August 19, 2017

Luis Tourón, author of the book "Los barcos de Alfonso XIII", offered a conference in Club de Mar-Mallorca on the occasion of the XXIII Illes Balears Clàssics regatta.

"Only the emeritus king, Juan Carlos, has the same or more love for the sea than his grandfather, Alfonso XIII, because he still sails eventhough he is close to turning 80", says the writer Luis Tourón Figueroa, who presented his book "Los barcos de Alfonso XIII. Las regatas de una época 1902-1931" yesterday, as part of the XXIII Illes Balears Clàssics regatta programm, which took place in Club de Mar-Mallorca. Edited by Robinson, the book dives into the ins and outs of that time, "the most glorious in Spain's naval history", which, according to the author, "has been totally abandoned".

Luis Touron, sailor and vicepresident of AGABACE Association, explained in his conference that Spain's sailing history began in the Cantabrian sea and highlighted Alfonso XIII's figure as a true promoter of the naval construction in Spain.

"He insisted on all boats had to be built in our country. In fact, it was him who promoted the shipyards created in the early XX century, such as Karpard de Pasajes (Guipúzcoa), where the legendary Hispania was built, in a record time of 6 months, or the Encarnita, another boat of the 15-meter class property of Marquis de Cubas" said the writer.