A new location in the heart of Palma, introduction of the ‘Bucket Rating’ system, better dock facilities and a change to the prize-giving format are just some of the improvements proposed for this years' Superyacht Cup in Palma, Mallorca from 24-27 June.
Following support from the local Government and Port Authorities, the Superyacht Cup has been granted permission to use the centrally located Muelle Viejo dock for the 4-day event. The yachts will be moored adjacent to the historic ‘La Lonja’ area of the City, directly opposite the spectacular Cathedral and the glamorous shopping streets of the Borne and Jaime III as well as excellent restaurants and hotels. The Muelle Viejo is a 10 minute drive from the airport.
The SYC dock area will accommodate around 22 yachts (depending on beam) and a shaded bar and entertainment area will create an informal atmosphere for the yacht owners, sponsors, guests and crew to relax and enjoy the surroundings each afternoon after the racing. The opening cocktail party and final prize-giving evening will be held in nearby historic buildings with views of the harbour, yachts and City of Palma.
Another popular change for the racing format will be the adoption of the 'Bucket Rating' system. The system was used very successfully at the recent Superyacht Cup Antigua and heralded a major step forward, creating the closest finishes in 14 years of Superyacht Cup racing. Developed by Jim Teeters and used at the St Barth's and Newport Bucket regattas for the past few years, the system is constantly being improved and developed to allow for the many factors influencing accurate ratings.
There will, subject to sufficient demand, also be an IRC class. The two classes will offer owners the choice of two of the most popular and successful rating systems for superyachts and produce the fairest and most exciting racing for everyone. Both classes will be able to benefit from more technical race courses, which can be set according to weather conditions.
The Superyacht Cup is pleased to welcome the return of its sponsors including (to date) Main Partners Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Gold level sponsors Camper and Nicholson’s International and Slam, as well Official level sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca, The Rolling Stock Group, Holland Jachtbouw, North Sails, Ship Equip, Reckmann, Dohle, Atollvic, Pantaenius, Pendennis and Claasen Jachtbouw.