Organisers of the Superyacht Cup Palma have confirmed that the 25th anniversary edition of the regatta will go ahead this year.
Racing will take place in the Bay of Palma from June 23-26 and will see the inclusion of a new Superyacht Performance Class on a separate course.
The new class will take place alongside the original Superyacht Class and non-spinnaker Corinthian Superyacht Class, which was first introduced in 2017.
Organisers said they had already received an “encouraging level of interest” from owners and skippers including yachts, such as the 46 metre Ganesha, 30 metre Magic Carpet3 and 40 metre Huckleberry.
“We had a great time at our first ever Superyacht Cup Palma and we have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to repeat the experience,” said Huckleberry captain Carlos Potier.
“This year the event will of course be a bit different, but the sailing weather is reliable and the racing out in Palma Bay is always outstanding, so we are counting the days to the start.”
Organisers have again teamed up with shoreside venue Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP), which will keep some berths free for visiting competitors.
Speaking about the regatta, SYC event director Kate Branagh said: “We know there is a yearning for competitive sailing after what has of course been a challenging time for everyone.
“By keeping the focus out on the water, we know we can meet all local pandemic restrictions, keep owners, skippers, crews and our partners safe, and deliver exciting superyacht racing on what will be our 25th anniversary at the home of Mediterranean superyacht sailing.”
It comes after the 2020 edition of the regatta was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.