Sponsored by event partner Pantaenius, Race Day 1 of the 2012 Superyacht Cup Palma brought the 12-strong fleet clear blue skies as well as a healthy 15-20 knot breeze. The teams were divided into two classes to shorten the start sequence, with the 35m Hoek designed sailing yacht Firefly having the best start of the day just 1 second off their allocated start time, crossing the line at full speed.
The two classes separated after the start with Class 1 given a slightly longer course for the faster boats. The fleet merged back together mid race at the most southerly part of the course off Isla de Sech confidently led by the 30m Hoek designed superyacht Reesle ahead of the 27m Jongert sailing yach Ithaka, the 34m Frers/Nautor Swan charter yacht Highland Breeze, the 40m Bruce King/Royal Huisman charter yacht Maria Cattiva and the 27m Hoek/Claasen Jachtbouw charter yacht Atalante within a few minutes of each other.
Reesle superyacht and luxury yacht Highland Breeze were able to hold their positions to cross the line in first and second place and win their respective classes. Ashore, celebrations continued well into the evening with well-deserved refreshments against the backdrop of tonight’s ‘Dock Olympics’ themed party and live music.
The weather forecast for tomorrow’s race promises similar conditions with clear skies ahead for the weekend.
Results – Day 1, 21 June 2012