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Sailing the Balearics: The Best Marinas and Regattas

11th June 2019 // By Alex Martin

Regattas and Yacht Races

Regata Copa del Rey

The Regatta Copa del Rey is an annual event held in the Bay of Palma de Mallorca. Now in its 38th year, it has grown into a major event on the yachting calendar with competing teams including America’s Cup. King Juan Carlos I of Spain won the trophy twice in the nineties while skippering Jose Cusi’s Rogue.

The king no longer competes but attends as a spectator with an entourage of Spanish royalty, as well as a number of local worthies including the Mayor of Palma and the President of the Balearic Islands. The Real Club Náutico de Palma (Royal Nautical Club) has hosted the event since its birth in 1982 and has proved itself to be one of the Mediterranean’s premier yacht clubs.

The Copa del Rey in Mallorca / ©MartinCox – Flickr

Ibiza Gold Cup

The Ibiza Gold Cup kicks off the Mediterranean’s regatta season in a relaxed fashion. Competitors race from bay to bay, mooring each day in vibrant locations where Ibiza’s famous nightlife can be enjoyed. The informal atmosphere is underlined by an all-inclusive social program with breakfast, daily prizes, happy hours, food, dinners, drinks, music and parties.

52 super series

If high-octane racing is what you want then there is no better place to see it than the 52 Super Series. Starting in Menorca in May and running until September, it is the world’s leading grand prix monohull racing circuit. These state-of-the-art yachts are designed for speed – the event even describes itself as the Formula 1 of the water.

Up to 13 teams from nine different countries take part in a simple first-past-the-post format. As in Formula 1, races can be decided by the finest of margins and teams must push themselves to the limit in order to win.

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