The city of Palma today experienced one of the hottest days of the summer. Everything presaged a day of very weak wind, but, once again, the Embat made an appearance in the bay of the Balearic capital just in time for the Illes Balears Clàssics Regatta fleet to complete a 16-mile course nautical. The conditions were very similar to those of yesterday, with a little more waves and some rolls.
The organization chose to give a joint start for the three classes in competition, which gave greater emotion and showiness to the moment in which the boats cross the imaginary line established between the Regatta Committee boat and the viewer. Vintage (before 1950) and Classic (until 1976) boats lined up at the first beacon located in the center of Bahía de Palma to then make a figure-eight route. The weather remained constant throughout the competition: 12 knots from the south under a clear but leaden sky.
The Sonata (1937), owned by owner Jordi Cabau, won the test in the Época class and was at the head of the general classification, tied on three points with the FJord III (1948), owned by W. Scott Perry, which today was second. Both boats will play the final victory in the day tomorrow. The first is a design by John G. Alden; the second, one of the units that made the Argentine naval architect German Frers senior one of the great references in the construction of regatta boats in the mid-20th century. The Argyll (1948), an Olin Stephens owned by the well-known British actor Griff Rhys Jones, is practically assured, with six points and a wide advantage over her immediate pursuer, third place in the category of sailboats prior to 1950.
In Classics, the Argos (1964) added its second partial victory and is running for the renewal of the victory obtained in last year’s edition. The crew led by the New York owner Bárbara Trilling once again demonstrated great solvency in their close battle with the Giraldilla (1963), of the Fundación Vela Clásica de España, which they managed to gain a 13-minute lead after time compensation. The Kahurangi (1950), once sailed by legendary sailor Sir Peter Blake, finished third in the day’s race and is in position with one race to go.
Salina Tres (1984), owned by the owner M.Pérez, unseated January Sails (1973), skippered by Gabriel Català, from the leadership of the RI Clásicos class. Both are tied on three points and, as in the Vintage boat category, they will compete for victory on the closing day of the XXVII Illes Balears Clàssics Regatta, the most important vintage sailing competition in Mallorca.
WATERWAY IN EL ROSENDO
The Rosendo (1949), owned by the shipowner Eduardo Jardón, suffered a leak on the way to port after the regatta. The quick intervention of the Committee’s launch, which towed it to the Audax Marina slipway, at the Real Club Náutico de Palma, prevented it from sinking. A Maritime Rescue vessel was mobilized in the rescue. The Rosendo is one of the most valuable active pieces of Mallorcan naval heritage. The boat was built by Mestre d’aixa Pau Ferrer in his workshop in Santa Catalina.
Ricardo Rubio (Giraldilla): “It has been a complicated day with quite a few rolls, with ups and downs of wind. A beautiful day of racing. It is very difficult to catch up with the ship ahead of us, the Argos. If we could keep second place, it would be fantastic because it is the first regatta we have participated in and we did not expect to be so high up on the table”.
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