Close racing decides overall winners on final day of Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

It may have been the final day of racing at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, but there was a palpable sense of expectation on the dock. Not only were owners of the 20 sailing superyachts, their guests and crews looking forward to another classic day on the water, but also there was all to play for with the victory up for grabs in all classes. [Read more…]

Day two of Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta goes to Bolero and Hanuman

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 day 2 – The Dogs

Day Two of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, organised by Boat International Media and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, dawned with downpour – an inauspicious start after Thursday night’s Loro Piana Owner’s Dinner, where owners and distinguished guests had been entertained on the YCCS Virgin Gorda terrace by New York doo-wop group Acapella Soul.

But the rainclouds soon gave way to a searing sun and a moderate breeze that would offer the 20 sailing superyachts taking part in the racing a real tactical challenge on the day’s custom course. With the wind hovering around eight to 10 knots, the race committee decided to send the fleet on a near-figure of eight loop, first to a laid windward mark, then out to a laid reacher, then past Seal Island and round the Dog Islands before heading back to the finish line. [Read more…]

Salperton and Parsifal III victorious on race day one of Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous – day 1 – Photos by Superyacht Media

The first day of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous, held in the pristine waters of the British Virgin Islands, went with a bang as perfect conditions greeted both the fleet of 20 sailing superyachts and the gaggle of seven motor yachts taking part. The 2013 event is organised by Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

A few high clouds that drifted overhead earlier in the morning soon gave way to blue skies and sun, with a southeasterly breeze that held fairly consistently around 14 knots. “Today should be easy [for the race committee],” said Principal Race Officer Peter Craig, surveying the bay and the yachts moored on the YCCS Virgin Gorda jetty. “We have breeze, so around the island we go.” [Read more…]

YCCS Virgin Gorda welcomes impressive superyacht fleet for 2013 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

The megayacht Lady Christine watches on as the Loro Piana regatta fleet gathers at YCCS Virgin Gorda, BVI.
Photo by Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media

An awe-inspiring regatta fleet of twenty super sailing yachts and seven luxurious motor yachts are berthed in YCCS Marina this evening in preparation for the first day of the racing at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous.

The third edition of the event organised by Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has attracted a record number of sailing yachts in 2013, set to enjoy three days of racing in the idyllic conditions offered by the British Virgin Islands. Stretching more than 30 miles along the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the BVIs are comprised of more than 60 beautiful islands set amid the sheltered, turquoise waters of the central Caribbean Sea, offering some of the most picturesque sailing in the world. [Read more…]

The Sleigh Ride Continues: Day Two Race Update

Close racing during the first night as the two majestic schooners Adela and Athos were virtually ‘side by side’ – Credit: RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

By: Louay Habib

On the first night, there was virtually no let up in the phenomenal pace for the yachts competing in the RORC Caribbean 600. Warm Trade Winds gusting up to 28 knots was the norm. Downwind under spinnaker, the broad reach to the magical island of St.Kitts was spectacular as Andreas Hanakamp on board Class40, Vaquita, explained by satellite phone: [Read more…]