August 16, 2017

The XXIII Illes Balears Clàssics regatta was presented this noon and tomorrow will be the first day of races in the bay of Palma. The complete 15-meter class fleet from the early XX century will be the star of that moment. Entry record in latin sail.

Club de Mar Mallorca hosted today the presentation of the XXIII Illes Balears Clàssics regatta that will take place in the bay of Palma until next Saturday, August 19. The vintage and classic fleet has this year 48 vessels divided in six different classes.

The director of the regatta and Club de Mar's commodore, Manuel Nadal, has highlighted, "without undermining the rest of the vessels", the presence of the four surviving units of the legendary 15-meter class, which in the early XX century lead the high competition sailing.

Mariska (1908), Tuiga (1909), Hispania (1909), former King Alfonso XIII's vessel and The Lady Anne (1912) form their own class and will compete in real time. Nadal explained that this is possibly "the most important vintage boats fleet in the world". The 15-meter class vessels were in their day revolutionary boats, aimed to reach the highest speed with the technology available back then, with their great Gaff riggings.

One of the main novelties in the Majorcan new edition is the berths located in front of the Club's social building. José Luis Arrom, the entity's manager, has pointed out "the efforts" required to bring the vessels closer for visitors to see. "I would like to thank our staff for the amazing work and for being so understanding, both Club members and users, leaving this area free for us to enjoy this sailing jewels up close", said Arrom.

Manuel Nadal also remarked the participation of the latin sail fleet which, year after year, comes to Club de Mar. "These vessels are very important for this regatta because they are a reference in the Balearic classic sailing", he said. The 15 boats with latin rig will compete divided in Open, Regatta and Llaüt classes. The best of these will be awarded with the Pedro Cardona Trophy, launched in 2013 as a recognition of the memory of the well known mestre d'aixa from the sailor neighborhood Santa Catalina.

The regatta director reminded that the Majorcan race "goes beyond the competition at sea because it also offers cultural activities relared to sailing". As part of the social calendar, Club de Mar hosts a photographic exhibition by Nico Martniez (Palma, 1957), opening this afternoon. Also, on Friday, there will be the book presentation "Los barcos de Alfonso XIII - Las regatas de una época (1902-1931)", with its author, Luis Touron.

The competition will begin tomorrow, August 17, at 12.30 p.m. with the first race and it will last until next Saturday, August 19, when a prize-giving ceremony will take place. The "Legends of the Sea" Trophy will be delivered on Saturday as well to the vessel that best represents the spirit of classic sailing, according to a jury of experts.