By Photograph © J Class/Claire Matches, 06/24/2018
A dramatic day on Palma Bay saw the final outcome of the 22nd Superyacht Cup hanging in the balance until the final moments of competition.
Once the spray had settled at the end of the deciding race the overall trophy went narrowly – but deservedly – to the J Class yacht stalwart Velsheda after an inspiring performance over the three days of Europe's largest and longest-running superyacht regatta.
The venerable Velsheda, built in 1933 and since lovingly restored and regularly optimised, took two wins from three races in Class B to finish level on overall points with the superketch Mari-Cha III, taking the class and the overall Superyacht Cup title on countback.
By Photograph © J Class/Claire Matches, 06/23/2018
The Superyacht Cup Palma’s J Class competitors produced the closest finish across the entire fleet as a shot of extra breeze set Palma Bay alive.
Any early concerns over the wind evaporated as Palma’s ever reliable sea breeze kicked in to send the 16-strong fleet off to a flying start in a steady 10 to 15 knots.
Renewing their now three-day old tussle, Svea and Velsheda were again unique in the staggered Superyacht Cup starting sequence in sharing a line, with Svea taking a narrow advantage for the second day in succession as the gun sounded.