The new ORCsy rating rule, which will be used at this year’s Superyacht Cup Palma, proved extremely promising during the first two regattas in the fabulous Caribbean yacht charter location last month. It provided competitors with some of the closest and most exciting superyacht racing to date.
“The ORC collaborating with the Superyacht Racing Association (SYRA) is already evaluating the race results and reviewing the feedback provided by the event organisers and yacht representatives,” said SYRA Executive Peter Craig. “Based on lessons learned in Virgin Gorda and St Barths, the VPP will change and rule policy will be adjusted before the next regatta. We knew from the outset that this would be a challenging undertaking, but are really pleased with the rule´s debut. There is no question that full transparency is the key to success for the ORCsy.”
The impressive entry list for Palma has continued to grow with the addition of charter yacht P2 and superyacht Visione since their respective wins at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht regatta and the St Barths Bucket. “The three of us, Visione (45m Reichel Pugh/Baltic Yachts), superyacht Inoui (33m Briand/Vitters Shipyard and P2, Briand/Perini Navi 38m) have been neck-and-neck at the finish each race and I can say we are all sailing very well, so the handicap is clearly working. There are a few outliers that need some help and fixing but the heart of it is working. These boats are so complex that it does take a couple of years to get them to their top performance. I´d say we are pretty good at sailing our boat around the track and getting every ounce of speed out of it” explained P2´s helmsman Peter Holmberg after their win in Virgin Gorda. Clearly the three highly competitive yachts will continue their close racing in Palma in June. Visione, P2 and Inoui have all participated at the Superyacht Cup in previous years but not all in the same year so the competition is going to be as tight as ever.
Long term partners of the Superyacht Cup Pantaenius, Astilleros de Mallorca and Rolling Stock are looking forward to this year´s regatta as many of the fleet head back to Palma from the Caribbean for various refit and painting projects prior to the European season. Rolling Stock´s Shore Support are offering SYC participating yachts assistance with all their on-shore arrangements during the regatta including housing, transport arrangements and provisioning.
New sponsors to recently confirm a three year partnership at silver level is Jotun. Jotun is one of the world´s leading manufacturers of decorative paints, marine, yacht, protective and powder coatings and is recognized as the leading supplier of megayacht topcoats, fillers, antifoulings and primers. “I am delighted with our new partnership with the Superyacht Cup Palma, it is a great opportunity for us to support this prestigious regatta and develop relationships with some of the best names in the superyacht world,” commented Marcus Reynolds, Yacht Marketing Manager for Jotun.
The Superyacht Cup will be held from June 17-20th at Muelle Viejo, Palma with racing on the 18th/19th and 20th June.