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The 2012 International Rolex Regatta to start today

March 23, 2012

Written by zuzana

Hundreds of sailors on 68 teams are getting ready for the next three days of racing at the 39th International Rolex Regatta, starting today. The wind conditions, however, seem to be quite challenging.

The 2012 International Rolex Regatta starts today

The 2012 International Rolex Regatta starts today

Right out of the box will be Stephen Murray, Jr.’s Carkeek 40 yacht Decision, which has been designed to the newly developed HPR (High Performance Rule) and will headline in one of two CSA classes here that has no less than six other 40-footers “raring to compare.”

“There is no rating rule promoting the light (displacement) grand prix racing boats as a continuum between 30 and 70 feet,” said Sean Carkeek, the South African designer who has been working for a year on the rule as part of a technical committee developed specifically to fill this void.

According to Carkeek, the HPR will change all that when regattas eventually adopt dual scoring under the widely used IRC rule and HPR in classes where it needs to apply. At the International Rolex Regatta, the likes of Michael Shlens’ (Palos Verdes Estates, California) Blade and Doug Baker’s (Long Beach, California) Magnitude 400, both Farr 400 yachts, are sure to spice up the competition among the 40 footers.

In addition, two Class 40 yachts, which typically are outfitted for short-handed offshore sailing, are competing with accomplished skippers aboard. Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.) will take the helm of Icarus, while Berry Lewis (Mill Valley, California) will steer 40 Degrees.

In IRC, it will be a trio of 52 footers – Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Rothiemay’s (MON) Highland Fling XII, Ashley Wolfe’s (Calgary, AB, CAN) Mayhem, and Peter Cunningham’s (Georgetown, Cay) PowerPlay – and a Cookson 50, Ron O’Hanley’s (Newport, R.I.) Privateer, that are likely to stand out, while the reborn 65-foot Rosebud, now called Equation, will be out for a first showing since bought by Bill Alcott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.).

Among the power names onboard these boats are America’s Cup notables Peter Holmberg, Mike Toppa, Tony Rey, and George Skuodas. As well, Great Britain’s Brian Thompson, who layed to waste previous around-the-world speed records with his recent circumnavigation aboard the 130-foot trimaran yacht Banque Populaire V, will be skippering the Safe Passage company’s Andrews 72 Safara, which is the largest boat competing here.

Willem Wester (Zeeland, The Netherlands), with Volvo Ocean Race veteran Boewe Bekking (NED) calling tactics, will attempt to repeat his IRC class victory from last year, sailing the Grand Soleil 46 yacht Antilope. With today’s winds expected to be between 15 and 20 knots, Bekking says this may be hard to recreate, however. “When it’s windy the lighter displacement boats in our class this time should be going better,” said Bekking, “but if it’s light we can have a pretty fair race.”

For the USA’s Olympic medalist Charlie McKee (Seattle, Wash.), who is serving as tactician aboard Mayhem, it is mostly about the experience of being here for the first time that has him “expecting crazy, wild, mixed up racing that’s super fun!”

The International Rolex Regatta is a cornerstone of the spring Caribbean racing schedule, and as such attracts top programs from around the world for its mix of buoy and point-to-point races. It also distinguishes itself by having multiple races a day for all classes. “It’s all part of a unique mix of island-style fun and hard-core IRC, CSA and one design racing,” said Regatta Co-chair Bill Canfield, pointing out a massive, specially-constructed stage rising out of the water on the St. Thomas Yacht Club’s own beach. It is where a band will play today´s and Saturday´s nights and where the Rolex Awards will wrap up the event on Sunday, when winners in select classes win coveted Rolex watches.

Spectators will get a treat today when all classes sail to Charlotte Amalie Harbor for their first race, then return to St. Thomas Yacht Club for their second (and some classes may have a third race). On Saturday, spectators can watch IC 24s and Beach Cats sail as many as eight buoy races in Great Bay, while other classes sail longer courses on the south side of St. John. On Sunday, while the IC 24s sail up to six races in Jersey Bay, all other classes will sail two “Pillsbury Sound” races.

The Naples America’s Cup World Series to start on April 11, 2012

March 23, 2012

Written by zuzana

The first championship races in 2012 in the America’s Cup World Series are due to start in less than three weeks, on April 11, on the waters off Naples, Italy.

