VITTERS YACHTS ARE IN RACE MODE FOR SUMMER REGATTAS
This summer will see Vitters yachts line up to compete in a spread of regattas, from Bermuda to Sardinia.
It’s already been a busy start to the season for Vitters yachts, with both 46metre Ganesha, and 44metre Ningaloo competing in the 2017 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta. The two yachts both raced in Class B, with Ganesha securing second place overall in the division of the regatta, raced from 11-13th March.
Just after the Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta drew to a close, the St Barth’s Bucket took up the mantle, drawing in competitors from both the Vitters and Claasen fleets.
Ganesha and Ningaloo were again among the regatta fleet, and were joined by 46 metre Unfurled for the 15-18 March regatta. Fellow Vitters yacht, Koo secured first place overall in the Les Voiles Blanche class, will Claasen-built Lionheart took third place in the J Class fleet.
Famed for its four days of intense racing on the translucent waters of the La Maddalena archipelago, the regatta regularly draws one of the biggest fleets in superyacht racing.
Inoui comes to the regatta, which starts May 30, after her campaign at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2016 saw her take out a close second placing. The bright green Vitters-built yacht is one to watch, having been awarded the judges’ special award for design and high-quality construction at the 2014 World Superyacht Awards.
We’re also proud to see Ribelle in the fleet as she takes on her first regatta. Her carbon fibre hull and superstructure were built by Green Marine, allowing for a lightweight vessel which displaces just 86 tonnes, and Vitters is excited to see what this brand new launch can do on the course.
In June, both Inoui and Ribelle will turn their bows to Palma to compete alongside a fleet which includes Claasen builds Atalante and Atalante I in the Superyacht Cup Palma. Inoui will be seeking to best her 2016 performance which saw her awarded third place overall in the Class A division.
Hoek-designed Atalante returns to the Superyacht Cup for the second time since her launch in 2015, with her predecessor, 27.5-metre Atalante I also joining the racing, from June 21-24.
On the other side of the Caribbean we’re expecting no less excitement as the America’s Cup gets underway in Bermuda. This year the Cup will be flanked by two superyacht regattas – the America’s Cup J Class Regatta and America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta – which we’re pleased to say will feature a Vitters vessel.
From June 12 to 15, 2017, The America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta will see a fleet of superyachts race in the waters off Bermuda – the second time in America’s Cup history superyachts have been able to take part in the event.
Joining the fleet is Vitter’s new launch, Svea. The 43.6metre is the first J Class yacht we’ve ever built at Vitters and is the longest of the J Class yachts currently on the water. Testing by her designers, Hoek Design Naval Architects, indicates she’ll be very quick on the course, particularly upwind and we can’t wait to see her in her first regatta. She’ll be joined by 35metre, Green Marine build, Sojana, and well-known regatta competitor, Lionheart; built by Claasen Shipyards, among a fleet of 20.
Svea will also take part in the America’s Cup J Class Regatta, taking place on the 16, 19 and 20 June 2017. Only ten J Class yachts were ever built and this famous class set the standard for America’s Cup racing; battling for the Cup through the 1930s. Of the eight J Class yachts expected in Bermuda, seven are anticipated to race making this the first time in history seven J Class yachts have raced against each other.