Competition is on the cards as the Superyacht Cup Palma welcomes exciting new Performance Class entries

Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Magic Carpet3 finalising plans to race new SYC Performance Class

The competition is heating up for the 2020 Superyacht Cup Palma as two more highly impressive entries line-up to play their part in Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta.

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WallyCento Magic Carpet3 plans to join the action in the new SYC Performance Class
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State-of-the-art performance cruiser Ghost, built by SYC Silver partner Vitters, returns
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The Owners’ Dinner at the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is an SYC highlight

The competitive WallyCento Magic Carpet3 and state-of-the-art performance cruiser Ghost are finalising their plans to join the fleet when racing starts in June at the home of superyacht sailing in the Mediterranean.

Both will add their names to the growing roster which already includes the Baltic Yachts superketch Hetairos and Swan 90S Freya.

Like Freya, the 30.47m Magic Carpet3 was attracted to what will be the 24th edition of Superyacht Cup Palma by the prospect of ultra-competitive fleet racing offered by the new Performance Class.

“We have taken part in several Palma Vela regattas so we are very familiar with the fantastic sailing conditions on offer out in Palma Bay, and we are excited and looking forward to what will be our first Superyacht Cup Palma appearance,” said Magic Carpet3’s captain Danny Gallichan.

“In particular the new Performance Class was a big factor for us, with the fleet racing starts and the high-intensity racing that goes along with it,” he added. “It will be a great event for the owner and the whole crew to test themselves in what is sure to be a competitive setting.”

Launched in 2013 and well campaigned ever since, the Reichel Pugh designed Magic Carpet3 comes to the SYC with a winning track record, not least a Performance Class victory at the 2019 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, last June.

Meanwhile the Luca Brenta designed Ghost has been turning heads since her launch in 2005, and her modern, timeless style continues to do so. Her return to SYC for the first time since 2007 will mark her new owner’s first regatta at the helm.

The stylish 37m silver machine was built by Vitters and will be flying the flag for the Dutch shipyard who have joined the Superyacht Cup Palma as a Silver Partner having recently opened a Vitters Service facility in Palma.

Also joining the impressive list of SYC sponsor supporters as a Silver Partner is A+T Instruments, the top-level yacht instrument and navigation system innovator which was co-founded by SYC regular Hugh Agnew.

Meanwhile Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, another long-term Silver Partner supporter and sponsor of the Thursday Race Day, has again renewed its relationship with Superyacht Cup Palma.

Vitters Service, A+T Instruments and Pantaenius join Astilleros de Mallorca, Evolution Sails, Gottifredi Maffioli, Rondal, RSB Rigging and Marinepool as Silver Partners.

SYC’s Preferred Hotel Partner the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, the host of the legendary Owners’ Dinner, is another returning supporter.

“It is always a great pleasure to welcome newcomers to the Superyacht Cup Palma, as well as greeting old friends, and that applies to both our sailing entries and sponsor supporters,” said SYC Event Director Kate Branagh.

“This year will be no exception and the sense of excitement is growing as the countdown has well and truly begun to our 24th edition.”

Registration is open for The Superyacht Cup Palma which will run from June 17 to 20, 2020, with the Notice of Race now available, here: https://www.thesuperyachtcup.com/en/sailing-documents

The regatta gets underway with the Captains Briefing on Wednesday 17 June followed by the Welcome Cocktail Party, the first event of a full and varied social programme centred on the vibrant Race Village which is located in the heart of Palma.

Photos: Sailing Energy/Superyacht Cup, Stuart Pearce and Maria Muina