2024 is set to be a pivotal year for Club de Mar Mallorca. Projections indicate that by the end of the summer, all the construction work will be completed. Therefore, the organisation faces the significant challenge of commissioning the new facilities, aiming to have them fully operational in the early months of 2025.
At that juncture, Club de Mar will have finally transformed into a leading nautical facility in the entire Mediterranean, boasting state-of-the-art infrastructure. It will be ready to confront head-on the challenges that await us in the 21st century. As we enter this year, the club has translated its commitment to environmental consciousness and sustainability into reality. This is evident in every detail, from the incorporation of cutting-edge technologies and digital management to enhancements in systems for improved member and visitor experiences. The club is also seamlessly integrated into the new and spectacular seafront façade of the city. The construction efforts, currently the most significant private project in nautical facilities across Spain, have entailed an investment of €76 million.
Sustainability isn´t a mere buzzword when it comes to the new Club de Mar. The new facilities and equipment result from a meticulous study focusing on efficiency, energy savings, and self-sufficiency.
Nearly 1,500 square metres of solar panels on the roofs of the new buildings will provide clean energy to the club. A dedicated desalination plant will extract and desalinate seawater for internal use, contributing to resource savings for municipal networks.
A significant portion of energy consumption is tied to climate control, especially heating in winter and cooling in summer. The architectural design of the new Club de Mar buildings prioritizes natural ventilation whenever possible and optimises the winter sun exposure to maintain optimal temperatures. Green roofs and vertical gardens will also play a crucial role in this natural and ecological climate control.
Illumination constitutes another major energy expense. The marina will be lit by new LED lampposts already installed in various areas. These devices not only result in substantial energy savings compared to traditonal lighting but also allow for gradual dimming by hours, reducing intensity after midnight for additional energy efficiency.
Waste management is a critical aspect of environmental care. Club de Mar has implemented the most innovative system for the evacuation of waste water, utilizing a vacuum valve system by Flovac. This hermetic circuit prevents unpleasant odors and dangerous leaks, resulting in up to a 50% reduction in energy consumption.
In line with the demands of the 21st century, the club embraces digitalisation with a new Direct Digital Control (DDC) system. This system will coordinate and manage optimally all activities with the facilities, instantly detecting discrepancies and faults through continuous self-diagnosis. Water, fuel, energy consumption, security, climate control, lighting, irrigation, fire prevention, moorings – all monitored from a centralised digital hub. The Big Data from the Direct Digital Control system will serve as the information source for a multi-platform telegovernance system, enhancing coordinated and radically more effective control for better environmental care and service to our clients and members.
Club de Mar aims to implement selective waste collection, with multiple collection points in the marina, including at the berths for larger yachts. Additionally, the club aspires to achieve a Zero Plastic goal throughout its premises.
The building structures are complete, and internal compartmentalization and equipment installation are underway. The plan is to have the assignation of businesses to operate the different commercial areas completed by spring. There will be four hospitality venues: the main restaurant, the club restaurant, a café and a club/event hall. For other businesses, the club´s primary strategy is to cater to the needs of members and visitors, contemplating the inclusion of a gym, spa and childcare facility. Other spaces will house a supermarket, medical clinic, nautical brokers and charter companies, among other activities.
There is considerable anticipation and interest in securing a spot in this privileged location, with more applicacitions received than available spaces. It will be a unique setting in prime location on the waterfront, fully open to the public.
In the sports context, the club aims to establish a certified center for training sports technicians. Regarding events, the club plans to elevate the Illes Balears Clàssics to position the classic sailing regatta in the Top 5 of such events in the Mediterranean. Additionally, Club de Mar is exploring the creation of a new regatta for large yachts. Once the new facilities are inaugurated, with over 70 berths for boats ranging from 50 to 170 meters in length, the club intends to leverage this unmatched capacity in the Balearic Islands to host a new and spectacular sporting event.
Regarding grassroots sports, the canoeing section will continue with its operations in Can Barbarà, having assembled a strong technical team and athletes achieving notable national and international successes. Meanwhile, the new sailing school aims to assemble and exclusive and small group of sailors with access to top-notch coaches and the best equipment.
In summary, 2024 will be a year of challenges and continuous day-to-day work. Yet, it will culminate in the completion of a project that represents a significant leap forward for everyone associated with Club de Mar Mallorca.