The prestigious regatta took place at Porto Cervo in Sardinia and was organised by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, providing five days of social events and nine races in total. Sailing yachts MY SONG, SAUDADE, INOUI and HIGHLAND FLING 15 made up Class A, which competed in light to moderate winds the first two races and strong winds on the third day to sail 21 miles around La Maddalena Archipelago to return to the starting line in Porto Cervo.
In Class A, MY SONG won her third race after her competitors had to pull out: S/Y SAUDADE had to forfeit shortly after starting due to issues with her foresails and INOUI stayed in port. HIGHLAND FLING 15 meanwhile sailed to Palma de Mallorca for a damage assessment following a collision with a submerged and un-mapped rock the previous day.
Loro Piana 2018 – Video by Breed Media
Four yachts made up Class B: OHANA, ESCAPADE, SAVANNAH and GANESHA. 27m/89ft SAVANNAH and 46m/151ft GANESHA put on a show for spectators as they battled it out for first place, but in the end it was SAVANNAH who took the title for Class B, beating GANESHA by only 33 seconds.
“It’s great to win, it’s a wonderful regatta and the best location in the world,” SAVANNAH’s owner, Hugh Morrison said about the occasion. “We had very good breeze today, very good conditions, flat seas and it was really very impressive to see all the other boats catching up with us.”
Video from Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta – Breed Media
The Silver Jubilee races are for superyachts over 30m/100ft and consisted of MY SONG, ESCAPADE, INOUI, GANESHA, OHANA and SAUDADE with HIGHLAND FLING 15 unable to participate.
The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018 concluded with Princess Zahra Aga Khan, President of the YCCS and One Ocean Boards of Directors, attending the prized-giving in Piazza Azzurra.
MY SONG owner Pier Luigi Loro Piana commented:
“Almost paradoxically I’m sad because such a great event has come to an end. Sardinia in this season is always fantastic, and today has made up to everyone present for the uncertainties of the first few days. I’m also sorry for the many owners who were unable to be present for this edition, and I would like to take this opportunity to invite them here for the next one. Finally, I want to thank my crew for the great job they did on tuning the boat, they deserve the credit for this victory.”
Porto Cervo and Sardinia as a whole is a favourite superyacht charter destination during the Mediterranean charter season. The Perini Navi Cup is another highly acclaimed regatta hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and is due to be held on the 19th-22nd of September 2018.
HIGHLAND FLING 15
HIGHLAND FLING 15