Tuesday, 20th August 2019
PRESENTATION OF THE 33RD REI EN JAUME REGATTA
The mayor of Calvià highlights the Rei en Jaume Regatta as an example of the union of history and culture in a nautical framework
A dozen boats will fight for victory at the Rei en Jaume Regatta, one of the few lond distance sailing competitions arriving on the island of Mallorca that will be held from 5th to 7th September.
The mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez, has highlighted the 33rd edition of the Rei en Jaume Regatta that will take place between 5th and 7th September with the participation of a dozen boats, as an example of the union of history and culture in a nautical framework. The mayor also wanted to thank, during the presentation of the regatta that took place this morning in the boardroom of the Calvià Town Hall, “the effort, the impulse and the passion of those who work so that this regatta has reached its thirty-third edition".
This competition, organised since 1986 by the Santa Ponsa Yacht Club, the CN Salou, and with the collaboration of Port Adriano, Port Tarraco and the municipalities of Calvià and the Catalan municipality, recalls the route that, in 1229, led Jaume I until the Pantaleu island first to reach the Mallorcan coast and start the conquest.
The president of the Santa Ponsa Yacht Club, Luis Nigorra, on his behalf, has valued the collaboration of the collaborating ports and the support of the Calvià Town Hall for maintaining this tradition.
The race director, Manolo Nadal, explained that the participation of a fleet of a dozen ships with an ORC and RI measurement certificate is planned and the classifications will be divided into classes and groups. He has also said that a ranking may be established for clubs represented by teams composed of a boat of less than 50 feet and another of more than 50.
The presentation ceremony was also attended by Nati Francés, Deputy Mayor for Security, Social Welfare, Equality and Communication; Eva Serra, Deputy Mayor for Sports and Foreign Residents; and the Director General of Tourism and Commerce, Javier Pascuet, as well as other members of the government team.
The Rei en Jaume regatta will have its prologue on Thursday, 5th September with the meeting of patrons and a dinner of sailors at the CN Salou. The next day, the departure will take place after 10 am and the participants are expected to cross the finish line, located on Dragonera Island, on Saturday, 7th September.
A special prize will be given for the boat that manages to beat the record of the crossing, which was established in 2017 by the Gymir boat, run by Manuel Codina, and that achieved a record of 16 hours and 20 minutes (between Exit in front of the CN Salou and Arrival in Dragonera Island).
Manolo Nadal recalled that the development of the regatta can be followed live through the website of the Santa Ponça Yacht Club, www.cnsp.es, thanks to the sailing-tracking system that provides GPS devices to all vessels participants so that they emit a constant signal during the whole crossing, thus guaranteeing greater safety during the race.