the fleet downwind across the start line, through bomb alley – the channel between the main island of Sardinia and the islands of Caprera and La Maddalena – before heading round the back of La Maddalena and beating to the finish line off Porto Cervo.

By the time the fleet had got to the entrance to bomb alley, the wind had risen to around 15 knots, and in Class A superyacht Visione had a lead of nearly eight minutes over sailing yacht Nilaya. Luxury yacht Saudade – who had made a good recovery from an early hiccup – was holding third on the water.

Approaching the northern tip of La Maddalena the fleet split in two, with the faster Class A yachts rounding the Barrettinelli islands and the yachts in Class B and C effectively cutting the corner. The wind had increased to 18 knots, and with La Maddalena offering good protection the flat water made for exceptional sailing conditions.

Salperton - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Carlo Borlenghi

Luxury charter yacht Salperton - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 © Carlo Borlenghi

P2 had made good progress and held the lead on the water in Class B, but the 45m charter yacht Salperton was showing a great turn of speed rounding second. She was followed by the Oyster superyacht Sarafin and 49.7m Zefira yacht, with a gap back to Unfurled, Timoneer, sailing yacht Karibu, sailing yacht Cape Arrow, Day One’s Class C winner Bequia, Drumfire, Virtuelle – who had her rating tweaked overnight – and the Alloy Yachts 37m luxury yacht Genevieve.

With the yachts theoretically stretching out, rather than enjoying the concertina effect that you get when the slower yachts start first, it was difficult to see who would actually take the glory when the handicaps had been applied. Visione certainly blasted her way around the course to take line honours, and it was some time before the next yacht made it across the finish line.

When the provisional results came in, the 25.4m luxury yacht My Song claimed her second bullet on corrected time in Class A, while Salperton yacht’s charge meant she took victory in Class B, ahead of the Southern Wind superyacht Cape Arrow and Zefira, who suffered a torn spinnaker during the race. In Class C, the 27m yawl Bequia held on to take her second win of the regatta, putting her in a great position for the final two days of racing.

‘It was a really good day,’ said Tom Davies, captain of charter yacht Salperton, back at the dock. ‘There were a lot of tactics today; we had a good start, and were the only one of the early starters to have the kite up as we crossed the start line so we probably gained half a minute right there. We made a very good call rounding Monaci, as we went high so we could soak down to drop the kite.’

For Nilaya yacht, a second place in Class A was a good improvement on Day One’s fourth. ‘It went really well today,’ her captain Tom Weiss enthused. ‘It’s good if we get real upwind or downwind legs – the bigger boats take off on the reaches with their bigger waterlines. The yacht sails really well in more breeze, and it makes a big difference starting third and having clear air – so deciding to alternate the start sequence makes the regatta fairer. It was a perfect day, with perfect conditions – everyone on board is happy with the way we sailed.’

Racing continues tomorrow with the first start scheduled at 12:00 and easterly winds of 10-12 knots forecast.