Hoek Design are celebrating yet another amazing victory, after the J-Class sailing yacht Lionheart won the fourth and final race at the Palma Superyacht Cup, which was hosted by the beautiful Mallorca yacht charter destination last weekend. Superyacht Lionheart took victory in the J-Class fleet, with a 1-1-3-1, and an exceptional 4.5-point lead over charter yacht Ranger, taking second place.
The final coastal race was a fitting showdown with just 1 point separating the regatta leaders luxury yacht Lionheart from superyacht Hanuman but once again it was to be Lionheart’s day. Andre Hoek, a regular race crew member of the Lionheart team was on board and extremely proud not only to see the owner and crew race the yacht so well but also of his team in The Netherlands who, based on their philosophy of ‘Performance Through Research’, did a vast amount of analysis and development to optimise the design of Lionheart for all conditions, something which is clearly paying off.
Having won 8 out of 9 races so far this season, the owner of the Claasen-built yacht Lionheart also took home ‘The Corinthian King’s Cup’, an award presented as a perpetual trophy ‘for friendly competition between J-Class yachts, each sailed by an amateur owner helmsman,’ and just to top it off, after Lionheart won the class’s top trophy in 2012 and Hanuman in 2013, this year the ‘King’s Hundred Guinea Cup’ was awarded jointly to the owners of both yachts!
With 5 other Hoek Design yachts competing in The Superyacht Cup fleet, last year’s overall winner sailing yacht Heartbeat once again raced exceptionally well, winning not only her class but also ‘The Hoek Cup’ for the second consecutive year, while luxury yacht Drumfire and charter yacht This Is Us finished with a very respectable 3rd and 4th.