S/Y Bequia, a 92-foot (28m) yawl sailing in Class B, was the overall winner of the 2017 Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition raced in late July in Newport, beating three others in its class and 10 others in the regatta.
S/Y Meteor, a 170-foot (52m) schooner, won Class C in a field of four. S/Y Action, a 121-foot (37m) sloop, won Class A by default in a field of three.
The regatta debuted last year as a combination of the Newport Bucket Regatta and Candy Store Cup.
“This is different than any other superyacht regatta in the world,” said Dan Meyers, the Newport/Boston owner and skipper of /Y Meteor. “It’s run by a team of people who know how this is supposed to go; the courses were really well conceived, the classes were really well conceived. They made everything better: the social events are better, the racing is better, the new Thursday-through-Saturday format is better. It’s more fun … more friendly, but they don’t sacrifice on the sailing.”
“I’ve really enjoyed this regatta,” said Ian Walker, tactician aboard S/Y Action. “I love that the boats are so close together on the docks here; it’s well supported by sponsors; there is lots of hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere; and obviously Newport is a beautiful place to be this time of year. You couldn’t wish for a better superyacht regatta, and in a way the fact that the Candy Store Cup is smaller and more intimate is its unique selling point.”