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Lionheart does double in Superyacht Regatta

Superyachts put on great show

Lionheart completed an impressive double on the final day of the Boat International America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta yesterday.

The J Class yacht came from behind to seize both class and overall honours, and cap a superb regatta.

Lionheart started the final race second in her class behind overnight leader Ranger.

But a solid second-place finish in the third and final race of the three-day offshore regatta enabled Lionheart to leapfrog Ranger and claim class honours as well as the Boat International America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta Trophy presented to the overall winner.

Ranger, whose crew included tactician Brad Butterworth, a four-times America’s Cup winner, finished second in the J Class, with Velsheda rounding off the podium in third.

The six-strong J Class racing fleet is the most competitive ever assembled for this historic class, which raced in the America’s Cup in the early 1930s.

Svea, the newest J Class yacht in the fleet, won yesterday’s final race to cap an impressive debut.

The superyachts raced in three separate classes. Class A featured three entries and was won by Highland Fling 15, followed by Leopard 3 and Visione.

Highland Fling 15 captured class honours in emphatic fashion after chalking up a second straight victory yesterday.

Visione, the Reichel/Pugh design Baltic owned by Bermuda resident Hasso Plattner, made a promising start to the regatta after winning the opening race.

However, fortunes on board Plattner’s yacht took a turn for the worse thereafter, as she was disqualified for breaching the 40-metre rule in the second race.

Helmsman and owner Plattner then took ill and opted not to take part in yesterday’s third and final race.

Class B honours went to Action, who pipped nearest rival Rebecca by a point. Sojana took third, just two points off the leader.

Action won the last race to snap a four-way tie among the four Class B entries.

Bequia won Class C honours by a comfortable six-point margin over Meteor. Day one leader The Maltese Falcon rounded off the Class C podium in third, a point adrift of Meteor.

Bequia won the title in style, securing back-to-back victories in the final two races to underline her supremacy.