The America’s Cup World Series Naples, April 11, 2012

The America’s Cup World Series Naples, April 11, 2012

As the crews make their final preparations, ORACLE Racing skipper Jimmy Spithill, who has previously raced for the Italian Luna Rossa team from 2004-2007, says he thinks the Italian fans will be blown away by the new-look America’s Cup – with short course racing in exciting and fast wing-sailed catamaran yachts, all within shouting distance of the crowds on the shoreline.

“The Italian fans are some of the most passionate in the world. They are devoted, emotional, die-hard fans who really enjoy the competition,” he said. “I’m very excited about getting there and experiencing it again… I think people will really enjoy the show. It’s a new game, it’s a lot more exciting and I think the Italians will love it.”

Today, a revised format for the event has been issued which provides a balanced schedule of match racing, fleet racing and speed trials across the five days of competition that climaxes on Sunday April 15 when the winner of the Naples Fleet Race Championship is crowned.

Two things stand out in the new format – each fleet race, at 35 minutes, is longer than in prior events, and the Fleet Racing Championship will be determined by performance across all nine scheduled races, as opposed to the previous, winner-take-all race on the final Sunday.

With all of the fleet races counting towards the final score, teams will need to be at the top of their game from the first start gun. Each race is critical to remain in contention for the Championship heading into Sunday’s big finale.

Regatta Director Iain Murray issued the changes to the format: “The fleet race on the final Sunday (April 15) is the most valuable race on the schedule in terms of points, with the scoring heavily weighted to that last race. But now, all of the other fleet races will also count towards determining the overall Fleet Racing Champion in Naples. We think this strikes a good balance between rewarding consistently strong performances over the five days of racing, as well as energizing the crews and fans alike with a critical final race on Sunday.

“And although the individual fleet races are longer in duration, the race courses themselves will remain very tight, placing a premium on boat-handling and crew work,” Murray explained. “The race may last longer, but the pressure on the crews remains intense.”

The match races will remain short and sharp with a target time of 15-minutes. Teams will race for three days to advance through to Saturday’s one-race showdown for the Match Racing Championship. But here too, the format is unforgiving – crews must win to advance. With a single loss meaning elimination, upsets could be on the cards.

Meanwhile, the construction project necessary to accommodate the event in Naples is proceeding on schedule, with the infrastructure expected to be ready for the first week of April, when some of the teams will begin sailing ahead of ‘open training’ over the weekend of April 7-8. The Championship racing starts on Wednesday April 11th. Shore side, the public Race Village in Naples will be open from April 7 through 15, with public entertainment each night.

America’s Cup Receives Emmy Nomination for LiveLine Innovation

March 23, 2012

Written by zuzana

A new computer graphics as well as data technology that permits international television viewers to watch America’s Cup racing with a closeness and accuracy never before possible has received an Emmy nomination.

LiveLine Match Race Finish

LiveLine Match Race Finish

The backbone of the America’s Cup television broadcasting, the revolutionary LiveLine data and graphics system has been nominated for the George Wensel Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, which recognizes extraordinary technical innovation that enhances the broadcast for viewers.

With the goal of growing the sport of sailing internationally, the organizers of the 34th America’s Cup have made a significant investment in the spectator experience.

LiveLine Course Markings

LiveLine Course Markings

“The America’s Cup has always been at the forefront of innovation for technology,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “We want to congratulate LiveLine on their Emmy nomination and are excited to able to work with them to provide this kind of cutting edge technology into our upcoming America’s Cup broadcasts.”

Developed exclusively for America’s Cup broadcasts by the America’s Cup Event Authority and Sportvision, LiveLine does what was previously impossible: overlay geo-positioned lines and data streams at 2 cm accuracy on live racecourse video shot from rapidly moving helicopter and water-based platforms. The result? Understandable action for spectators and precise data for race management operations.

LiveLine Gate 3

LiveLine Gate 3

Led by Director of Technology Stan Honey and the same team that developed the yellow first-down line widely used in the broadcast of American football and the Race/FX tracking and highlighting system used in NASCAR, this revolutionary graphics system was designed to have a similar effect on the America’s Cup as with car racing and football – connect new audiences to the sport. The LiveLine superimposed graphic elements are used as technical aids for viewers, such as ahead-behind lines that enable audiences to clearly see who is leading the race.

