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High Expectations for 2019

2019 superyacht racing is off to an exciting start with more great competition ahead. January was highlighted by two successful regattas – the 9th annual Superyacht Challenge Antigua and Auckland’s Millennium Cup. Down under participation should jump significantly in 2020/21 with the America’s Cup expected to attract a meaningful superyacht fleet. A robust Bucket regatta promises terrific class racing in St Barths in March and early tallies from the Med are pointing to fleet gains at both the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and the Palma Superyacht Cup in June.

The SYRA Superyacht Racing Rules and Fair Sailing committees had a productive fall and winter.
Afterguard members are advised to familiarize themselves with the changes to the Appendix SY. The
applicable Case Studies and the 2019 appendix are certainly worth checking out.
Fleet Building should be in everyone’s interest – organizers, yacht owners, the superyacht industry and
professional sailors. Working together, we can grow superyacht racing by attracting new owners and
retaining current participants. The Corinthian Spirit Class initiative has legs as evidenced by the 8-yacht
class at the 2018 Perini Navi Cup, a class debut in Palma, and a third consecutive class at the 2019 St
Barths Bucket. The SYRA’s Fleet Building Committee will meet in St Barths to consider other initiatives.
The SYRA and the ORC collaboration continues as a high priority. We are committed to continuous
refinement of the rule and VPP. We are confident that the 5th edition of the ORCsy will provide even closer
racing than in previous years.

The latest edition of the ‘SYRA Newsletter’ was emailed to members in early February and is posted here.
We welcome your feedback as we produce what is designed to be an informative and interesting update
for all those involved in superyacht racing.

The 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held in St Barths on Wednesday before the start of the Bucket.
The agenda, exhibits and minutes will be posted on the Member Meetings Page of the website in the
weeks prior to the AGM. The topics outlined in the AGM agenda and supporting material in the various
exhibits will provide a meaningful summary of the issues and discussion items for the SYRA in the near

The core mission, first crafted in May of 2011 has been refined periodically and remains most relevant
today. The association will continue to focus on this mission, with more SYRA members participating in
discussions and contributing through the committees and working groups.

I look forward to seeing and hearing from our members during the 2019 regatta circuit. If you have any
questions or feedback, please reach out: peter@superyra.org.

Peter Craig
SYRA Executive Director