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Palma: 40 years under sail under the spell of the Copa del Rey

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The most important regatta in the Mediterranean begins with 110 boats and several crew members from the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games

King Felipe VI in his training.Sailingshots. by Mara MuiaEFE/Mara Muia Sailingshots . By
  • To inform Copa del Rey de Vela: 40 years of the regatta that Felipe VI made professional and his daughter will not inherit

Around this time 30 years ago, the attention of the media and almost the whole world was focused on the daily news of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games. A historic date for Spanish sport and for the sailing team in particular.

The Spanish navy won four gold and one silver in the seas around Barcelona. There is quite a record for a sporting discipline that each edition always has multiple metals added to the Spanish medal table.

Three decades later and when summer is under the most pressure, a sizable portion of those Olympic sailors meet at the Copa del Rey Mapfre sailing competition starting this Monday in Palma. the dOrest, Manrique, Calafat, Sanchez-Luna, Van der Plog, Va Dufresne, Zabel And many more who have won medals before and after 1992 are still enrolled in various cruise competition projects or the frequent pontoons of Real Club Nautico de Palma at the end of each day. Since then, commitment and passion for the ocean has also become a way of life for many of them.

In the distinctive rhythm of the embat, the classic breeze of Majorcan Bay, a total of 110 boats, divided into nine classes and representing 20 different countries, will compete for the Most Precious Marine Trophy in the Mediterranean until next Saturday, August 6.

Competition with little margin for error. You win mile after mile and in many cases by a few seconds. Due to the disparate characteristics of the fleet, and in the regatta composed of one-design boats from Swan Shipyard, the similarity in classes is maximum with compensation times.

Doorstay, of the favorites

Among the favorites are multiple champions from previous editions such as Luis Martínez Dorest’s Estrella Dam sailboat, seeking his fourth title at Majorcan Waters, at the Soho Caxabank Theater Xavier BanderasChampion or always experienced in IRC1 in 2020 Jose Mara Picchu Torsida With the Palibex sailboat. Also, From Now On by Fernando Chen, Runner-up in ORC1 in 2021. In the women’s section, Doracia Coviran stands out and in the J70 the Andalusian boat Les Roches-Tripst.

In that 1992 Barcelona, ​​the national flag bearer was the then-Prince Felipe, who had an Olympic diploma in soloing class. fernando leone You alfredo vazquez,

Along with the Canarian navigator he would also go on to the same crew within the cruiser class in the CAM (2001–10) and Hispano (2011) projects years later.

King Felipe VI. role of

The current King Felipe VI has been sailing since then in the naval ship, Ephos 500. An old twirl of the seas, it was built in 2005 to Transpac 52 class rules, which has come close to victory with some windy conditions. on more occasions

The monarch’s attendance throughout the week appears reassuring as a sign of her commitment to an international sporting event, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Little remains of the first regatta in 1982 that brought together fifty boats in what is today Palma. That social and polite phenomenon from stem to link at the rate of millions of pesetas ended more than a decade ago. The pink press, with a beat coming from the trade and all over the Mediterranean, then gave wings to the Majorcan Regatta.

Today the competition is on a whole new level. Sporting perhaps more prudent, without major sponsors among the fleet, but with a more purely sports launch. The event moves like a real Swiss watch. Before the pandemic, the economic impact on the island was more than two million euros a day amid hotel nights, diets, guests and professional maritime activity. In 2022 a data is almost already recovered.

In this edition, in addition, the environmental impact studies and defense programs of the Copa del Rey Mapfre stand out. With blockchain technology, valuable information is collected on event activity and its carbon footprint.

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Reference from www.elmundo.es

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