The 2012 Superyacht Cup’s 12-strong fleet was graced in Palma with clear blue skies and a healthy 15-20 knot breeze for the opening day of racing. The fleet was split into two classes to shorten the start sequence, the 35m Hoek designed Firefly having the best start of the day just one 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 Reesle ahead of the chasing pack Ithaka (27m Jongert), Highland Breeze (34m Frers/ Nautor Swan), Maria Cattiva (40m Bruce King/Royal Huisman) and Atalante (27m Hoek/Claasen Jachtbouw) within a few minutes of each other.
Reesle and 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.
1. Highland Breeze
4. Scorpione dei Mare
2. This is Us
4. Maria Cattiva
Superyacht Cup website
by James Pleasance
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8:09 PM Thu 21 Jun 2012GMT
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