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2017 Palma Superyacht Cup won by 32m Bolero


The 21st edition of the Palma Superyacht Cup, one of the main regattas for sailing superyachts and the longest running regatta of its kind in Europe, came to an end after three exciting days of competitive racing.

The 32-metre Frers-designed Bolero, who won two up to three races both on Thursday and on Friday, was awarded overall winner of the 2017 Palma Superyacht Cup.

Competition was tough, with a highly qualified fleet which included several Superyacht Cup regulars such as Saudade and WinWin, the 27.5-metre Atalante 1 and the 39-metre Atalante, both built by Hoek and Claasen, as well as some new attendees, such as the carbon-built racer Ribelle, built by Vitters.

Saudade’s tactician and Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Bouwe Bekking commented: “the conditions are always superb, here you have guaranteed breeze. It’s really nice to come racing over here. It’s what the owners want and it’s what we want, as you’re guaranteed to go racing.”

Yacht owners and race crew could enjoy the Pendennis Paddleboard Challenge as well as the lively happy-hours sponsored by North Sails and Southern Spars which continued long after the day’s winners had been announced. Highlights this year were of course the annual SYC Dock Party and the Owners’ Mid-Summer BBQ at the stunning St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca.

Bouwe Bekking summarized the overall atmosphere of this year’s Palma Superyacht Cup by saying: “It’s a really relaxed regatta. After racing there’s a very nice ambiance on the dock, the atmosphere is really laid-back and everyone has a really good time.”