[Source: RCNP] With exactly 50 days to go before the start of the twelfth edition of the race Gaastra – PalmaVela, the rate of pre-registrations indicates a new successful level of participation, in the event organized by the Real Club Nautico de Palma. More than fifty teams have confirmed their intention to compete in the first major event of the regatta season in the Mediterranean. The registration period ends on March 30th.
The regatta Gaastra – PalmaVela will be held in the bay of Palma de Mallorca from April 29th to May 3rd. This is the first major multi-class regatta of the season in the Mediterranean. The occasion will be used by the best teams to make their debut with their new boats or check the result of the modifications made during the winter break. The acclaimed race course of the bay of Palma, the proven professionalism of the Real Club Nautico de Palma and the friendly spring weather in Mallorca represent three great appeals to guarantee the success of an essential race. The regatta will be a celebration of sailing in which last generation carbon monohulls live alongside the classic traditional sailing, passionate amateur teams and an interesting disabled sailing fleet.
More than fifty teams have presented their pre-registration, although the organization expects a much higher participation. “We hope to reach 120 boats registered”, said Vivi Mainemare, sports coordinator of the Gaastra – PalmaVela. “The deadline for registration is March 30th, so we still have almost three weeks to increase the number of participants”. In 2014, the fleet of 113 boats competed divided into 17 classes. “We try to follow the line of previous editions, but it will depend on the final registrations to determine all the groups and classes”.
It has already been confirmed the participation of several of the highly awaited new TP52’s which will make their debut at the PalmaVela regatta: Andrés Soriano’s Alegre, Doug DeVous’ Quantum Racing, Alberto Roemmers’ Azzurra or Tony Langley’s Gladiator. Among the spectacular Maxi 72 Sir Peter Ogden’s Jethou, Alex Schaerer’s Caol Ila R or Dieter Schön’s Momo won’t miss the event. As well several teams from always beautiful Wally class have confirmed their pre-registration, like the impressive Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s Wally Cento Magic Carpet 3, Claus-Peter Offen’s Y3K or Dr. Thomas Bscher’s Open Season.
The competition program will consist of four days of racing, with the first start scheduled for 12h00 on Thursday, April 30th. The different classes will alternate coastal and inshore racing in the Bay of Palma until Sunday May 3rd, when the final prize giving will be held in the Real Club Nautico de Palma.
The PalmaVela regatta is organized by the Real Club Nautico de Palma and the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation. It’s scoring will count for the 2015 circuit of IMA (International Maxi Association) and the official circuit of the Wally class, and the Spanish Cup of Disabled Sailing for the Hansa 303 and 2.4 classes.