09 June 2021
Following four days of competition, Missy and Highland Fling XVII have been declared winners of the 14th Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organised by Sardinia’s Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and title sponsor Loro Piana.
In the Superyacht Division, the 33-metre Missy clinched all four races for a perfect record during this year’s regatta. Second place overall went to the Swan 115 Shamanna, which placed fourth in the last race, while third went to the Wally Y3K, owned by Claus-Peter Offen. Y3K also placed second on the final day of racing.
“We’re very happy; the determination from the boss, from the crew, to come back here after being away for so long was remarkable. We’re overjoyed,” said Missy tactician Matthew Humphries.
“We just wanted to come here and hit the ground running, picking up from where we left off in the last superyacht race we did a year and a half ago. We’ve enjoyed Porto Cervo a lot, and I’m sure we’ll be back.”
In the Multihull Division, the leader of the final day of racing was also the overall winner – the Gunboat 68 Highland Fling XVII. Second place overall went to the HH66 R-Six, who was only one point ahead of today’s second-placed Allegra, who finished overall in third.
“A fantastic week, I’m really pleased that the YCCS brought in the multihulls at the Loro Piana; a welcome change. These are showing to be fantastic boats,” added Highland Fling XVII’s tactician Cameron Appleton.
“We had some really close racing, especially with the Allegra team. A perfect week – four great days of sailing.
“The team did a phenomenal job; it’s our first time on this boat, so we had quite a steep learning curve, and we’re now sailing a lot differently. We had a great time; how could you not in Porto Cervo, in this scenery?”
Both the Superyacht and Multihull divisions faced an easterly of 8–10 knots and a course of roughly 15 miles, trailing around the Monaci islet, through the Golfo delle Saline before finishing off at Porto Cervo via the Bisce pass.
The SW94 Aragon, racing in the Superyacht division, was awarded the Southern Wind Trophy following the end of the four-day regatta.
“It was a fantastic four days in terms of the conditions and the racing,” said YCCS Commodore Michael Illbruck on this year’s competition.
“The owners and sailors were really happy to be here, back on the water sailing again; a very positive signal of reopening for everyone.
“My thanks go to the competitors, the race committee, the jury and the entire YCCS staff for contributing to the success of this event.”
For full details of this year’s competition, click here.