“In an industry which throws the term ‘genius’ about with merry abandonment, Stan Honey is the real article,” said David Hill, Chairman and CEO, Fox Sports Media Group. “I’m absolutely thrilled that once again his genius is being recognized.”

Director of Technology Stan Honey Credit Gilles Martin Raget

Director of Technology Stan Honey Credit Gilles Martin Raget

Driven by a GPS system that can track the America’s Cup catamaran yachts to within a two-centimeter accuracy on the race course, event organizers quickly saw the opportunity to leverage the system for on-the-water management of the sport. Telemetering of the course is allowing for rapid movement of marks and controlling course limits, while use of real-time overlap and zone-entry determinations enable umpires to make the most accurate decisions ever possible. One of the greatest results has been that every race held to date has finished on time, something that had previously been impossible in a sport dependent upon wind.

“Stan Honey’s use of graphic technology to make sailing understandable for both the casual fan and the veteran racer is extraordinary, making sailing exciting and more fun to watch,” said America’s Cup Hall of Fame inductee and US Sailing President, Gary Jobson. “I believe this groundbreaking innovation has the power to truly connect new audiences to our sport.”

Marseille to welcome the 2012 MOD70 European Tour Fleet on the only French stop

March 23, 2012

Written by zuzana

Marseille will welcome the MOD70 fleet from 23rd to 30th of September on the only French stop over during the MOD70 European Tour. The world’s best skippers as well as their extraordinary new generation of one-design trimaran yachts will be based in the heart of the natural sailing arena of Roucas Blanc alongside one of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour events.

Marseille to host the 2012 MOD70 European Tour Fleet

Marseille to host the 2012 MOD70 European Tour Fleet

The fleet of MOD70 yachts will have raced to Marseille from Cascais in Portugal and will be set to race on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th in front of the famed corniche of Marseille, as the prelude to their final event of the Tour which will finish in Italy. Under the constraints of one design racing Stève Ravussin, Michel Desjoyeaux, Sébastien Josse, Sidney Gavignet and Yann Guichard and their star studded crews will therefore race on equal terms against each other on the highly competitive inshore races that will comprise city races and speed matches.

Marseille, capital of sailing
Marseille has chosen to welcome this exciting new MOD70 class alongside the World Match Racing Tour, which the city has hosted for the past four years running.  The Phoenician city, which has an historic outlook on the sea with its 57-kilometre coastline, will become a mecca for sailing for the week.

In the heart of the sailing arena of Roucas Blanc the MOD70 and J80 fleet will take turns to race close to the coastline to give fans the chance to follow the racing live from land or enjoying the ambience of the race village, providing entertainment, running commentary and large screen. It will be open access.

Franck David, Executive Director of Multi One Design S.A.: “Being welcomed in Marseilles, a large French city, and along with an event on the Alpari-World Match Racing Tour, is a real opportunity for our new MOD70 circuit.  Our aim is to showcase the fleet of MOD70s in the venues that host Multi One Design Championship events to as many people as possible, provide good entertainment and also allow our partners and competing team owners the opportunity to host quality public relations events. I think that all these elements will come together at the end of September thanks primarily to the town of Marseille, to whom I extend my appreciation.”

60th Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012: St. Tropez, France to San Remo, Italy

March 22, 2012

Written by Chelsea

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is one of the most popular yachting events in the Mediterranean and has been a tradition for European sailors close to 60 years. The event is a pageant of sailing and runs over a full week each year in mid-June.

2012 marks the 60th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, an event that came to life in 1953 in a show of camaraderie between Italian and French sailors wishing to prove that the rigours of World War II were behind them.

Sailing yacht JETHOU, GBR rounding the Giraglia Rock - Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht JETHOU, GBR rounding the Giraglia Rock - Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

The key dates this year are Friday, 8 June to Friday, 15 June. Inshore racing on the Bay of Saint-Tropez takes place from Sunday, 10 to Tuesday, 12 June, and, the offshore race starts on Wednesday, 13 June. The period in Saint-Tropez has a quintessential French Mediterranean feel, with the three days of inshore racing allowing competitors to enjoy the culinary highlights of an engaging port, before embarking on the more serious challenge of a 241-nautical mile race to San Remo, via the Giraglia, a rocky outcrop off the northern tip of Corsica.

