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July 22nd 2014. By Rupert Holmes.

8 stunning yachts at the Superyacht Cup Palma

This year’s Superyacht Cup in Palma, Mallorca showcased some of the world’s finest large yachts.. here are eight of them in all their glory.

This year’s Superyacht Cup in Palma, Mallorca proved to be a spectacle showcasing some of the world’s finest large yachts. There were 26 entries ranging from 24-51 metres in length, representing more than 80 years of yacht design. Here’s our pick of the stunning eye candy on display, ranging from beautiful J-Class yachts (also see Rainbow: beautiful J-Class in action) to beautiful Spirit yachts (see also Five stunning film star yachts).

Superyacht Cup Palma: Borkumriff lV photo Clairematches.com

Borkumriff lV. This spectacular modern classic schooner from 2002 is a Dykstra Naval Architects design based on the lines for an American East Coast Topsail Schooner drawn by John Alden in the early part of the 20th century. At (167ft) 51m she was the largest boat at the regatta – her aluminium masts are more than 50m (166ft) tall and are fitted with carbon fibre booms and gaffs. Photo ClaireMatches.com.

Gaia. Superyacht Cup Palma. Photo Clairematches.com.

Gaia. The slender Spirit yachts never fail to catch admiring glances and the 100ft (30.6m) Gaia is no exception. She’s also a fast boat in race mode, winning the first race in class 2 and taking third in the final race. It was a scoreline that left her second in class and third overall at the end of the regatta. Photo ClaireMatches.com.

Ganesha. Superyacht Cup Palma. Photo Clairematches.com.

Ganesha. This 149ft (46m) Ed Dubois design by Vitters Shipyard was launched in August last year. She won the opening race in Palma by more than seven minutes and took two more podium results to win class 1 and take second place overall at the end of the regatta. It’s hard to get a feel for the sheer size of this yacht from photographs alone – she has a beam of 30ft (9.1m), a 203ft (62m) thin film technology carbon mast, carries almost 20 tonnes of fuel and weighs almost 250 tonnes. Photo ClaireMatches.com.

Hanuman. Superyacht Cup Palma. Photo Clairematches.com.

Hanuman. Another modern J Class, with a carbon rig and deck house, but finished exquisitely in teak, Hanuman was only one point behind Lionheart going into the final day of racing. The yacht is a re-incarnation using modern materials where possible of the Charles Nicolson designed Endeavour ll that was launched in 1937 and sadly scrapped little more than 30 years later. Photo ClaireMatches.com.

Heartbeat. One of the smaller yachts at the regatta, Heartbeat was last year’s overall winner and was again raced exceptionally well, winning her class and the Hoek Cup for the second consecutive year. She is a Truly Classic 78, built by Claasen Shipyards in 2007 to a design by Hoek, and had her last refit at Royal Huisman in 2012/13.Superyacht Cup Palma. Photo Clairematches.com.

Heartbeat. One of the smaller yachts at the regatta, Heartbeat was last year’s overall winner and was again raced exceptionally well, winning her class and the Hoek Cup for the second consecutive year. She is a Truly Classic 78, built by Claasen Shipyards in 2007 to a design by Hoek, and had her last refit at Royal Huisman in 2012/13. Photo ClaireMatches.com.

Lionheart Superyacht Cup Palma. Photo Clairematches.com.

Lionheart. One of five J Class yachts at Palma, Lionheart was a star of the regatta, winning her second J Class event in a row, after victory in Mahon, Menorca a month earlier. With legendary Volvo Ocean Race skipper Bouwe Bekking as tactician, the 43m yacht built by Freddie Bloemsma and Claassen Jachtbouw in 2010 to a Hoek design won the final race coastal race at Palma to finish the event in style. Photo ClaireMatches.com.

Odin Superyacht Cup Palma. Photo Clairematches.com.

Odin. This stunning Swan 90 was a new boat at the event this year, scoring a consistent run of fourth and fifth places to finish fifth overall in Class 2. Photo ClaireMatches.com.

Unfurled. Superyacht Cup Palma. Photo Clairematches.com.

Unfurled. This 112ft (34.2m) modern Frers design won class two with a 2, 1, 1 scoreline and also lifted the overall prize for the regatta. What’s more she was crewed by a team of four families, including renowned father and son partnership Ross and Cambell Field. “It is a brilliant regatta. To have that breeze dial up at 1300hrs, with some lovely courses with a good mix of windward-leewards and some reaching as well – it’s fantastic for the owner and fantastic for the team.” said Cambell Field at the end of the event. “This has been a successful team over 15 years …I am thrilled for the owner.” Photo Clairematches.com.

 

 

The Superyacht Cup is an annual event and provides an impressive display for spectators and competitors alike. For more gorgeous craft see The 10 sexiest sailing yachts in the World.

 



Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.