Big boats return to PalmaVela with The Offshore Race of PalmaVela as the first stop

Big boats return to PalmaVela with The Offshore Race of PalmaVela as the first stop

by PalmaVela Apr 24 08:17 UTC
April 29 – May 8, 2022

The Big Boats sailing in previous editions of PalmaVela © Nico Martínez / PalmaVela

Eight Maxis join the rest of the PalmaVela fleet which is expected to feature 100 teams representing 20 countries from three continents

PalmaVela which lifts the curtain on the Mediterranean yacht racing season as the first major event of the year on the international regatta calendar returns to its traditional dates at the beginning of May, thanks to the Real Club Náutico de Palma.

With an entry list that sees the return of big boats as the Maxis of the IMA (International Maxi Association) join the fray, the 18th edition of PalmaVela will bring together around a hundred teams including ORC, Swan 42, J80, Dragons , Vintage and Classics.

“With the return of the Maxis to the regatta, PalmaVela returns to the Bay of Palma and to the club’s pontoons in all its glorious springtime glory,” says Emerico Fuster, President of the Real Club Náutico de Palma, who describes the competition as “a very diversified regatta with a fleet of small keelboats like the Dragons and also big boats like the Maxis.”

In addition to the competition on the water, Fuster points out that “the regatta will bring together around two thousand people in the city of Palma, adding to the good Easter celebrations that our hoteliers and restaurateurs have had. Without a doubt, one more sign that we’re getting back to some kind of normalcy.”

Integration into international circuits

The first major regatta of the year in Europe is also part of the IMA 2022 Calendar (qualifier for the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge 2022 with the traditional PalmaVela, and for the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge 2021/2022 with the 2nd edition of La Larga -The Offshore Race of PalmaVela), as well as the first round of the Mediterranean Sailing Circuit ORC and Monotype.

La Larga – The race off PalmaVela

The first act of the 18th PalmaVela will be La Larga-The Offshore Race of PalmaVela, which in its second edition will take place in the waters of the Balearic archipelago with the departure, from the bay of Palma, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. local time on the 1st may.

In the last edition, the victory went to the Danish VO70 “Trifork” who traveled the 220 nautical miles between Palma, Dragonera, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera, arriving in front of the Cathedral of Mallorca, in a time of 21 hours and 45 minutes . He thus set the first record in the history of this competition recently launched by the Real Club Náutico de Palma as part of the program of the 17th PalmaVela held last October.

In the ORC A2 class in corrected time on the “short” course of 163 nm (Palma-Dragonera-Tagomago-Cabrera-Palma) was by “Hydra”, owned by Óscar Chaves, with a record of 22 hours and 40 minutes. However, in this case, the victory was not for the fastest boat but for the one which, curiously, crossed the finish line in last position: the First 31.7 “Blaumarina”, owned by Miguel Enseñat, which turned a record of almost 29 hours into a hard-fought victory, the result of commendable patience and determination.

Victory in the full-crew ORC class went to Jaume Morrell’s “Mestral Fast”, which completed the 163nm course in 27 hours and 657 minutes, gaining a 49-minute lead in compensation over the second classified, the ” Meerblick Fun” owned by Otto Pohlmann.

This week the Real Club Náutico de Palma has started preparations on land and at sea to welcome the hundred teams from 20 countries which, including sailors, shore teams and the organization, will exceed the 2,000 people involved in the regatta and who will live in Palma between the end of April and the beginning of May.

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