The 32-metre Philippe Briand designed sloop Gliss demonstrated impressive consistency of performance against challenging competition to take the winner’s trophy in the 2009 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
Hosted by the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda the regatta attracted a strong entry list from some of the most high performance superyachts currently afloat. The courses were set among spectacular coastal scenery with rocky islets and lighthouses for marks; the island’s pink granite outcrops contrasted dramatically with luxuriant green vegetation and the stunning blues of water and sky.
Against this backdrop, the turquoise-hulled Gliss, with her lively interior by Pieter Beeldsnijder, was noted not just for her own vivid contribution to the scenery but most especially for her consistent presence at the front of the nineteen-strong fleet. Finishing 4th, 2nd, 2nd and 2nd Gliss took First Prize seven points ahead of the Reichel-Pugh designed My Song and eight points ahead of third-placed Hamilton II, also from the drawing board of Philippe Briand.
Royal Huisman have every reason to be delighted by such a convincing performance from this Alustar-hulled performance sloop skippered by her exuberant owner and his excellent ‘all amateur’ team. Globetrotting Gliss, with her luxurious oak panelled interior, faced strong competition from a number of recently launched Mediterranean based ‘day sailers’ challenging many presumptions on what is required to make the winners’ circle .
Following the success of the Royal Huisman-built 52m schooner Meteor in winning both class and fleet standings during the 2009 St Barth’s Bucket, this has already proven a great season for Royal Huisman-built yachts on the 2009 superyacht regatta circuit. There is more excitement to come with the Palma Superyacht Cup and the eagerly-awaited duel between the Royal Huisman-built Super-J Hanuman (redesigned by Dykstra & Partners) as she meets the Super-J class Ranger in Newport later in the season.