Regularly attracting in excess of 200 yachts for the week of competition, the event is a kaleidoscope of nationalities. The French and Italians make up the bulk of entries, but frequently yachts from the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Nordic countries, Eastern Europe, Russia, and, even Asia and the Southern Hemisphere add richness to the occasion.

There are various notable moments for the participants. Certainly, the most memorable is the customary crew party featuring live music, exceptional food and drink, and, a spectacular firework display. Hosted by Rolex, it is set amid the grounds of La Citadelle, the 17th century fort that dominates the skyline on the landward side of Saint-Tropez. This year, the Giraglia Rolex Cup Crew Party will be held on Monday, 11 June.

The Rolex Crew Party goes on at the Citadelle - Photo By Rolex  Carlo Borlenghi

The Rolex Crew Party goes on at the Citadelle - Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Thereafter, for those on the offshore race, the rounding of the Giraglia marks the turning for the home. The rock itself is like many others, topped with a lighthouse to help navigators with their bearings. It lies less than one nautical mile off the coast of Corsica, rises 66-metres at its highest point and measures 600-metres in length. Yet, it has achieved mythic proportion in the minds of racing sailors, who view it in similar terms as the Fastnet Rock: somewhere small and uninhabitable, but crucial in the quest to complete the challenge of the race.

Start of the inshore race Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Start of the inshore race Photo By Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

The inshore series prize giving will take place on Tuesday, 12 June in Saint-Tropez, whilst the final prize giving will be held on Friday, 15 June in San Remo. The event is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano one of the oldest yacht clubs in the Mediterranean, with the assistance of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (with both of which clubs Rolex enjoys an exclusive partnership), and, in conjunction with the Yacht Club de France. Rolex has sponsored the event since 1997.

2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous Summary

March 22, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Organised by Nautor’s Swan, the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, having taken place from 12th to 17th March, 2012 in the British Virgin Islands, saw almost twenty yacht participating, ranging from Swan 44, South Wind to Swan 62′, Uxorious and Glisse yacht. The dynamic fleet enjoyed steady trade winds and beautiful Caribbean sunshine for a week of excellent sailing.

Merel Four, Swan 53, Springs into Cruise Mode at the 2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous (c) Nautor's Swan & YachtShots BVI

Merel Four, Swan 53, Springs into Cruise Mode at the 2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous (c) Nautor's Swan & YachtShots BVI

Throughout the week there was an air of excitement and camaraderie as all participants enjoyed themselves in the true ‘Spirit of Swan’.  The fleet enjoyed excellent hospitality during the week which included cocktail receptions, waterside dinners and award ceremonies.

The ClubSwan Rendezvous programme is designed to offer structured cruising and social occasions organised by Nautor’s Swan with the option of low key racing in some of the world’s most sought after sailing locations.  The Caribbean element to the Rendezvous suits those intent on enjoying local island hospitality mixed with Swan cruising organisation taking the fleet to a range of island stopovers.

This year the route saw them visit the island of Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island, Jost Van Dyke and Marina Cay.  There were daily fun races to each island before the Round Virgin Gorda Race on the last day of the cruise.  The week involved not only some incredible sailing in the British Virgin Islands but also many activities held on the islands where the ClubSwan Rendezvous stayed.  The most popular of these was the Hors d’Oeuvres Contest, which was won by Swan 51, Delawana and the cocktail competition which saw six excellent entries and was won by Ellen Hermann for her ‘Cucumber Gimlet.’

The Laser Regatta was held at the Bitter End Yacht Club on the opening day of the Rendezvous with the concluding Hobie Regatta held on the Friday afternoon when the yachts returned to the BEYC from the cruise.  The winner of the Laser Regatta was Chris Brand sailing  on Swan 53, Merel Four.  The Hobie Regatta was won by Ilkka Rantasalo participating on Swan 46, Eclipse.

The Round Virgin Gorda race held on the final day both starting and finishing at the BEYC was a highly competitive affair as Swans competed for the ‘Dockwise Yacht Transport Trophy.’  The competitive race to win of this year’s Rendezvous saw Colin Buffin’s British Swan 62, Uxorious finishing first over the water on elapsed time.  On corrected time the race was won by Jonty and Vicki Layfield on Swan 53, Merel Four.

