GERMANIA NOVA MAKES MEMORABLE RACING DEBUT
The Superyacht Cup is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe and the second largest event on the global superyacht racing calendar. With warm early summer temperatures and reliable sea breezes, the Bay of Palma offers idyllic racing conditions. This regatta is a favorite of yacht owners, friends, captains and crew who visit Palma de Mallorca annually in June for the four-day gathering. The 2016 Superyacht Cup was particularly historic having reached its 20th edition; this year the event welcomed three stunning classic schooners to the 22-strong fleet.
For the gaff-rigged schooner GERMANIA NOVA, the largest yacht in the regatta at nearly 60-meter (she currently is for sale and charter with Northrop & Johnson), the Superyacht Cup marked her first race outing since her launch in 2011. The question was: could she live up to the outstanding racing history left by her predecessor, the famous GERMANIA of 1908, of which the current yacht is a stunning recreation.
That original GERMANIA was built for Dr. Gustav Krupp. She won the 1908 Cowes Week and was victorious at numerous other regattas except — for obvious reasons — when competing against Kaiser Wilhelm's yacht METEOR. In 1912, the original GERMANIA competed in 19 regattas, winning 10 and coming second three times. Her racing career ended with the outbreak of World War I. In 1930, she sunk in a storm off Key Biscayne when her anchor dragged.
GERMANIA NOVA typically cruises with a crew of 12 thanks greatly to her almost-invisibly integrated modern systems, such as hydraulic sail handling, which did not feature on the original. However, in preparation for her racing debut, and to achieve her full potential, the number of crew was increased to 33. After just two days of training the crew had jelled and GERMANIA NOVA was sailing like never before.
The day before the regatta started in earnest, there came an opportunity for the crew to test their skills in the company of other yachts. Not just any yachts, but against those in the Big Class Day Sail. This was an incredibly special event that will be remembered for years to come when eight classic and recreation schooners sailed the Bay of Palma together.
When finally the time came to race for real, GERMANIA NOVA and her crew did themselves proud. Although always placed third on corrected time, their position on the water improved daily from third to second and then to first on day three. All the while GERMANIA NOVA’s breathtaking elegance captured the hearts of all who saw her.
During the Superyacht Cup, whilst establishing her racing abilities for the first time, GERMANIA NOVA confirmed her already well-proven ability to be a superb host. Guests were welcomed on board to experience the action first hand during each day of racing and owners and captains from a number of the yachts competing came to enjoy an evening cocktail reception. Then, to salute her line honors on the final day, the crews from MARIETTE and NAEMA, two other classic schooners, joined the crew of GERMANIA NOVA on board for celebratory drinks and canapés.
The regatta now over, GERMANIA NOVA can confidently claim to have proven her racing potential, an affirmation that surely strengthens the yacht’s appeal to any potential new owner or charterer. It adds to her already established success as a charter yacht and the fact that with ownership comes inclusion into The Big Class, one of the most select groups of truly magnificent yachts afloat.
For more information regarding the sale or charter of GERMANIA NOVA, please contact Sales Broker John Solomon at John.Solomon@northropandjohnson.com; +33 6 63 54 79 37 or Sales Broker Michael Nethersole at Michael.Nethersole@northropandjohnson.com; +1 954 648 1250.
The regatta now over, GERMANIA NOVA can confidently claim to have proven her racing potential.