The Superyacht Cup is a strange event. Imagine the Formula 1 Paddock racing their hospitality units or a motor-race that pitted a Rolls Royce against a Maybach. Nevertheless, the 2010 event in Palma has attracted 24 yachts and some sponsorship…
[cleeng_content id=”861507041″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]Watches and sailing just go together. You’re not a sailing event or team if you don’t have a watch sponsor, and this week, the Superyacht Cup have announced that Cuervo y Sobrinos will be the timepiece of choice for the event. Marzio Villa, CEO of Cuervo y Sobrinos said:
“We are delighted to be involved with The Superyacht Cup. The design and performance credentials so essential in our unique range of watches are reflected in the elegance and style of these amazing yachts. We are very much looking forward to supporting this special regatta in Palma.”
MedAire has also confirmed sponsorship this week at the silver level. For 25 years, the company has provided medical training, onboard medical kits and remote medical care to crew and guests on yachts, business jets and airlines via its 24/7 MedLink hotline. MedAire’s yachting team will exhibit at the SYC to explain the importance of having a medical solutions provider – particularly for competitive sailors and remote ships at sea.
The participating yachts in this year’s Superyacht Cup are, as usual, a wide range of sizes, designs and styles, each having been custom-built to suit owners’ individual requirements and desires. Of the fleet, 14 yachts have taken part in previous Superyacht Cup events while 10 are newcomers.
The very latest is Singularity. At 24.5 metres (80-feet) with a maximum beam of 5.33m (17.49-feet), the Lutra 80 Singularity is a slender thoroughbred, conceived with performance and luxury in mind. Her starting premise was to go fast in comfort.
Her conception at McConaghy’s in Sydney left no doubt that speed was of the essence – of her 24.5 tonnes, only 1.5 tonnes was given over to the internal fit-out.
McConaghy was selected as the builder early in the project. Its record of producing clean fast racing yachts, such as Alfa Romeo II and Wild Oats XI, has given the yard an enviable reputation in the racing world. Singularity, though, was the yard’s first true performance cruiser commission. The team at McConaghy led by Jono Morris helped Dutch Naval Architect, Adrian Konyendyk of Lutra Yacht Design, and the Owner’s Representative, Oleg Gulinskiy, a Muscovite, put together an international task force of experts all of whom have contributed massively to maintaining the integrity of the project.
Following her build completion in February of this year, Singularity underwent an extended period of sea-trials, specifically aimed at proving the theory that she would be fast. Singularity’s boat captain, Andrew Jackson, was joined on the mission to put the yacht through an exhausting examination by round the world racer Bouwe Bekking, the yacht’s racing skipper, and, Alistair Pratt from North Sails Australia, coordinator of the inventory.
All three have been delighted with the results. That no major adjustments to the inventory resulted suggests the preliminary work was a singular success.
Singularity is not just a one-off; she has been developed with repetition in mind![/cleeng_content]