Palma is gearing up to welcome the biggest fleet of ClubSwan yachts seen in the Mediterranean so far this year. The 39th Copa del Rey will see three ClubSwan one design classes take to the water from 2 to 7 August, alongside several other classes that join this high-end regatta.
- 38 ClubSwan boats set to race across ClubSwan 50, ClubSwan 42 and ClubSwan 36 classes
- Five Swan 45s and Two ClubSwan 42s race in the ORC classes
- Third event of four in The Nations League
- Leaders duel for first place, while any boat is capable of a podium place
By entry numbers alone, not to mention sporty elegance, ClubSwan is the headline act of the regatta. No fewer than 38 ClubSwan yachts have registered to race. Among them, 16 ClubSwan 50s, 11 ClubSwan 42s and 11 of ClubSwan 36s, including the racing debut of the Guernsey registered Black SealandMini Ravengerof Sweden. There are also five Swan 45s and two more ClubSwan 42s registered in the ORC classes, racing alongside a big fleet of competitors.Together, Swan’s boats account for some 40 per cent of the regatta.
“We are delighted once again to attend this important and iconic event, Copa del Reyhere in Palma, with three ClubSwan classes,” said Nautor Group Vice-President Enrico Chieffi. “It is a wonderful backdrop and a very fitting venue for our boats with their exquisite lines and impressive performance. It is also the third regatta of four in TheNations League, so we are expecting blistering competition for podium places.”
The Mallorcan capital is a favourite pit stop for Swan owners. Besides the beauty of the old town, with the peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana rising in the background, it offers some of the best light wind sailing in the Med. Competitors typically face calm waters in the Bay of Palma and a steady sea breeze of up to 12 knots that builds in from the southwest.
As well as being an outstanding event in its own right, the Copa del Rey is one of the four regattas that will determine the winner of TheNations League. After two events to date, Marcus Brennecke’s Hatarileads the ClubSwan 50 rankings by one point over Cuordileone, with Onegroupclose behind. All three boats will fancy their chances in Palma.
In the ClubSwan 42 class, Pedro VaquerComas is looking to build on his success in Nadirinthe Sardinia Challenge, chased by Luca Formentini in Koyré –Spirit of Nerina. But the fleet is bigger in Palma, raising the competitive stakes.