The Classic Balearic Islands Regatta will once again turn the Bay of Palma into a beautiful spectacle of classic boats sailing under full sail during the month of August. The event, organized by the Club de Mar Mallorca, this year recovers its usual format with three days of regattas between August 11 and 14, after the competition was reduced to two days in 2021 due to health restrictions. This is the back to normal edition and the test calendar also recovers its usual program of social events after two years of limitations.
The rate of registrations suggests that, at least, the participation figures of previous editions will be repeated with twenty boats in competition. The participation in this year’s Illes Balears Clàssics has already been confirmed for boats taking part for the first time in the event, such as the Portuguese Sea Liona sailboat built in 1952 at the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard in Bremen (Germany), the Spanish Salina Three or the british Rubicon. Nor will they miss the regatta, old acquaintances such as the Fjord or the Cippinowho already keep in their windows the trophy for previous victories in the Club de Mar classic regatta.
The Commodore of the Club de Mar, Manuel Nadalhighlights the entity’s commitment to maritime heritage: “We have a great interest in helping to preserve and promote this type of sail. These are historic boats, which are very difficult to maintain and we believe that regattas such as the Illes Balears Clàssics are key to helping spread this work and that the general public also has the opportunity to discover and enjoy it”.
The first day of the regatta, which celebrates its 27th edition this year, will serve to celebrate the welcoming ceremony for the participating crews and complete the previous registration and measurement procedures. Days 12, 13 and 14 will be for regattas. It will be then when we will be able to contemplate in all its splendor, sailing the sea, the jewels of navigation that will participate in the event. The 14th will also serve to put an end to this year’s Illes Balears Clàssics with the trophy delivery ceremony in which the best boats of this edition will be recognized. For the first time, on this occasion the nucleus of the regatta will be concentrated in Pier 7 of the Club de Mar. There the boats will be moored, the regatta office will be there and all the social events will take place in what will be the new nerve center of the Balearic Islands Classics.
Every day of regattas coastal voyages will be made through the Bay of Palma, so it will be easy to have the opportunity to enjoy from the coast this trip through the maritime historical heritage of all the countries represented in the event. The organization has divided the competition into four classes: Vintage, Classics, EDT/RI Classics and the Big Boats, large ships of more than 23 meters in length. Also A special section has been created, called Presence, which will house vintage and classic boats over 50 years old, who will be present in the club enjoying the event, without participating in the tests. All the information about the event is available on the website www.velaclasicamallorca.com.
The Illes Balears Clàssics Regatta is part of the Trofeo Clásicos Mare Nostrum – Spanish Classic Sailing Circuit, composed this year for the first time by five testsafter joining the competition the Costa Brava Classic Sailing Regatta, organized by the Club Náutico Estartit, in Girona.
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