As well as running all the social events and contests, the Nautor’s Swan event team were on hand at the daily prize giving’s including the final dinner and awards ceremony staged by the Gazebo on Almond Walk at the Bitter End Yacht Club, the participants enjoyed a lavish seafood buffet before the prize giving commenced.  The Swan Owners Association including Steve De Voe, Dave Fraiser and President, Hank Schmitt gave  the special prize for ‘Best maintained Boat’ to Swan 62, Glisse from the USA owned by Twanette Tharp.

The overall feedback from the Swan owners and participants was that a fantastic and memorable week was had by all.

Jonty Layfield, Swan Owner, commented; “Once again we had a great time doing the Rendezvous on the Swan 53.  This was our second time and it was nice to meet up with old friends from last year.  We will be looking forward to next year’s event.”

Ettore Mattiello of Nautor’s Swan, added; “The 2012 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous was another successful event for Nautor’s Swan with a complete committment to enjoyment by both participants and organisers.  A full mix of fun racing and socialising with old and new Swan family friends in the warmth of the Caribbean sun and sea made 2012 a great Caribbean Rendezvous year.”

Stephens Waring Yacht Design once again sponsor of the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous

March 21, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Stephens Waring Yacht Design,one of the world’s top Spirit of Tradition design houses announced his repeat sponsorship of the extremely successful Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, to be held in Maine from 16th to 19th May, 2012.

SWYD sailing yacht Isobel - Horizon Racing - copyright Alison Langley

SWYD sailing yacht Isobel - Horizon Racing - copyright Alison Langley

In its inaugural year in 2011, the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous attracted a 48-strong fleet as varied as it as competitive. The entry list is open to superyachts, classics , cruisers,racers, picnic boats and lobster yachts and provides something for everyone.

Stephens Waring Yacht Design presented yacht Isobel, their new 75ft fast-cruiser, last year at this event and were very successful on the race course during the four-day celebration of boating and boatbuilding, claiming second overall on corrected.

The Rendezvous features daily races for the sailing boats and a Poker Run and Photo Pursuit event for the powerboats, and participants are entertained at a different venue each evening with lobster bakes, barbecues, dancing and fireworks.

SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43 sailing yacht

SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43 sailing yacht

“This event has all the makings of becoming a classic in the Maine sailing calendar. It was very successful last year and great fun with excellent racing. We had just launched Isobel, our latest fast-­cruiser and this event was a good opportunity to put her through her paces – she did well and added to a string of early wins,”said Paul Waring of Stephens Waring Yacht Design.

“ We are delighted to renew our Commodore Sponsorship for this event and are very much looking forward to it.”

Stephens Waring is currently working with Rivolta Yachts on the launch plans for its latest contribution to the sail boat market: the SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43. The luxury production daysailer is a collaboration with the Florida-­based powerboat manufacturer well-­known for its Italian design flair and American reliability. The two firms teamed up in 2009 to create an easily managed and well-­appointed day sailer that combines fingertip sailing with plush accommodation. Stay posted for more news on the launch!

10 Perini Navi superyachts set to compete in the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2012

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

This year again Perini Navi participates at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, represented by 10 spectacular vessels, including the 47m charter yacht Andromeda la Dea, the 46m luxury charter yacht Antara, the 50m charter yacht Baracuda, the 45m sailing yacht Clan VIII, the 56m Fidelis, the 45m Helios, the 56m charter yacht Panthalassa, the 54m Parsifall III, the 56m charter yacht Zenji and the 38m charter yacht P2. This popular regatta will take place in the Caribbean from March 22 to 25, 2012.

From the 38m charter yacht P2 shot at the St Barths Bucket Regatta

From the 38m charter yacht P2 shot at the St Barths Bucket Regatta

Forty-seven yachts will make up the fleet of this year’s St Barths Bucket Regatta, an international regatta that draws yachts and designers from all over the world to the Caribbean, for a fun yet competitive regatta where safety is held supreme.

The Perini Navi yacht that places first will win, as every year, the Perini Navi Trophy.

