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2020 Winter Update

December 2020

dingtuna-lillhärad singel kvinna SUPERYACHT RACING IS BACK! Optimism on the rise following a lengthy hiatus from racing

It is safe to say we are all eager to close out the unprecedented ‘pause’ in superyacht racing that began just after the Superyacht Challenge Antigua last March. As you know from our summer correspondence, the decision was made to pause most SYRA activities during this time frame until we were certain that regattas were back in play.

Having communicated with all of the event organizers, we are very pleased to report that the full slate of eight superyacht regattas is on for 2021 (2021 Calendar). The recent news regarding the imminent deployment of multiple COVID-19 vaccines in Europe and the United States is very encouraging and bodes well for ending this dreadful pandemic next year.

Everyone’s top priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of loved ones and associates of course. And this coming winter and early spring will present unique challenges to organizers as vaccine distribution will be limited in the winter months and recipients will be prioritized appropriately.

Our friends in New Zealand continue to have stringent quarantine policies in place. As such, it is expected that the fleets for the Millennium Cup (15-18 Feb) and Mastercard Superyacht Regatta (24-27 Mar) will be modest in size, limited to those yachts currently in the Pacific. None the less, both organizers are excited about hosting great regattas just prior to and during the America’s Cup racing.

The planning is well underway for the two March Caribbean events with renewed interest by yacht owners in recent weeks. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua and St Barths Bucket are both revising shoreside components of their respective events to be in compliance with local health officials and to ensure that the safety of participants remains the top priority. The 25th Superyacht Cup Palma and the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda later in June anticipate having their Notices of Race ready for distribution soon..

The SYRA is beginning to reengage with membership to address the priority issues that were tabled during the recent pause. We look forward to working with event organizers, the superyacht industry and captains as we refocus on the mission of the association and go about providing superyacht owners with the events and racing they so enjoy.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with any questions or concerns.

With kind regards,


Peter Craig
Executive Director
SuperYacht Racing Association
+1 781-639-9501
Skype: petercraig.pri

2020 Annual General Meeting

A virtual 2020 Annual General Meeting was held and documents are Weiden posted here.

Important ORCsy Updates for the 2020 Racing Season

SYRA Note Regarding ORCsy Sail Changes (pdf)
ORCsy 2019 Update (pdf)

2019 Notes

Productive AGM and committee meetings for the SYRA

It has been an exciting and eventful few months for superyacht racing with the three largest 2019 regattas now in the books.

The St Barths Bucket enjoyed near ideal conditions that produced six worthy pursuit class winners. The debut of the Bucket Owner/Driver award proved popular and this marked the 3rd consecutive year of Corinthian Spirit Class racing in St Barths.

The 12th Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta featured Performance and Cruising classes with the former having a staggered start format on the first day followed by conventional fleet starts for the remainder of the week. The Superyacht Cup Palma, the longest running superyacht regatta in the Med, produced three worthy class winners just last week.

The SYRA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in St Barths was well attended with members contributing many constructive ideas and feedback on the current challenges to superyacht racing. The minutes, agenda and exhibits are posted on our Member Meetings page. The SYRA also held three productive committee meetings during the Bucket – Fair Racing/Handicapping, Superyacht Racing Rules and Fleet Building.

We value and enjoy interacting with our members on site at the various regattas and hope that you will
take advantage of both planned and informal meetings in the future. A positive outcome of the Fair Racing meeting was the formation of a Working Party to assess the accounting of sails in the ORCsy rating rule and make recommendations to the ORC. There were follow-on meetings during the Loro Piana regatta. Details on this important issue are posted in the Fair Racing section.

I am pleased to share the very good news that Newport’s mid-summer Candy Store Cup is back following a 1-year hiatus. And there will likely to be a superyacht class again at the September Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup at the YCCS.

I look forward to seeing and hearing from members during the remainder of the 2019 superyacht regatta circuit. At any time, if you have questions or feedback, please do reach out:

Peter Craig
SYRA Executive Director

Read more on the SYRA News page.