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Superyacht Regattas of 2018/19


The Bucket Regatta, St Barths 15-18 March 2018

The best loved superyacht regatta in the Caribbean attracts more than 20 of the world’s great superyachts.  At least three J Class yachts have already entered for the March 2018 event, along with a collection of stunning yachts from 27m in size to the majestic 56m Perini Navi Zenji.  The fleet gathers in Gustavia’s harbour for the three-day invitational regatta as well a great programme of exclusive shore side social events. 


The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, Porto Cervo, Sardinia  5-9 June 2018

The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, one of the most important events in the Mediterranean, takes place in Porto Cervo, Sardinia each year. If past entries are anything to go by some 18 imposing superyachts, many of them Wallys as well as other maxi racing machines. Race amongst the rugged islands of the La Maddalena archipelago during four days of competition accompanied by exclusive social events ashore in a regatta that blends sport and glamour. The event is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Saudade, the Tripp designed 45m Wally 143, has won the past two editions but there is all to play for in 2018. 


The Superyacht Cup, Palma, Mallorca 20-23 June 2018

The 2018 Superyacht Cup is one to watch out for to witness the spectacle of the J Class which will be racing there from 20-23 June.  They’ll be joined by the rest of the fleet after the first day.  

The Superyacht Cup is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe.  With warm early summer conditions and reliable sea breezes, the Bay of Palma offers idyllic sailing conditions with racing run by Real Club Nautico de Palma. The participating superyachts are all moored together stern-to in the Superyacht Cup Regatta Village located at Muelle Viejo with the iconic Palma Cathedral and Palm tree lined Paseo Maritimo providing a stunning back-drop.  The likes of the 33m Baltic Winwin and the Frers designed 32m Bolero are the yachts to beat this summer. Eighteen yachts have already signed up for 2018. 


The Candy Store Cup 27-29 July 2018

If the New England coastline of the USA is on your itinerary, the Candy Store Cup is a regatta to head to.  Held in historic Newport, RI, the Candy Store Cup, named after the legendary Candy Store bar, haunt of America’s Cup heroes of the 20th century, is in its third year and has consolidated with the Newport Bucket.  Hosted & organised by Newport Shipyard  and Bannister's Wharf, the Candy Store Cup provides three days of spectacular racing in Rhode Island Sound. Eleven yachts took part in 2017 from the J Class Ranger to the beautiful 32m ketch Whitehawk, and entries are now arriving for 2018. 


The Perini Navi Cup 19-22 September 2018

This event in Porto Cervo may only be for yachts built by Perini Navi, but what incredible machines they are.  Amongst the regular participants is the iconic 88m Maltese Falcon whose three monster rigs tower 58m into the air. 2018 will see the 7th edition which takes place every two years (except for skipping last summer because of the Bermuda America’s Cup).

There will be three days of action packed racing amongst a fleet that has averaged some 16 entries since it started in 2004, showcasing the sheer dimensions and luxury of some of the best sailing yachts in the world.  Reigning champion is the 56m sailing yacht Rosehearty. 


NZ Millennium Cup, New Zealand January 2019

It may be on the other side of the world for the many in the northern hemisphere’s superyacht fleet but the Millennium Cup is a well-established annual event which has been running since, you’ve guessed it, 2000.  The first one took place during the America’s Cup season in that year and it will be a regatta to plan for again now that Auckland will once again be hosting the Cup in 2021.  Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group the NZ Millennium Cup is a celebration of good racing, great cruising grounds and exceptional hospitality. The owner of the 34m Silvertip, built by Yachting Developments sums up why it’s worth making a trip down under to take part. “Racing in the Bay of Islands surrounded by a dolphin pod playing at the bow is always a treat. The organisation is flawless.”  While this year’s event is already complete, it’s not too early to think about next year or beyond. 


Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Cup, Phuket, Thailand January 2018

The 17th edition of the three-day annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, hosted at the Sala Phuket Resort and Spa in Thailand, drew to a close on 21th January 2018, so there’s nearly a year to prepare for the next one with dates yet to be announced.  

The Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Cup is the only superyacht regatta in Asia.  It welcomes both sailing yachts, and motor yachts which can ‘cruise’ around a course alongside the competitive racing fleet. 

The event is very popular – 19 racing entries made it to the start line in January. The winner of the ASR Cup 2018 was the 28.4-metre Hoek-designed sailing ketch Aphrodite and amongst the many other well known attendees enjoying the tropical hospitality of this beautiful part of the world were 36 metre schooner Yanekee Too, 57.5m Huisman-built Twizzle and the 34m Tiara.  With 16 motor yachts, including the 72m Titania, and the largest in the fleet, the ultra megayacht 85m Sunrays the rendez-vous is a spectacle to behold. 


Superyacht Challenge Antigua February 2019

This is an incredibly friendly regatta now in its eight year, attracting around a dozen of the world’s most beautiful yachts every February.  Racing takes place against the backdrop of Antigua’s tropical south coast, where the trade winds all but guarantee great wind conditions.  Described by the helmsman of the top performing yacht of 2018, Arcadia, the beautiful 28m Hoek design, as ‘laid back’ the event heralds the start of the Caribbean season for the giants of the racing circuit.  


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