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Superyacht Cup Palma - Full fleet in action

 
The Pantaenius Race heralded the start of fleet racing with a course around a sun-soaked Palma Bay

Class winners last year and Superyacht Cup victors in 2016, Win Win got the party started, crossing the line bang on her allocated 13:00 timeslot as part of a staggered starting sequence, heading out to the left-hand side of the course.

The rest of the superyacht fraternity followed suit, starting at two-minute intervals in a light but steady breeze.

Bliss was the first of the seven-strong Class B – the largest at the regatta – to start racing, swiftly followed by the J Class twosome, uniquely starting together to maintain their race-within-a-race wrangle.

Class C and then the Corinthian Class D duo of Q and Scorpione of London joined the action, all heading for the first mark of the course, Silver Fern, so named in recognition of 100% New Zealand’s support for the Superyacht Cup.

The ORCsy handicapping system aims to smooth out differences in size and design.

So it proved in Class A with Highland Fling demonstrating her racing pedigree to win by almost a minute and a half on corrected time ahead of Saudade after two and a half hours of racing, with Win Win only 23 seconds further back.

Closest contest though came in Class C, with Silencio getting the better of Bolero by just 12 seconds with Aquarius third.

Scorpione of London took Corinthian Class D honours ahead of Q, while Velsheda not only got the better of Svea but also took the win in Class B ahead of Mari-Cha III in second, pipping Svea by just 28 seconds on corrected time.

Racing at The Superyacht Cup Palma continues Friday and Saturday.

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