Summer has well and truly arrived early this year here in Palma with temperatures already in the thirties, making it feel more like August.
The regatta season is now well underway, and we now know who will battle it out with Oracle for the America’s Cup, it’s those Kiwi’s and their peddling machine ! They defeated Artemis in the challenger final fairly comfortably .
Sir Ben Ainslie’s effort to land the Auld mug ended in a whimper, being soundly beaten by New Zealand. They never looked comfortable and seemed to struggle for speed all through the qualifying races. Soft Bank Japan, helmed by Kiwi Dean Barker were sent packing after a great comeback by the Swedish Artemis team, led by Ian Percy and helmed by Nathan Outteridge. It will be interesting to see if Oracle prevail in what looks like being a closely fought final contest.
As we go to press, the J-Class and Superyacht regatta has just started, also in Bermuda, with Hanuman taking the first race , held in light and shifty winds . Word has it that this event has attracted more billionaires per square mile than any other sporting competition on the planet !
We will have a full report and photo gallery of both the America’s Cup Finals and the Superyacht Regatta from our representative in Bermuda, Ingrid Abery, in our August issue.
The Palma Superyacht Cup, taking place from 22nd to 24th June has been affected by the Bermuda events, with only 12 boats making it to the starting line this year. It was always going to be a tough year for the event, with so many yacht and crew being in Bermuda this year. Let’s hope next year we get the J-Class back in Palma along with all the other usual suspects, making 2018 a year to remember.
We have already seen lots of charter activity around Mallorca, with some beautiful yachts visiting Palma, including Rising Sun, Katara, Sybaris, Naia, Irimari, Windrose of Amsterdam, Aviva plus many more; all pointing to a good season for the charter industry here in Spain.
We look forward to seeing many of you out on the water soon !