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…]

Dates confirmed for 2013 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

YCCS docks at the 2012 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda have confirmed that the third edition of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous will take place March 20 – 23, 2013 at the YCCS Virgin Gorda.

Racing conditions in the idyllic British Virgin Islands are some of the very best in the world and the event is fast becoming an important fixture on the Caribbean superyacht racing circuit, conveniently scheduled just prior to the St Barths Bucket.

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Nature’s Deck Wash

By Norma Trease

My mother used to say “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The Saint Barths Bucket version of this was heard at the end of today’s very rainy race from Rebecca’s helmsman saying  “well, at least we don’t have to wash down – or chamois!” The other upside of this unseasonable – even cold – rain falling in buckets all day was that it brought wind. Albeit the gusty, the fluky, variable winds we saw proved as much a challenge as an asset. So Day One of the Saint Barths Bucket proved to be very interesting indeed, a dramatic start to an always fascinating racing spectacle. [Read more…]

Race Day 3 Review & Final Results

Photos By Jeff Brown, Superyacht Media, Cory Silken and Ingrid Abery

Written by Tim Thomas, Editor of Boat International

Saturday at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous dawned with the breeze down from the prior days of racing, and for the 13 superyachts taking part, all the prizes were in play. Not only were the J Class Hanuman and 30.5m Wally Indio tied at the top of the leaderboard, but the final fleet standings would be decided in this make-or-break last hurrah. The shorter course piled on the pressure. [Read more…]