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New superyacht race Ibiza JoySail rounds off successful second edition and announces 2023 dates

The new superyacht race Ibiza JoySail rounded off its second edition on 25 September with the participation of eleven yachts between 24 and 47 metres LOA, a whole host of amazing memories, anecdotes and good sensations, and with all the crews hankering to come back for the third edition next year. This race, which in just one year has tripled the number of yachts competing, has already announced its dates for 2023 -28 September to 1 October- and has all the signs of becoming a key event in the international superyacht racing calendar.

The programme offered by Ibiza JoySail is simply unbeatable as it's an end-of-season race where owners and guests enjoy a perfect format that fuses the thrill of competition racing between Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera with an outstanding social calendar once shoreside at Marina Ibiza.

Each day's races are designed so that each yacht can offer her best performance, regardless of category. The first day features an offshore race between Mallorca and Ibiza, where the yachts compete to beat a record and bring home the perpetual trophy.

On the remaining three days of the event, races take place around the heavenly seascapes of the islands of Ibiza and Formentera. A marvel of coasts and magical places that make the competition even more fascinating.

And when you add the social programme to the sailing programme, you get the perfect superyacht event. When they arrive ashore, the teams can unwind at a spectacular sailing lounge where owners and crew socialise together and create the Ibiza JoySail racing community, which is one the major goals of this event. 


Setting off from STP Shipyard Palma in Palma de Mallorca, the eleven yachts (All Smoke, Bella II, Bliss, Champagne Hippy, Dark Horse, Hyperion, Makai, Miss Shell, Moat, Sapma & Windrose of Amsterdam) headed to Marina Ibiza on a crossing that saw the record set by Moat, a stunning 35-metre Swan 115.

Over the next three days, the boats enjoyed coastal races with routes mapped out by an expert race committee, led by the prestigious sailor Nacho Postigo. With winds of up to twenty knots accompanied by some rain, the contenders sailed in all different directions and conditions.

Each afternoon when they arrived at the marina, a different event was awaiting them so that owners, crew and guests could enjoy fun-filled dinners together, truly showcasing the camaraderie and friendship between the teams.


The fourth and final day of Ibiza JoySail was dedicated to a trophy-giving ceremony hosted by Javier Cid, Harbourmaster at Marina Ibiza, and Desiré Ruiz-Mostazo, Councillor of Tourism and Commerce at Ibiza Town Council. The overall results were:

Perpetual Trophy Mallorca to Ibiza record: Moat (Swan 115)

Performance Category

1st prize: Moat (Swan 115)

2nd prize: All Smoke (Southern Wind RP90)

3rd prize: Sapma (Swan 80)

World Cruising Category

1st prize: Hyperion (Frers 155)

2nd prize: Windrose of Amsterdam (Dykstra 152)

3rd prize: Bliss (YD 120)

Corinthian Division Winner: Sapma (Swan 80)

Other special trophies:

Rupert Savage, Director of the Global Yachting Group and representing Pinmar Yacht Supply, also took part in the trophy-giving ceremony, handing a €500 cheque to Moat as winner of the Perpetual Trophy.

What's more, Ed Danby, Director of Marine Results, presented the prize of a mast inspection and detailed report worth €2,000 to Moat as the winner of the Performance Category and Sapma as the winner of the Corinthian Division.

"Spirit of Swan" – Dark Horse (Swan 80). Delivered by Oscar Ibáñez, CEO of Nautor's Swan Global Service. 

"Best Qualified Y Yacht" – Bella (Y9 90). Delivered by Michael Schmidt, owner of the German shipyard Y Yachts.


Both STP Shipyard and Marina Ibiza, as the founders of Ibiza JoySail, would like to acknowledge the huge support given by the Royal Yacht Club of Ibiza and the Royal Yacht Club of Palma, who played a key role on the race committee by helping map out the ideal racecourses so that all the yachts could perform to the max.

What's more, the competition was held under the rules of the SYRA (Superyacht Racing Association) and the ORC, which was responsible for issuing the rating certificates to make sure that the competition was fair regardless of each yacht's length and - above all - safe for all the yachts and crews.

Meanwhile, the Council of Ibiza and Ibiza Town Council eagerly lent their support as ambassadors of the magical and one-of-a-kind destination of Ibiza and Formentera. 

Also present throughout the race were other sponsors and partners who, thanks to their support, helped guarantee another successful edition of Ibiza JoySail: Pinmar Yacht Supply, Marine Results Yacht Moving, Varadero Ibiza, Roto Club, Code Zero and Repsol. 


Ibiza JoySail is already preparing its next race with the same enthusiasm as this year, with the dates having been announced as 28 September to 1 October 2023.

This season's participants are already confirming their attendance and many others are expected to join this family of friends in a race that promises to be a true benchmark on the international superyacht racing calendar. 

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