The Mediterranean is a world-renown favorite destination for yachts, superyachts, and classic sailing regattas, with the Balearic Islands, and Mallorca in particular, playing host to many of the world’s most prestigious events. The combination of beautiful waters, stunning scenery, vibrant towns, and the most’ in vogue’ city in Europe – Palma de Mallorca – with its unique Cathedral backdrop, help make this island the perfect location for all boating enthusiasts.
With easily accessible luxury hotels and villas, the infrastructure takes Mallorca to the top of any list. Between March and September, the Balearics are alive with luxury yachts and their classic siblings, giving that unique flavor only found in Mediterranean waters. The Marina’s surrounding Mallorca are vibrant with the thrill of great sailing, stimulating sea-faring experiences, and the excitement of being entrenched within one of the world’s most prestigious sports! Here are Four of The Best Yachting Events in Mallorca.
Held yearly in Puerto Portals, the 52 SUPER SERIES was set up in 2012 thanks to the initiative of the owners of Quantum Racing, Azzurra, and Rán Racing. They shared the vision and the drive to maintain a top-level arena for the fast, lightweight pure performance boats. With strict rules that define characteristics of vessels, the circuit has continued to thrive since its inception. It currently represents the very top prestigious level of grand Prix monohull racing in real-time while embracing the freedom to design and incorporate technology choices.
Also, the present model has come a long way since its first design, when it was initially used for the Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. As well as being one of Europe’s most prestigious nautical complexes, Puerto Portals offers great dining and outdoor lifestyle and is a vibrant location 365 days a year thanks to its variety of events, such as the Dragon Winter Race or the Sailing Week, part of the TP52 SUPER SERIES international circuit; the Classic Island Mallorca Rally, an international motor racing benchmark, or the Christmas Market to name a few.
Held in the waters of the bay of Palma de Mallorca, The King’s Cup sailing competition La Copa Del Rey is one of the major cruiser class regattas in the Mediterranean and has become a top-level fixture on the international calendar.
The first edition was held in 1982, with some 50 boats taking part, of which 35 were Spanish and the rest from overseas. In 1990, this competition was the first regatta on the international circuit to adopt the new IMS boat classification system. In the 2004 edition, a new category (IMS 670) was established and added to those already in existence: IMS 500 and IMS 600. This regatta always creates a fantastic atmosphere and attracts international visitors.
Organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Náutico del Arenal, and the Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mallorca is one of the largest Europe-based events for Olympic Sailing. It attracts over 1,500 sailors from 55 nations competing across ten Olympic disciplines. For most sailors is a selection event for the national Olympic teams. This is how the event has become a trademark of its own and an emblem for Spanish and international sailing.
The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia started in 1968 as an almost “amateur” event for the Dragon, based at Real Club Náutico de Palma. Six years later, in 1974, it was also called Palma International Week with the incorporation of new classes Soling, 470, Snipe, 420, Finn, and Europe by express wish of HM Queen Sofia, who was then Princess of Spain, and the event was named after her.
The Spanish Royal Family has always been very involved with the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia, from the first edition. The then Prince Don Juan Carlos began sailing in the Dragon class in, which he won together with the Duke of Arión and Félix Gancedo in 1973, 1974 and 1975 onboard “Fortuna”.
Established in 1996, the Superyacht cup is the longest-running superyacht event and attracts the most exclusive vessels in the world to Palma de Mallorca.
The participating superyachts are all moored together stern-to in the Superyacht Cup Regatta Village, with the iconic Palma Cathedral providing a stunning backdrop. The informal atmosphere and the impressive entry list of yachts have made this trophy grow in popularity year by year.
Mallorca consistently proves a valuable base for many leading sailing events offering not only a stunning destination but also the best expertise to have routine works carried out before the races.
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