Luxury sailing yacht Parsifal III at the St Barth's Bucket Regatta

Luxury sailing yacht Parsifal III at the St Barth's Bucket Regatta

The fleet, which will be made up entirely of yachts of over 100ft, will be racing in the beautiful waters around the Island of St Baths and will be divided into three categories: Les Gazelles de Mer is the Racing category and will have 20 yachts enrolled, Les Grandes Dames de Mer is the Cruising category and will have 15 yachts enrolled. Finally, Les Elegantes del Mers is the category reserved for J Class yachts and will have 12 yachts enrolled.

Helios and The Maltese Falcon superyachts at the Bucket

Helios and The Maltese Falcon superyachts at the Bucket

The regatta will begin on March 22nd and will have a full programme. Starting with registration and a J Class Exhibition Race, the Captain’s Meeting, the Fleet Welcome Party and the Owner’s Reception. The first regatta will follow the Around the Island course and will begin in the morning of March 23rd followed by the Dock Party & Fleet Open House in the evening. The second race will be the next day and will be along the Not so wiggley course and will be followed by the Bucket Bash. March 25th will see the last race along the Wrong Way Around course and will be followed by the prize ceremony and a cocktail party.

Doyle Sailmakers sponsors the 2012 St Barths Bucket Regatta

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

Doyle Sailmakers is pleased to sponsor the St Barths Bucket Regatta once again, running from March 22 to 25, 2012. The wait list to take part in this popular yacht regatta is a real proof of the excellent job done by the Bucket organizers, superyacht owners as well as crew, elevating superyacht competing to an amazing level of fun and excitement.

Perini Navi Charter Yacht ANDROMEDA LA DEA Courtesy of Fred Summer

Perini Navi Charter Yacht ANDROMEDA LA DEA Courtesy of Fred Summer

Numerous superyachts with Doyle sails will be taking part in the 2012 St Barths Bucket including: the 47m charter yacht Andromeda La Dea, the 62m Athos, the 37.5m luxury charter yacht Axia, the 50m charter yacht Baracuda, the 37m charter yacht Bliss, the 34m superyacht Blue Too, the 56m Fidelis, the 39m luxury charter yacht Ganesha, the 45m Helios II, the 43m Koo, the 37m charter yacht Moonbird, the 38m charter yacht P2, the 25m sailing yacht Paraiso, the 54m Parsifal III, the 45m charter yacht Salperton IV, Symmetry and the 56m charter yacht Zenji.

Luxury sailing yacht AXIA

Luxury sailing yacht AXIA

Doyle Sailmakers’ continued success in the superyacht market is the result of design and engineering expertise, reliability and after sales service. Their network of over 80 lofts worldwide allows them to provide local service worldwide.

Luxury charter yacht Bliss

Luxury charter yacht Bliss

Doyle Sailmakers will be well represented in St Barths by Robbie Doyle and numerous representatives from all over the world including: John Baxter, Richard Bouzaid, Matt Bridge, Glenn Cook, Quinny Houry, Richard Hulston, Phill Maxwell, Maria Francesca Natoli, Andrew Schneider, Brendan Simons, Jud Smith, Francesco Valenza, and Guy Waddilove.

Perini Navi 38m charter yacht P2 comes third at the 2012 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta

March 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

Sleek and fast 38m sailing yacht P2, launched by the renowned Italian builder Perini Navi in 2008 has come third at this year´s Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous. Designed by well-known Philippe Briand, the luxury charter yacht P2 features a light, easy to manoeuvre hull with some excellent rigging and sails.

38m luxury charter yacht P2 by Perini Navi

38m luxury charter yacht P2 by Perini Navi

This popular race organized by Boat International Media and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda offers both sailing as well as motor yachts an opportunity to meet for four days of regattas and socializing in the fabulous British Virgin Islands.

The thirteen participating yachts arrived in the following order: the 31m Indio, the 42m Hanuman, the 38m charter yacht P2, the 35m luxury charter yacht Sojana, the 35m luxury yacht Firefly, the 44m Salperton, the 37m charter yacht Bliss, the 39m charter yacht Ganesha, the 55m Marie, the 50m sailing yacht Zefira, Billy Budd, the 48m Lady B and the 39.5m luxury yacht Altair.

Following the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, the P2´s regatta season will continue with:

The St Barths Bucket Regatta: March 22-25, 2012
The Palma Superyacht Cup: June 20-23, 2012
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: September 2-8, 2012.