The biggest classic and vintage sailing competition in Mallorca, to be held in August 16 to 19 in Club de Mar, has now 15 boats in its entry list. The Hallowe'en (1926), a legendary design by William Fife III, will be back this year in the XXIII edition of the Illes Balears Clàssics - Vela Clásica Mallorca, organised by Club de Mar-Mallorca, where the best representatives of classic and vintage sailing in the Mediterranean will meet.
The competition, this year from August 16 to 19, has already 15 entries, a third of last year's partiicpants, which according to Manuel Nadal, the entity's commodore, "announces a great participation".
Hallowe'en, a 24-meter cutter, is at the moment the oldest and most spectacular of the ones who have confirmed their presence in Palma. The organisation is still in contact with other great vessel skippers who haven't confirmed their participation yet but who have said they won't be missing the XXIII Illes Balears Classics Regatta, already considered as one of the most prestigious in the Spanish classic circuit along with the Semana Clásica in Puerto Sherry, the Puig Vela Clàssica in Barcelona and the Copa del Rey in Menorca, all three part of the Mare Nostrum Trophy.
"This year - says Nadal -the skippers have made their entries a little earlier than in other editions and, apart from the Hallowe'en, a regular in our regatta, we have others confirmed in the Dragon class, Latin Sail, Vintage Classics, Spirit of Tradition and RI Classics, representing six countries.
Some of the vessels we will surely see this year are the Emeraude, a prototype from 1975 based in Barcelona and sailing with Italian flag; the Rosendo, from 1949, built in Santa Catalina by the mestre d'aixa Pau Ferrer; the Karen Maria, launched in 1966 and based in France, or the Cippino, a 50-feet design by German Frers from 1949 and with flag of the Yacht Club Argentino. Club de Mar expects as well the presence of the four 15-metter class vessels, all William Fife's designs between 1908 and 1912, who compete in real time in their own category and regatta field.
Ever since the addition of the Illes Balears Clàssics to the mediterranean calendar, Club de Mar has welcomed in its marina numerous nautical jewels, most of which, despite their age, are in very good state and in their original designs, with bareky any new materials.
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