This annual event, which welcomes Oyster Yachts of all sizes, is now in its 44th edition.
Considered one of the highlights of the sailing calendar for many Oyster owners and a perfect ending to the summer season in the Mediterranean, it certainly didn’t disappoint. The racing was split between bay racing ‘around the cans’, and coastal racing along the beautiful southern Mallorcan coastline to give the fleet a variety of sailing and scenery to enjoy.
In Class 1 it was 885-01 Lush who came out on top overall as Richard Hadida, owner and CEO of Oyster Yachts, dominated the largest of the four classes competing.
Paul Adamson, who skippered Lush and is Oyster’s CCO, commented: “We’ve had an absolute blast across the three days of racing. There has been some tremendous racing, and we have enjoyed a real mix of conditions from champagne sailing on day one to rain and tricky conditions on the final day of the regatta.”
The first two short races around the cans in the bay of Palma on day one was fantastic! The first race was 18 miles long, the second race 12 miles long with a good solid 20-25 knots of breeze and sunshine. Class 1 had six 80 ft boats racing which is a first at an Oyster regatta and it provided fierce competition across all four races.”
Adamson continued: “The Passage Races from Palma to Andratx on day two and then back to Palma on day three are exactly what Oysters are designed to do – sail long distances through bluewater.”
In Class 2, 655-15 Blow from Denmark demonstrated their skill across the three days to claim the overall event victory ahead of 675-03 Chione. 625-08 Peregrine Falcon took event honours in Class 3 after a close battle with rival 625-06 Papillon, whilst one of the newest models in the regatta, 595-06 Mastegot, delivered an exceptional performance in her inaugural event to claim the crown in Class 4.
Millie Bolingbroke, Client Experience Lead at Oyster Yachts, added: “The range of Oyster Yachts and crews taking part this year has been wonderful to see, and just shows the spirit of Oyster Regattas and the chance to come together as the Oyster ‘family’. The atmosphere both on and off the water was amazing and it was fantastic to see the Oyster family back together once again enjoying themselves.”
Lewmar, Yanmar, Dolphin Sails and Hall Spars were the official Regatta partners for 2022 and were at the event supporting owners on the dock and onboard during races with their service teams. The Oyster Palma Regatta, was for the third time, run as a Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta, with competitors and organisers working closely with the RCNP to minimise the impact of the event on the environment.
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