Thursday, September 28

Moat and Hyperion winners of the Ibiza JoySail 2022


Updated at 00:13h.

The Ibiza JoySail 2022 already has winners. The Moat in the Performance category and the Hyperion in the World Cruising category have been crowned in this second edition of this superyacht regatta, which has become a Mediterranean benchmark in just two years.

The Moat is a Swan 155 owned by the Argentinian owner Juan Ball, last year he was the winner in a single class and this year he has done so in the Performance in which seven units between 70 and 155 feet in length have participated. In this way, the Moat, skippered by Guillermo Parada and with the Spanish Juanlu Páez sailing, has revalidated the title achieved in 2021, thus being the clear benchmark in this regatta and where it also achieved the record for the crossing between Palma and Ibiza with a time of 7 hours, 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Her great rival was the other ‘dribbler’ boat, the All Smoke, a SW-RP 90, which won the last race by just 40 over the Moat, in an exciting finish. While Sapma, a Swan 80, was one of the surprises by finishing fourth overall, beating Bella 2, a Y90, on the last day, which was making its first regatta in Ibiza after leaving the shipyard. The other Swan80, the Dark Horse, won the last race of the Ibiza JoySail and has won three of the four races – it did not finish the Palma-Ibiza, otherwise it would have disputed the Corinthian title with Sapma.

The Hyperion was the largest boat in the fleet, a Frers 155, has finished the Ibiza JoySail in World Cruising undefeated. The American boat has won the four races held, both the long race and the three coastal ones in Pitiusas waters. The Windrose of Amsterdam with Javier ‘Bubi’ Sansó, who with a Dystra 152, has been fighting throughout the regatta with the Bliss, a YD 120, who finished second last year and third this year.

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On this fourth and last day of the Ibiza JoySail 2022, the Regatta Committee was deciding whether to go around Formentera for 36 miles or a coastal route passing through the islet of Espardell. Finally, and due to the weather with rain and winds that did not ensure a fast lap, they opted for this second coastal route between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera with several showers and winds that blew between 18 and 20 knots from the southwest.

This closes a brilliant edition of the Ibiza JoySail that will return between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn 2023.

The J-Class seen the Ibiza JoySail

The impact that the Ibiza JoySail is having among superyachts has made the J Class consider being in the next edition of the regatta.

J Class Secretary Stuart Childerley was in attendance at the event and left with everything these spectacular ships need to get going. He explained that “I have been watching the whole set up of the Ibiza JoySail regatta and you can see that there is a real effort to make sure that the competitors and the boats have everything they need” and added that “It is a great event, it has it all. It is a charming city, Marina Ibiza has great facilities and the organizers are doing a great job of promoting the event.” In November the owners of Class J will decide the venues to which they will go in 2023 and Ibiza is in the pools.

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