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The Superyacht Cup: An Exciting Fleet of Competitive Superyachts Ready to Race in Palma - The 26m K&M Yacht Builders built S/Y Tulip,
As the teams of all 21 competitors are ticking off the last few things on their to-do-list the stage seems set for some spectacular racing. And with boats like the cool and uncluttered 30m Wally Open Season and the new carbon racer-cruiser Win Win running around the racecourse the stakes are set high this year. Newly reinforced Open Season claimed class first not only at the Gaastra Palma Vela, but also at the Menorca Maxi last month. Also two of the 2014 class winners are back to defend their title among the race-hungry superyachts whom currently still sit patiently side by side, finely tuned for the next three thrilling days ahead. Last year's class one winner, the 46m Vitters built Ganesha has recently won the Dubois Cup as well as take second at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta this month, which proves she'll be a force to be reckoned with on the race course.

And although there will be a high number of carbon-rigged racers and sleek and slippery sail yachts flying around the Bay of Palma don't be fooled by yachts like the 24m Claasen built Heartbeat as behind her traditional lines and classic look hide a winner. Drawn up by Hoek Yacht Design, and the smallest of the fleet, she came out on top of her class during the previous edition and took overall victory the year before. Also the 26m Frers designed Tulip is an undercover speed machine, who combines her retro superstructure with an ice blue carbon rig and impressive performance and maneuverability.

In addition to this we'll be able to see two brand new boats: the 25m Maegan and the 26m Guardian Angel. Maegan made her regatta debut in Porto Cervo this month and for Guardian Angel this will be her very first outing on a race course. Both yachts built by Oyster and designed by Humphreys Yacht Design will be keen to show off their sailing prowess from tomorrow.

Besides newbie boats the fleet include plenty of Cup veterans, like Royal Huisman's 40m Maria Cattiva, 2012 winner no less. This will be her 5th consecutive SYCup. The beautiful 34m Highland Breeze will also be making her 5th successive appearance.

Except for the tight racing in the next days ahead expect a fun filled social programme with lots of parties playing out on and outside the SYC dock like Thursday's Paella & Pacha party which boasts a glittery disco theme or the more private owners' dinner hosted by the stunning St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca tucked in between the Tramuntana mountains and Palma's sparkly, blue Bay.

The varied programme of social events kicks off this evening with a Welcome Cocktail Party at the Regatta Bar.

The fleet will sail three coastal courses over Thursday, Friday and Saturday and racing is scheduled to start at 13.00 tomorrow.

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