From New Zealand to Newport, the superyacht regatta calendar is packed with opportunities for owners to race their boats in stunning settings. Whether you are looking for keen competition or are more interested in the après scene, Kate Lardy helps you pick the perfect contest.
1. The Superyacht Cup, Palma, Mallorca
A laid-back southern Mediterranean vibe prevails at the Superyacht Cup in Palma. Leave your jackets and ties at home; this is a shorts and T-shirt event, says event director Kate Branagh.
Uniquely, this regatta is contained within a fenced-in event village, proving that relaxed and informal can also mean ultra-exclusive. “At the village bar after a race, you’ll find that 95 per cent of those around you are participants,” says Branagh. “It’s a safe and secure feeling, and family friendly.”
While racing in the Bay of Palma does not offer the same dramatic scenery as the Caribbean, it is ideal for newcomers who may find rounding inflatable marks less daunting than a rocky outcrop, and its more sheltered position means there are no boat-breaking big seas. The race committee has the ability to set courses in the bay to suit the fleet and to really give every yacht a better chance to sail to its rating.
“The thermal winds are special and relatively reliable,” says the owner of the Baltic sailing yacht WinWin, who praises the race committee and appreciates that good passing lanes have been organised for the faster boats in recent races.
Outside the race village, guests find themselves in the heart of Palma in front of the imposing Gothic cathedral La Seu, and just a five minute walk from the bustling Passeig del Born, where you can soak up Palma’s flavour among the high-end designer shops and fashionable bars and cafés.