Time to upsize?
What do Open Season, Highland Fling, Magic Carpet3, My Song and, in the near future, Tango, all have in common? Their experienced owners have all recently upgraded to larger, faster, more performance-oriented craft.
Loro Piana’s seasoned Cookson 84, My Song, enjoyed perhaps her final competitive outing in style, winning the Maxi racer-cruiser class before making way for her owner’s new build. The replacement is the dark blue Reichelpugh all-carbon 130-footer that recently launched from Baltic Yachts, which was berthed in Porto Cervo and looked every inch the new generation of performance superyachting. No-one walked past that boat without stopping and staring.
Many owners are upgrading to larger, faster craft and with the number of owner-drivers so high, this is a highly competitive area. Open Season’s Thomas Bscher expects another ten boats to race at Porto Cervo next year. “We’ve had one of the best events I can remember because finally the big boats came back,” he says. “There will be more growth in the fleet over the next couple of years. Today you can have a 120-footer that is as nimble as a 100-footer ten years ago.”