12 yachts racing in the Superyacht Cup Palma 2022

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The Superyacht Cup kicks off this week in Palma, marking an important occasion as Europe’s longest superyacht regatta and one of the premier racing events of the Mediterranean season. The four-day regatta runs from June 29 to July 2 and will see a fleet of high-performance sailing yachts put through their paces around the coast of Mallorca. Leading the load on the water are the quartet of J-class yachts – Topaz, Tidy, Velsheda and Svea – which will be joined by bluewater cruisers, modern classics and capable carbon flyers. Check out this year’s lineup…

Ganesh

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Length: 46m Manufacturer: Vitters

Named after the Hindu deity representing the Lord of Good Fortune, Ganesh was commissioned by an experienced yachtsman to succeed his 38.9 meter Fitzroy sailboat of the same name. This time, Dutch shipyard Vitters, with the help of Dubois Naval Architects, was chosen to bring the owner’s vision to life. The sloop was delivered in 2013. GaneshThe lines of are inspired by the width-to-length ratio and low freeboard of J-class yachts and she flies a bright orange spinnaker with the depiction of the Hindu god. She finished second in her class at last year’s Superyacht Cup and will be back to fight for the top spot.

Svea

Length: 43.6m Builder: Vitters

Svea is the largest and newest member of the J-class fleet, which first hit the water in 2017. The original lines of this Super J were designed by Tore Holm in 1937 but the yacht does not was ever built. Hoek Design naval architects have been called upon to revive the 75 year old designs and bring them into the 21st century with an aluminum hull and 53.75 meter carbon fiber main mast. She will race under new ownership after changing hands in April 2022.

The beautiful

Length: 43m Builder: Vitters

Another Vitters-built competitor competing in this year’s Superyacht Cup Palma is The beautiful, an aluminum sloop designed by Dubois Naval Architects Design. she was delivered in 2002 to an owner looking for an offshore cruiser and completed two circumnavigations in her lifetime. While in Auckland in 2019, she was extensively refitted with works including the installation of a new platform. It will be The beautifulfor the first time in the Superyacht Cup.

Topaz

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Length: 42.7m Builder: Holland Jachtbouw

Topaz is based on an unbuilt 1938 design by Frank C Paine, the son of three-time America’s Cup winner General Charles J Paine. The modern aluminum incarnation measures 42.62 meters and was launched by Dutch shipyard Holland Jachtbouw in 2015. Hoek Design Naval Architects, who designed Topaz inside and out, describe her as “a good all-around performer.” She was the longest J by waterline length at the time of her launch but was later dethroned by Svea.

Tidy

Length: 41m Builder: Danish Yachts

Tidy was the first J-class sailboat to be built since the 1930s heyday of the original fleet. She is a replica of the 1937 America’s Cup winner of the same name, built with a steel hull and delivered in 2004 by Danish Yachts. She has had several refits since her launch to make her more competitive. Work included replacing her rod rig with a modern composite EC6 and adding a carbon boom.

Velsheda

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Length: 39.5m Builder: Camper & Nicholsons

Velsheda has participated in the Superyacht Cup Palma several times and even won in 2018. After losing the victory against Tidy into the St Barths Bucket by a single point, all eyes will be on the J-Class battle at this year’s regatta. Built in 1933 for the owner of Woolworths, Velsheda is one of the few Js still running on its original bottom. It was the second J class designed by Charles Nicholson and is the only original to sail that was not built specifically for the Amercia’s Cup.

Archelon

Length: 37.45m Builder: Pendennis

The 37-meter Oyster sailboat Archelon will make her Superyacht Cup debut this year. Oyster 1225 was built to a design by Humphreys Yacht Design Ltd and completed in 2020. For ease of sail handling she is fitted with a Southern Spars boom furling system, hydraulic furling inner forestay and a mainsail arranged to take in a third reef. as well as a dedicated storm trysail rail on the mast. In 14 knots of true wind, it climbs upwind at ease at 11 knots and almost matches the wind speed on the reach. Meanwhile, in stronger breezes of 20-25 knots, she will happily settle to 14-15 knots. The twin rudders were chosen for their performance and efficiency.

win win

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Length: 33m Builder: Baltic Yachts

After a two-year break, Win Win is back in Palma and hopes to live up to her name and regatta record, having won both her class and the overall title at the Superyacht Cup in 2019. This racer-cruiser always leans- so slightly towards the racing side with carbon fiber construction, a lifting keel and a retractable propulsion system (RPS) to minimize drag and maximize speed. She was designed to take a square racing sail and has a bolt-on bowsprit that allows her to fly powerful kites. In 12 to 13 knots, it settles comfortably at 11.2 knots upwind. It was designed by Javier Jaudenes and finished in carbon gray and a racing green stripe.

pattoo

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Length: 33m Builder: Vitters

The Vitters built miss returns to the Superyacht Cup under a new name, Pattoo after a change of ownership earlier this year. It was developed in collaboration with Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design and is the studio’s first project. The owner’s brief was for a carbon fiber performance cruiser and resulted in her slim 7.5 meter beam, generous sail plan and lifting keel that extends from 3.75 meters to five meters. She has a carbon fiber mast from Southern Spars (with an ECsix carbon rig) and carries a sail closet from North Sails.

Kiboko Tres

Length: 32m Builder: South wind

Kiboko Tres is the third Southern Wind built for an experienced yachtsman after upgrading her SW94. The brief was for a sailboat built for regattas, but also for family cruising. Kiboko was the second hull in the SW105 mini-series and is optimized for performance with a larger sail plan than her sisterships, three tons more lead in the fixed keel and twin rudders.

Savannah

Length: 27m Builder: Concorde

Classic wooden sailboat Savannah was designed by renowned Newport designer David Pedrick and is inspired by some of the finest classic yachts on the water such as Halloween by Fife and J Class Effort by Charles E. Nicholson. The mandate was to “build the most beautiful classic yacht imaginable” and that is exactly what his construction team did. Its classic styling, however, is deceiving, as it hides its built-in modern systems and engineers.

Pink

Credit: Giles Martin-Raget

Length: 24m Builder: Wally

Pink was delivered as Tango G in 2006 and is the work of Wally, Farr Yacht Design, Luca Bassani and Lazzarini Pickering Architetti. It is a three-cabin Wally80 model with a flush deck, carbon rig and 3DL self-tacking jib for simple handling. Her four winches are mounted aft of the cockpit, allowing the navigation and social areas of the boat to be separated when cruising.

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