2014 Superyacht Cup - two Vitters yachts jockey for top spot in Class 1
by Risa Merl
The second day of racing during 2014's Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca saw Inoüi challenging Ganesha's top spot in Class 1.
On Friday's course, Inoüi deftly avoided a wind hole at the Illetas off Bendinat. She came in first in Class 1, ahead by 45 seconds on corrected time, ahead of Wally superyacht Suadade with Ganesha in third.
Chris Main was calling tactics on the 33 metre green-hulled Vitters yacht. 'I don’t think it was what we did right today, it was more about what we did not do wrong,' says Main. 'We were dealt a pretty good set of cards today because of the timing. When we came into Illetas there was a park up and we just managed to come down with pressure and had a gap to tack out and so we were not in that hole very long.'
Ganesha still leads overall in Class 1, with fellow Vitters yacht Inoüi in second behind by two points.
Meanwhile, in Class 2 the biggest upset was the 34 metre Frers superyacht Unfurled taking the lead by more than 16 minutes on corrected time, also overcoming the challenging wind conditions around Illetas. 'It was good for us,' says Ross Field, racing on board Unfurled. 'The sea breeze was in and our tactician got us around the hole at the bottom mark and we were away.... We did sail well – this is a team which has been together for a long, long time. Most have been together for ten years, and we like a bit of breeze.'
In Class 3, Heartbeat's leading margin was snatched away by Royal Huisman's Maria Cattiva. The last day of racing has just begun – stay tuned for a final results.