The countdown has begun. Today Wednesday, June 16, the Real Club Náutico de Palma officially presented the 39th edition of the Copa del Rey Mapfre and the event was attended by the president of the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Emerico Fuster; the territorial director of Mapfre in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, Ricardo Garzó; the mayor of Palma, José Hila; the president of the Balearic Islands Port Authority, Francesc Antich Oliver; the Minister of Social Affairs and Sports, Fina Santiago; the government delegate in the Balearic Islands, Aina Calvo; and the president of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation, Javier Sanz.
It will undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated editions after the regatta was canceled last summer due to the health crisis caused by Covid-19, and this has been expressed by Emerico Fuster: “The Copa del Rey Mapfre is not just a regatta but an icon of sport and social event in Palma, Mallorca and the Mediterranean, so I am extremely proud to present this 39th edition today after the difficult and complicated year that we have all lived through. Being able to celebrate the Copa del Rey MAPFRE is one more sign that little by little we are returning to our way of living and, furthermore, I can tell you in advance as an exclusive of this press conference, that we have already exceeded one hundred registered, which satisfies us enormously because it was unimaginable at the beginning of this year. “
“Just as we had to postpone it last year due to responsibility, today we have the responsibility to celebrate it, and thus contribute to the economic recovery of our city. The Copa del Rey Mapfre has had a direct impact of 18 million euros in the economy of Mallorca. Our club cannot renounce in these moments so important to the social function that makes it essential for the city “.
For his part, Ricard Garzó, has indicated that “For Mapfre it is an authentic privilege and honor to be able to once again demonstrate our commitment to this sport and to all the participants in this event, which represents so much the company’s values. After a year and some very difficult months, the Bay of Palma will once again become the best setting for this unmissable sporting event for sailing lovers ”.
On July 31 the appointment begins
The 39 Copa del Rey Mapfre will officially begin on Saturday, July 31 with the first two days reserved for confirmation of registrations and registration of participants. It will be on Monday, August 2, when the first of the six days of regatta starts with a total of eleven categories in contention: IRC, BMW ORC 1, BMW ORC 2, BMW ORC 3, ClubSwan 50, Swan 45, ClubSwan 42 , ClubSwan 36, Herbalife J70, the Mallorca Sotheby’s Women’s Cup women’s class that will sail in J80 and the Maxis, who return to the Mallorcan event as a guest class.
The social program, for its part, will focus this year on three key moments: the official presentation to the media, the Shipowners’ Dinner by Mapfre and the trophy delivery ceremony, in each of them strictly complying with the the security and prevention measures against Covid-19 that the health authorities mark.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism