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The Superyacht Cup: 21 Striking Superyachts set to make Waves in Palma, Mallorca - The elegant 30.6m modern classic Gaia
The past few days has seen Mallorca's weather making a swift switch to summer; cloudless, bright blue skies and the thermometers along Palma's Paseo Maritimo consistently show off temperatures of at least 30 degrees. We hope with the rise in Celsius also our blissfully consistent sea-breeze will continue to make a solid appearance as in only seven days we'll be able to feast our eyes on some of the sleekest and fastest super yachts fighting it out in the Bay of Palma during the Superyacht Cup, the 19th edition of this most popular super yacht regatta.

Year on year the SYC attracts the world's best sailing talent and the most incredible sail yachts to battle it out on Palma's glittering, blue Bay. The spectacular 21-strong line-up got complemented only last week with our latest confirmation, the 30,6m Gaia. Classic style yachts always look good on the water, and Gaia we can tell you, is no exception. She took second in class last year so we're excited to see how she'll fare during this year's event. In any case she'll surely make many race crew perching on the rail do a double take on the downwind legs as the depicted image on Gaia's spinnaker is bound to make even the most serious of sailors crack a big smile..

Most of our entrants are already docked inside STP with boats and crews busy gearing up for Thursday's first day of racing. Eight boats of the 2015 fleet have only just returned from Porto Cervo where they competed in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. The 45m Wally Saudade came out victorious in the head-to-head struggle which had roared all week with the 46m Vitters built Ganesha, she had to settle for second. Also the 45m Perini Clan VIII and the 55m classic ketch Marie strived for supremacy with Clan VIII triumphing in third. No doubt both the Vitters built Marie and regatta regular Ganesha are aiming to get even so we'll be able to look forward to part two of their close racing to play out in the Bay of Palma next week.

Although we're still a week away from racing there's already plenty of action taking place on the dock as a small army of 'SuperyachtCuppers' have started the set up of the SYC village. This weekend the SYC crew will commence with the build of our sponsors tents. Gold sponsor Gaastra will be proudly displaying their brand-new cutting edge line of professional sailing gear in the village's largest tent. Following on from kitting out Team Brunel for the Volvo Ocean Race, Gaastra has developed a collection with GORE-TEX and WINDSTOPPER fabric technologies, tried and tested by the boys of Team Brunel. Also for sale will be their new, limited edition, 19th SYC polo collection. During the regatta Gaastra offer SYC competitors ten polo's for the price of nine and a water- repellent bag to boot.

Racing is scheduled to start Thursday the 18th at 13.00

Follow us on Twitter #SYC15 and Facebook (The SuperyachtCup) for real time updates of all the action both on and off the racecourse or to find out more see our event website at The Superyacht Cup Palma.

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