“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
This oft-quoted line from the book Wind in the Willows says it all. There is nothing—absolutely nothing!—like yachting. And there’s nothing like all the different adventures that yachting lays at our feet.
Take regattas, for example. Over the past 20 years, regattas have evolved from a sport solely for professionals into a spirited social outing for superyacht owners. In fact, The Superyacht Cup, held every year in Palma de Mallorca, is the longest-running, fun-focused race in Europe. Sure, there’s competition; who doesn’t like having bragging rights, after all? But, the organizers and participants—both owners and crew—do these races for the camaraderie they engender.
The stories are legendary, too. The yachts here, Velsheda and Svea, are two of the famed J Class sailing superyachts on the water, photographed during the Superyacht Cup this month. If you know the Js, then you know both yachts’ designs date back to the 1930s. Svea is a new build, while Velsheda is a classic restoration. Svea is only in her second season of racing, yet the tales her hull can tell are growing with each battle. The action… the lessons the crew learns each race… the conditions encountered… the triumphs, the laughs… each is a character, if you will, in her storybook.
Her owner even commissioned a book about her, in fact. While that book was published before we started our company, we applaud him for creating a legacy to share with his friends and family for generations to come. And who knows? Maybe there will be some future regatta racers in that family.
It brings to mind yet another great quote from The Wind in the Willows:
“Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new! Then some day, some day long hence, jog home here if you will, when the cup has been drained and the play has been played, and sit down by your quiet river with a store of goodly memories for company.”
How can we help you transform those goodly memories into company your future generations can keep?