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All the highlights from the 2018 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

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Charl van Rooy

The 11th edition of the annual Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia came to an end on Saturday after two compact days of racing on the glistening Costa Smeralda.Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018Photo: Carlo Borlenghi / YCCS

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Rainy and windless conditions had the fleet waiting in port for the first two days as favourable conditions were expected on the final two days of the event. When racing got underway, however, events took a turn for the worse for two competitors as both Highland Fling XV and Inouī sustained keel damage after making contact with uncharted reefs.Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018Photo: Carlo Borlenghi / YCCS

The fleet of eight yachts was further reduced to only five after Saudade’s misfortune from the first day of racing (blown kite) continued with more sail trouble that was detected ahead of the start on day two, forcing them to retire to the yacht club. This left everything to win for the 40-metre Baltic Yachts speedster, My Song, as she was left as the only competitor in Class A.  “I am 'sorry' for the man owners who were unable to attend this edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta,” commented Pier Luigi Loro Piana, owner of My Song, “and I take this opportunity to invite them now to the next edition. I also thank my crew for the great work of tuning the boat, the merit of this victory goes to them.”Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018Photo: Carlo Borlenghi / YCCSLoro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018Photo: Carlo Borlenghi / YCCS

In Class B, the four competitors sailed a flawless race with the 46-metre Vitters superyacht Ganesha looking particularly poised out on the race course. But it was Hugh Morrison’s 27-metre Savannah from 1996 that walked away with a hat-trick win across all three races of the regatta. "It's great to win here,” commented Morrison, “a wonderful race in the most beautiful place in the world. Today we had excellent conditions and it was really exciting to be reached by the other bigger and faster boats"Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018Photo: Carlo Borlenghi / YCCSSavannah at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times

This meant Ganesha and Inouī finished second and third respectively in Class B, leaving Escapade with even more to play for next year.Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018Photo: Carlo Borlenghi / YCCS

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