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Everything ready for the 17th edition of La PalmaVela

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The terraces of the Real Club Náutico de Palma (RCNP) have hosted this Thursday the official presentation of the seventeenth edition of the PalmaVela, a test that returns to the bay in 2021 after being delayed for more than a year by the Covid-19 pandemic. In total there will be three days of competition starting tomorrow, Friday, October 29, with a fleet of 80 teams of 22 nationalities divided into eleven categories: ORC 0, ORC 1-2, ORC 3, ORC 4-5, ORC A2, Box Rule, J80, Dragon, Flying Fifteen, Epoch and Spirit of Tradition.

The event was attended by Emerico Fuster, president of the RCNP; Rafael Navarro, manager of the Municipal Sports Institute; Carles Gonyalons, General Director of Sports of the Government; Dámaso Berenguer, commander of the Naval Sector of the Balearic Islands; Jorge Forteza, RCNP Commodore; Alejandra Vanoli, Managing Director of Mallorca Sotheby’s; and Christoph Mann, author of the works selected to award this year’s La PalmaVela winners.

Fuster was in charge of welcoming authorities, media and participants stating that “We are presenting a PalmaVela without a doubt exceptional due to the unusualness of the dates. We must thank the commitment of the 80 boats that from tomorrow until Sunday will compete in the bay of Palma, which join several of those who have already participated in the first edition of La Larga, the high altitude regatta with which we wanted renew our commitment to high-altitude sail ”.

“PalmaVela was born with the spirit of responding to sailing enthusiasts’ diverse ways of sailing and understanding the sea. We remain faithful to that philosophy and I am convinced that all the participants will offer us a magnificent show and we will be able to count on them again when, in just seven months, we celebrate a new edition of PalmaVela, already within their usual dates “, the president of the RCNP concluded by affirming.

80 teams, 11 categories and more than 20 countries represented

It is, without a doubt, one of the most important regattas in the Mediterranean and in which from sailors and professional teams to amateur crews come together.

Among the eleven categories participating in the seventeenth edition, one of the most competitive will be the Box Rule, which brings together the powerful fleet of TP52. With a total of ten registered units, the PalmaVela will be the prelude to the World Cup of the class next November, so each and every one of the teams will face the Palma event with force and ready to offer a whole show in the bay during the six scheduled tests.

In addition to Box Rule, three other one-design classes will compete in real time for the La PalmaSail title: J80, Flying Fifteen and Dragon. The test program for the three categories contemplates a maximum of nine windward-leeward races and for the Dragon category, in addition, the appointment will decide the new champions of the Spanish Cup in the class.

For its part, the ORC fleet will have 38 boats on the starting line and will be divided into five categories: ORC 0, ORC 1-2, ORC 3, ORC 4-5 and ORC A2. “Aifos 500”, “Pelotari Project” and “Leaps & Bounds 2” in division 0; “Hydra” and “Nadir” in 1-2 or “L´Immens – Laplaza Assesors” and “Vell Mari” in class 3 are some of the teams that aim to be among the top positions in the table.

The Race Committee expects to complete a total of five races for the ORCs, except for the A2 fleet, which has a maximum of three in its program.

The classic sailing, how could it be otherwise, will once again have its own space in the Majorcan event with a total of seven boats divided into the categories of Spirit of Tradition and Epoch. The “So Fong”, one of the strongest in the fleet, the 1898 “Marigan” and the “Legolas” will not be absent from the starting line for the three scheduled coastal races over the weekend.

Fusion of art and sport at the 17th PalmaVela

It was in 2013 when the PalmaVela released its first collection of awards for the winners of the regatta. The objective was to give a special value to the trophies that are given to the protagonists of each edition, as well as to give visibility to the work of artists linked to the sea and the sport of sailing. On this occasion, Christoph Mann is the author of the works selected for the collection of the seventeenth edition of the regatta.

“As a member of the club, it is an honor for me to contribute to the event through these paintings. I have always liked the sea and gastronomy very much, and I have united them in these pieces showing maritime motifs from the culinary point of view. I hope the people and the winners like them “Mann stated.

Tomorrow Friday, from 1:00 p.m., the competition begins in the bay of Palma.

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