The Magna Room of the Real Club Náutico de Palma has hosted on Wednesday the presentation of the 16th PalmaVela, a new appointment with the sail that has officially started today and tomorrow will do it in the water with the dispute of the first tests in the bay Palm. On Sunday, the 12th, the delivery of trophies will end this edition.
Javier Sanz, president of the Real Club Náutico de Palma; Juan Besalduch, commodore of the RCNP; Manuel Fraga, sports director of the RCNP; Susanna Moll, Councilor for Education and Sports of the City of Palma; Erik Martinsson, on behalf of the main sponsor; Joaquín González Devesa, president of the Balearic Sailing Federation; and Elena Roig, painter and creator of the 16th PalmaVela prize collection.
La PalmaVela is a multiclass event with a marked international accent, as evidenced by the 23 countries that will compete in this 16th edition, with boats of lengths between the 3.03 meters of the small Hansa 303 of Adapted Sailing and the 30.50 meters of the Wally Cento Magic Carpet Cubed by Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones.
The fleet of this edition will finally be distributed in 15 classes: IRC, TP52, Mallorca Sotheby's ORC divided into groups 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4, J80, Dragon, Flying Fifteen, Viper, Time / Classics, Spirit of Tradition and Hansa 303 Individual and Double. The first to compete will be, starting tomorrow at noon, classes IRC and TP52.
"Of the different events organized by the RCNP, it has something special and sentimental", said Javier Sanz, president of the RCNP, during his speech. "It's a regatta that was born 16 years ago and with which the RCNP wanted to do something different. We considered that it was an open regatta both in participants and in boats of all lengths, and that it was the first international in the Mediterranean. Our 'creature' is already a teenager and is consolidated within the Mediterranean circuit, as shown by the participation figures. "