THE LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA 2020 – A Celebration Of Sailing And The Superyacht Lifestyle.
The Mediterranean Superyacht Racing Season will officially open June 2nd – 6th 2020 for the 13th edition of The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta organised by The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, strictly by Invite Only. This private superyacht event is an established fixture on the superyacht racing calendar for superyacht owners their family and friends. Sailors enjoy competitive racing through the beautiful Italian islands of La Maddalena archipelago coupled with an intoxicating social scene and glamorous yachting lifestyle.
Latest entries show Sardinia is still a firm favourite with superyacht owners serious about sailing. The new format will have 4-days scheduled racing on Wednesday 3rd Thursday 4th Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June.
The fleet is forming, and the latest entries include significant names in sailing:
M5 78 Metres – Formally Mirabella V, she was originally built for Joseph Vittoria, the former CEO of Avis Rent-A-Car. At the time of her launch in 2004 she broke a number of records. Designed by Ron Holland and built by VT Shipbuilding at 75 metres in length she was the World’s largest composite yacht with an 89-metre rig. Under new ownership since 2012 M5 has undergone a series of extensive refits including a change to the shape of the transom and extension of the aft deck to allow her to carry the owner’s Carbon Cub seaplane. M5 is now 77.6 metres. We are looking forward to seeing her powered up down Bomb Alley.
MISSY 33 Metres – This beautiful sloop is the result of a dream collaboration between Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design and Vitters Shipyard with an interior by Design Unlimited. This will be her first-time racing in Sardinia.
INOUI: 33 Metres The dynamic green sloop is raced by a serious yachtsman and regatta goer. Designed by Philippe Briand Yacht Design and Green Marine/Vitters we expect to see some close and competitive racing from her.
WALLY YACHTS will have a fleet racing at The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta including 28 metre MAGIC BLUE and 30.5 metre MAGIC CARPET 3 designed by Reichel Pugh YD.
SOUTHERN WIND YACHTS expect a strong turnout of pocket rocket sailing yachts including 32 metre KIKIBO TRES designed by Reichel Pugh YD and 25 metre GRANDE ORAZIO .
By night a glamorous party program of special events brings like-minded friends together in the exclusive corner of Porto Cervo. Guests enjoy poolside Welcome Cocktails at The Yacht Club, The Loro Piana Owners’ Dinner with live entertainment, After Race Drinks in the Piazza Azzurra and a Sunset Party at Molo A. Frocks and rocks required.
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is the yacht club founded in 1967 HH The Aga Khan whose daughter Princess Zahra Aga Khan is now President of the Board of Directors.
YCCS organises international sailing regattas, including world championships, for a wide range of boats and has specific experience with superyachts and maxi yachts.
In 2020 YCCS will organize 16 international sailing regattas. Organising high profile sailing events is what YCCS do best and the Race Office is a year-round operation.
Title Sponsor Loro Piana is synonymous with unrivalled luxury. Part of the LVMH group since 2013 the brand represents quality and effortless elegance. A selection of ready-to-wear, accessories and gifts are made in Italy with the finest raw materials available around the world. Loro Piana boasts six generations of experience in the production of top-end textiles and continues to lead the industry in luxury cashmere products. Discreet, elegant and reassuringly expensive, just like your superyacht!
We party with a purpose in Porto Cervo. The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta is organised following the principals of The Charter Smeralda, an ethical code established by The One Ocean Foundation. www.1ocean.org. YCCS organise a Clean Beach Day when participants of the regatta will be invited to live plastic free and clean the beach together.
The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta is an invitational event for superyacht owners to enjoy the best of sailing and the superyacht lifestyle.
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Kawil Kicks Competition To The Curb At The New Zealand Millennium Cup
Kawil took control of the Bay of Islands regatta course at New Zealand Millennium Cup, the first superyacht regatta of 2020 taking place every year in February.
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history, often referred to as “Playground of the Gods”. For us sailors, it’s pure paradise.
“I think you’ve made this event extraordinary,” said the owner of 34-metre Silvertip the local yacht designed by Dubois and built by Yachting Developments, the family led New Zealand shipyard.
“It’s a great privilege to be here” enthused the owner as his superyacht was accompanied to the start line by a pod of dolphins.
It was a small but significant fleet of five superyachts that turned out for this year’s event, loyal and committed to the event. Organisers are ramping up as numbers are forecast to swell significantly in 2021 in conjunction with The America’s Cup and other superyacht events organised by Royal New Zealand Yacht Club. Conservative estimates are forecasting 40 or more superyacht entries, we await what will be a truly spectacular sight on the Bay of Islands waters.
This year competitors onboard the five participating superyachts enjoyed close racing between the silver sloop, Silvertip and the magnificent 54-meter Adele, Hoek Design Naval Architects and built by Vitters Shipyard and 39.7-metre Janice of Wyoming, Dubois design and Alloy build.
But it was Kawil the 33.9-meter Sparkman & Stephens Director built newcomer who read the conditions well, showed slick crew work and strong tactical decisions and took podium and prizes.
With the number of superyachts heading to New Zealand for America’s Cup both motor and sail – NZ Marine Industry NZ Marine Export Group will also host a superyacht fishing competition from 11 – 13th February, before the NZ Millennium Cup 2021 14 – 18 February.
The Millennium Cup New Zealand is the world’s most southerly superyacht regatta and is a must-do race for superyacht owners who like to get off the beaten track. Let’s put it on your bucket-list for 2021.
Photography © Jeff Brown Breed Media