Start:Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
Finish:Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
Copa Del Rey — Mediterranean regatta with royal charm
The Copa del Rey race is one of the most beautiful and super-competitive sailing regattas in the Mediterranean. The regatta is part of the Grand Slam series. This elite Spanish regatta traditionally gathers professional yachtsmen from all over the Mediterranean on the most modern yachts. The number of participants in the regatta is increasing every year — in 2019, more than 150 crews took part in the regatta. Beginners can take part in the regatta as part of experienced crews.
The regatta was founded in 1982 and is held annually at the Real Club Náutico de Palma yacht club, located in the heart of the bay of Palma de Mallorca. Copa Del Rey is under the patronage of the King of Spain. The king himself and his immediate family also take part in the regatta on equal terms with other crews. So the regatta is really royal!
Each year, elite yachts participate in the regatta: TP 52, GC32, Club Swan 50, Swan 45, Club Swan 42, X-35, J-80, IRC, ORC.
The Royal Yacht Club of the city of Palma organizes an exciting program every evening, so you will have the opportunity to relax and have fun after a competition day.
The regatta will take place in the bay of Palma on Mallorca.
Palma de Mallorca will be interesting not only for those who like beach vacations. It also has many natural and historical attractions. Mallorca is a place with a mixture of cultures, so here you can find everything from Gothic cathedrals to Arabic-style houses.
The Cathedral of St. Mary is the main cathedral not only of Palma, but of all the Balearic Islands. This is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. They began to build the cathedral in the 14th century, and in our times, the building was rebuilt several times, and the famous Antonio Gaudi worked on the interior.
Bellver Castle is a few kilometers from Palma. This is the only round Gothic structure in Spain. The castle stands on a hill and a beautiful panorama of the bay opens from it.
Almudain Palace is the oldest royal palace in Spain. It used to be an Arab fortress and the palace of the Moorish viziers. Now, it is the residence of the Spanish king in Mallorca. Both the courtyard and the royal palace are open for visitors.
Art lovers must visit the Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art. The museum is situated in the building of the ancient 16th century bastion, which has been restored. In the museum, you will find works of art by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and others. A beautiful view of the city opens from the museums’ observation deck.
The regatta consists of short distance races in the bay of Palma. Several races will be held every day. The series consists of 6 super-active racing days. Wonderful weather, gorgeous views of the island of Mallorca, attractions and a high level of adrenaline throughout all 6 racing days — all this is the Copa del Rey 2020 regatta.
Yes, of course. There will be an experienced skipper and team members on the yacht. They will give you a role and teach you everything you need to know to be a useful team member and feel comfortable.
Yes, all team members will definitely try themselves in different roles to better understand each other. Standing at the helm is an integral part of training for beginners as well as setting sails, and helping the team during moorings.
As a rule, participants in the regatta live on the yacht. The boat has everything you need for a comfortable stay: nice beds, a kitchen, a shower with toilet. If you do not want to live on a yacht, then you can arrange to stay at the hotel onshore.
The crew decides altogether what kind of food they prefer to eat and makes necessary purchases. Simple dishes can be cooked, usually taking turns. Some regattas offer daily meals and intensive evening program for all crews.
We can make an invitation for a visa, but you need to apply for a visa by yourself.
Most people tolerate some seasickness easily. If you feel that you are starting to feel sick, it is best to get at the steering wheel or tune the sails. Get yourself busy, show your body that you don’t have time to get sick, you have to fight for victory in the race. There are also many quite effective medicines from sickness. If you start taking them in advance, then the probability of seasickness is almost zero.
Before each trip, we organize an online meeting where participants get to know each other and the captain. The captain will answer all your questions. The crew will have a group chat so you can get to know each other before the start of the regatta. Then you will meet in the marina.
The main rule is to dress comfortably and according to the weather. Clothing: • windbreaker and pants or shorts; • shirt/jacket with UV protection (thermal underwear and fleece); • adjustable hat/cap; • gloves. We recommend to purchase a long-sleeved jacket with UV protection in order to protect yourself from the sun and strong wind. Yachting shoes should be: • light, with non-slip white outsole; • with the fixed heel; • with a tightly closed nose. During the sailing without shoes, you can fall or injure your fingers and feet on the deck. There are many protruding parts on the boat that are easy to catch. Unfortunately, even experienced sailors are not protected from unpleasant injuries when they ignore this simple rule.