The Superyacht Cup fleet prepare for battle

With less than three weeks to go to the start of the Superyacht Cup Ulysse Nardin the Superyachts are preparing for the big gathering in Palma. Many will have guests and crew flying in from all over the world to take part in this spectacular sailing event. The captains and crew will be preparing their yachts for optimal performance, as well as planning for all the requirements of their owners and guests for their visit to Mallorca. From fitting new sails and rigging, to ordering flowers and hairdressers, every conceivable request is being anticipated to ensure the Superyacht Cup is an event to be remembered by all taking part.

The fleet will be split into two classes in order to best match similarly-performing yachts together; although the yachts are all very different sizes, designs and styles, it is anticipated that the sailing will be very competitive. Of the 55 yachts currently entered, there will be several matchings of yachts eager to show their best performance and please the owners, designers and shipyards.

The two J-class yachts, Velsheda (39.5m) and Ranger (41.2m), will continue their on-the-water battle, as will the racing maxis Alfa Romeo (30m) and Wild Oats (30m). Two of the Royal Huisman yachts, Meteor and Borkumriff IV (both 50m) will be evenly matched for an exciting first outing against each other. There will also be the Wallys Dark Shadow (30m) and Magic Carpet (29m) and the Dubois boats Janice of Wyoming (39m) and Kokomo of London (40m) who will be having their own private duels as well as competing against the rest of the fleet. Amongst the Perinis, Perseus (49.8) and Klosters (45.4) will be demonstrating their power and prowess.

The Superyacht Cup incorporating The New Zealand Millennium Cup is expecting up to 60 yachts from 27m to over 80m length overall. It will be held at Dique del Oeste in Palma, Mallorca, June 16 -19th 2007.



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