The Club de Mar’s classic boat regatta will be held between the 11th and 14th of August.
The Illes Balears Clàssics Regatta will once again turn the Bay of Palma into a beautiful spectacle of classic boats sailing at full sail during the month of August. The event, organised by the Club de Mar Mallorca, returns this year to its usual format with three days of racing between the 11th and 14th of August, after the competition was reduced to two days in 2021 due to health restrictions. This is the edition of the return to normality and the calendar of the race also recovers its usual programme of social events after two years of limitations.
The pace of registrations suggests that, at the very least, the participation figures of previous editions will be repeated, with around twenty boats competing. This year’s Illes Balears Clàssics has already confirmed the participation of boats taking part in the event for the first time, such as the Portuguese Sea Lion, a sailboat built in 1952 at the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard in Bremen (Germany), the Spanish Salina Tres and the British Rubicón. Nor will the regatta be missed by old friends such as Fjord or Cippino, which already have the trophy in their trophy cabinets for previous victories in the Club de Mar classics regatta.
The Commodore of the Club de Mar, Manuel Nadal, highlights the entity’s commitment to maritime heritage: “We have a great interest in helping to conserve and promote this type of sailing. These are historic boats, which cost a lot to maintain, and we believe that regattas like the Illes Balears Clàssics are key to helping to disseminate this work and that the general public also has the opportunity to get to know and enjoy them”.
The first day of the regatta, which this year celebrates its 27th edition, will be used to celebrate the welcome ceremony for the participating crews and to complete the preliminary registration and measurement procedures. The 12th, 13th and 14th will be for the races. It will be then that we will be able to contemplate in all their splendour, sailing the sea, the jewels of sailing that will be taking part in the event. The 14th will also serve to bring this year’s Illes Balears Clàssics to a close with the trophy ceremony in which the best boats of this edition will be recognised. For the first time, this year the core of the regatta will be concentrated on quay 7 of the Club de Mar. There, the boats will moor, the regatta office will be located and all the social events will take place in what will be the new nerve centre of the Illes Balears Clàssics.
Every day of the regatta there will be coastal sails around the Bay of Palma, so it will be easy to enjoy this journey through the historic maritime heritage of all the countries represented in the event from the coast. The organisers have divided the competition into four classes: Vintage, Classics, EDT/RI Classics and Big Boats, large boats over 23 metres in length. In addition, a special section, called Presence, has been created for vintage and classic boats over 50 years old, which will be present at the club to enjoy the event, without taking part in the races. All the information about the event is available on the website www.velaclasicamallorca.com.
The Illes Balears Clàssics Regatta is part of the Mare Nostrum Classics Trophy – Spanish Classic Sailing Circuit, which this year consists of five races for the first time, following the addition of the Vela Clásica Costa Brava regatta, organised by the Club Náutico Estartit, in Girona.