Strong Sea Breeze for Superyacht Cup Palma Opener

Palma, Mallorca 21 June 2012 – The 12-strong fleet at the 2012 Superyacht Cup Palma was graced with clear blue skies and a healthy 15-20 knot breeze today for Race Day 1 of the regatta sponsored by event partner Pantaenius.
The fleet was split into two classes to shorten the start sequence, the 35m Hoek designed Firefly having the best start of the day just 1 second off their allocated start time, crossing the line at full speed.
The two classes separated after the start with Class 1 given a slightly longer course for the faster boats.  The fleet merged back together mid race at the most southerly part of the course off Isla de Sech confidently led by the 30m Hoek designed Reesle ahead of the chasing pack Ithaka (27m Jongert), Highland Breeze (34m Frers/ Nautor Swan), Maria Cattiva (40m Bruce King/Royal Huisman) and Atalante (27m Hoek/Claasen Jachtbouw) within a few minutes of each other.
Reesle and Highland Breeze were able to hold their positions to cross the line in first and second place and win their respective classes.
Ashore, celebrations continued well into the evening with well-deserved refreshments against the backdrop of tonight’s ‘Dock Olympics’ themed party and live music.
The weather forecast for tomorrow’s race promises similar conditions with clear skies ahead for the weekend.
Results – Day 1, 21 June 2012
CLASS 1
1.     Highland Breeze
2.     Ivanka
3.     Ganesha
4.     Scorpione dei Mare
5.     Firefly
6.     Saudade
Class 2
1.     Reesle
2.     This is Us
3.     Ithaka
4.     Maria Cattiva
5.     Atalante
6.     Drumfire