The Sala Magna of the Real Club Náutico de Palma hosted the inauguration of the Copa del Rey Mapfre with the celebration of an act that has been the starting signal for its 40th edition. Ahead, eight days of event -six of them competition- with more than one hundred teams and twenty nationalities that will fight in the bay of Palma for the title in each of the nine participating categories.
Among the attendees were the president of the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Emerico Fuster; Óscar Celada, territorial general director of Mapfre in the Balearic Islands; Fina Santiago, Minister of Social Affairs and Sports of the Government of the Balearic Islands and Carles Gonyalons, General Director of Sports; Jorge Nasarre López, director of the Balearic Islands Port Authority; Commander Núñez de Prado, head of the Naval Sector of the Balearic Islands; Francisco Ducrós, Councilor for Sports of the Palma City Council; and Jorge Forteza, commodore of the Real Club Náutico de Palma.
Emerico Fuster began his speech stating that “The opening act of this year’s Copa del Rey Mapfre has a special meaning. In the first place, because we reached our 40th edition, and we also do it in excellent health, with the unconditional support of the institutions and sponsors without whose involvement it would be impossible to organize this great event. It is also special because it allows us to claim before public opinion and institutions the importance of the Real Club Náutico de Palma, a social heritage of Mallorca that has been committed to promoting sport and organizing major regattas since its foundation in 1948”.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the support and affection that the Royal Family and the Naval Regatta Commission of the Spanish Navy have always given us, to which we will pay a well-deserved tribute within the 40th anniversary events, and invite you all you to attend this Sunday the presentation of the book where we have collected the great milestones of the journey of this regatta. We celebrate 74 years as a club and 40 editions of the Copa del Rey Mapfre. We are part of the maritime heritage of this land and we hope you will stay here for a long time to continue writing this exciting story with your help” concluded the president of the RCNP.
The person in charge of closing the act was Óscar Celada. The territorial general director of Mapfre in the Balearic Islands wanted to emphasize that “One more year we start, with even more enthusiasm if possible, our Copa del Rey Mapfre. A sustainable event, respectful of the environment and committed to equality, values that are part of Mapfre’s DNA. It is a pride for all of us who are part of the Mapfre family to sponsor this competition, and we are convinced that this year will be a resounding success that will once again make the Bay of Palma the best setting for this event”.
The event officially begins tomorrow, Saturday, with the first day of registration and measurements, and it will be on Monday the 1st when the fleet will make its debut in the regatta field in the bay of Palma.
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