Yachting Art Magazine

Stunning Superyachts to Race in Candy Store Cup Newport

For the second year running, the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition will showcase some of the world’s most spectacular yachts racing in a regatta designed specifically for them. The event, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 27-29, is organized and hosted by Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf, which partnered last year to consolidate the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup regattas.

Meteor, Ranger - Candy Store - photo: Billy Black

Meteor, Ranger - Candy Store - photo: Billy Black

The largest yacht entered thus far is the 184’ (56m) Perini Navi ketch Zenji, which will join the other entries at Newport Shipyard’s alongside dozens of other megayachts, both sail and power. The working shipyard has become the epicenter of the megayacht industry in New England and is uniquely positioned on the Newport waterfront to allow the public to view the yachts that are berthed there.

"The 2016 Candy Store Cup knocked the ball out of the park," said Dan Meyers, co-owner of the 52m yacht Meteor, which is returning for the 2017 event to Yachting Art Magazine. "It was the perfect mixture of everything – great venue, professional race management, and the social side was FUN in all capitals.”

The Candy Store Cup is all about sportsmanship and camaraderie, as the pristine superyachts must race to rules specially formulated to keep them safe distances from each other.

The format calls for pursuit-style (staggered start) racing on Rhode Island Sound, with one race planned for each of the three days, leaving plenty of time in the afternoons and evenings for socializing. Racing begins at 1 p.m. off Castle Hill and will provide a stunning visual for those watching from vantage points along the shore of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, south of the Pell Bridge.

The Candy Store Cup Party and Awards are on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Royal Huisman, Perini Navi, Vitters and Rybovich, which are major players in the superyacht industry and were all stewards of the Newport Bucket, are presenting partners of the Candy Store Cup Newport. Supporting partners of the event are KVH,North Sails, Sentient Jet, Southern Spars / Future Fibres, Willis Towers Watson, The Marshall Islands Registry, and M. Gemi.

Columbia - Candy Store - Photo: Billy Black

Columbia - Candy Store - Photo: Billy Black



Action - Sloop - 37m - Royal Huisman - Dykstra
Ranger (J) - Sloop - 42m - Danish Yacht - S&S / Dykstra NA
Sunleigh - Sloop - 32m - Jongert - Tony Castro

Audrey II - Ketch - 27m - Jongert - Jongert
Bequia - Yawl - 28m - Brooklin Boat Yard - Stephens
Freya - Sloop - 27m - Nautor's Swan - Frers
Wild Horses - Sloop - 23m - W-Class™ Yachts - White

Meteor - Schooner - 52m - Royal Huisman - Dykstra NA
Naema - 42m - G Schooner - Graafship - Hodgdon Yachts
Whitehawk - 32m - Ketch - Lie-Nielsen - Bruce King
Zenji - Ketch - 56m - Perini-Navi - Ron Holland
 Follow the racing through TracTrac
Follow the racing through TracTrac

Hyperion - Sloop - 48m - Royal Huisman - Frers

Candy Store Cup Aerial - Aerial Newport Shipyard - photo: Billy Black

Candy Store Cup Aerial - Aerial Newport Shipyard - photo: Billy Black

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