I don’t know about you, but I’d give anything for an Arctic blast and some rain right now ! Summer is certainly in mid flow, and this has been attracting many of the world’s largest and luxurious superyachts to the islands, enjoying their summer cruises.
The numbers of these visiting yachts is certainly increasing year on year, which is great news for all those involved in the Superyacht industry.
Well, The America’s Cup ended up a one-sided affair, with the Kiwis trouncing Oracle 7 – 1. I think we can say this was a very popular victory, with New Zealand much more likely to introduce more sanity into the event, and hopefully some real match racing, which is the essence of the Cup. A return to monohulls has been mooted, which in my opinion is absolutely the right call. The sight of the high-speed foiling cats was without doubt a great spectacle, but provided very little in the way of boat on boat tactics and traditional sailing skills. Young Peter Burling, the Kiwi skipper, showed Jimmy Spithill a clean pair of heels in all but one of the races, and dispelled the myth that their campaign was too late and underfunded.
Alongside the Cup, Bermuda hosted a J-Class regatta, with a record 7 J’s on the starting line, and Lionheart taking the overall honours after a close fought battle with Hanuman, as well as winning the Bermuda Superyacht regatta, held the previous week. We are all hoping that the J-‘s come back to Palma for 2018 to do battle in the Palma Superyacht Cup.
Closer to home, the Copa del Rey gets underway in Palma with around 150 yachts taking part representing over 24 different nations. In accordance with the Notice of Race, the fleet will compete in a dozen different classes, including six one-designs, namely the ClubSwan 42, ClubSwan 50, Swan 45, X-35, J80 and GC32,
The Islander RIB will be out on the racecourse on several days getting some great shots for our September issue.
We are also hoping to take a short cruise around our wonderful islands during August, so I hope to see many of you on the water.