Rose Climbs the Heights to Win Superyacht Cup Palma 2023

Rose Climbs the Heights to Win Superyacht Cup Palma 2023
Wally Yacht Rose - Superyacht Cup Palma 2023 © Sailing Energy

Three days of inspiring racing at Superyacht Cup Palma 2023 concluded today with the 24m Farr-designed Rose becoming the first Wally Yacht to win Europe's longest-running superyacht regatta.

The St. Regis Race Day finale delivered another instalment of the excellent race conditions that the Bay of Palma is famed for, with 10 to 12 knots of wind and bright sunshine.

Class B

With two wins in Class B already on account, Rose began the final day in pole position and was able to claim a third race victory — but only by five seconds on corrected time in front of the well sailed Swan 100 Onyx, who finished second in class.

Team of Wally Yacht Rose © Sailing Energy
Team of Wally Yacht Rose © Sailing Energy

Speaking at the celebratory Prize-Giving on the terrace of the Real Club Náutico de Palma Rose's tactician Jesper Radich said: "This year was amazing for us — at times it was difficult but by the end we had super conditions. It was windy, it was sunny, it was shifty, so not a straightforward course and you really had to make decisions on every leg.

"So really challenging and we came out on the winning side. Today we only won by five seconds, and it doesn't get any closer than that after two hours of racing. I've done a lot of match racing and that was what it was like out there, a lot of fun."

Class A

Meanwhile, in a similarly closely contested Class A the venerable and elegant J Class classic Velsheda claimed victory with two race wins, finishing a point ahead of her J Class rival Svea, who posted a 2-2-2 scoreline. Both were clear of the modern 33m Ribelle — who won day 2 — and her Malcolm McKeon-designed Vitters Yard stablemate Pattoo.

J Class classic Velsheda © Sailing Energy
J Class classic Velsheda © Sailing Energy

"We have just come out of a major refit, so it was great to be here, one hundred percent," said skipper Barney Henshaw-Depledge.

"We had a good first day and then the second was more painful as we were OCS, but today I guess we got lucky. We have had ups and downs in Palma but it's great and the conditions are so good. It's been great."

Superyacht Cup Palma 2024

Announcing that Superyacht Cup Palma 2024 will be held between June 19 to 22 next year, and reflecting on this year's 27th annual celebration of sail, SYC Event Director Kate Branagh said: "We have had a fabulous few days with fantastic racing and great weather, and everyone has enjoyed it. It's been terrific to again welcome boats back to Palma and we are looking forward to seeing them again next year."

Branagh also repeated her gratitude for the support of long-running partners such as Preferred Hotel Partner St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Destination Partner New Zealand, and Official Timepiece Jaquet Droz.

The Superyacht Cup Palma, established in 1996, is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe. The annual event attracts some of the world’s largest and most prestigious sailing yachts, along with owners and guests, to the beautiful island of Mallorca for a spectacular festival of sailing.

The Superyacht Cup combines professionally managed yacht racing in reliable sea breeze conditions on the Bay with a relaxed and fun atmosphere at the heart of historic Palma, home to Mediterranean superyachting. The event also provides a private and informal social environment for networking at the Yacht Club Race Village that becomes the focal point for owners, guests, sponsors and sailors after racing. The exclusive Real Club Náutico de Palma was chosen as the venue for the 25th anniversary of the Superyacht Cup in 2020 and remains the event's new home.