Sunday, December 5

«Trifork» won the La PalmaVela IRC high-altitude regatta with a time of 21 hours and 45 minutes




The boat Trifork, owned by the owner Joern Larsen, was the fastest to complete the PalmaSail high-altitude regatta. The Danish VO70, converted into a machine for spraying marks in high-altitude regattas, made the 220 nautical mile route between Palma, Dragonera, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera, arriving in front of the Cathedral of Mallorca, in a time of 21 hours and 45 minutes, and set the first record in the history of this competition, recently released by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, as part of the PalmaVela program.

Larsen and his crew also prevailed in time, compensating their only rival in the IRC class, the Pelotari Project, by Jonsi Seguí, who stopped the clock in 26 hours and 59 minutes, after not being able to overcome the fall of the wind in the complicated upwind section between Cabrera and Cabo Blanco. The Trifork, with its 70 feet in length and its lateral foil, flew over the waters of the Balearic Sea in a regatta against itself. I knew from the beginning that I was going to sail alone and that I needed to get a lot of advantage over the Spanish team to beat them in compensation, as it was. The more than five hours in real time turned into an hour and 43 minutes of advantage after the correction.


The best time in the ‘short’ version, 163 miles (Palma-Dragonera-Tagomago-Cabrera-Palma), was for the Hydra, owned by Oscar Chaves, in the ORC A2 class, with a record of 22 hours and 40 minutes . However, in this case the victory was not for the fastest boat, but for the one that, curiously, crossed the finish line in last position, the First 31.7 Blaumarina, by Miguel Enseñat, which transformed a record of almost 29 hours into a hard-fought victory, the fruit of patience and bomb-proof determination.

The explanation for this fact lies in the difference in lengths (31 feet for the Blaumarina compared to 46 for the Hydra) and that Chaves’ boat, winner of the last Copa del Rey in the ORC 1 class, had to take 144 seconds per mile from your rival. The difference between the two sailboats at the end of the race, and once the correction formula had been applied, was a meager six minutes and 49 seconds in favor of the little one. The Encís, by Antoni Nicolau, completed the podium in ORC A2.

The reward for Blaumarina’s stubbornness for crossing the finish line when other rivals chose to drop out was double: not only did they win in their class, followed by Hydra and Encís, by Toni Nicolau, but in the overall ORC overall, where they were All boats competing under this formula are classified, regardless of their number of crew.


The victory in the full-crew ORC class belonged to another rarely retired boat, Jaume Morrell’s Mestral Fast, which closed the 163-mile course in 27 hours and 657 minutes, gaining a 49-minute lead in compensated on the second classified, the Meerblick Fun, of the point guard Otto Pohlman. Christoh Mann’s Plan B was third. Morell’s crew was third in the ORC overall ranking, behind Hydra.

The 17 PalmaVela, which will be officially presented next Thursday, October 28, at the RCNP, and in which 83 boats of the ORC, Box Rule (TP52), J80, FF, Dragon, Época and Epoca class have already confirmed their participation. Spirit of Tradition, will bring together the majority of participants in the high altitude regatta, a test that, however, has its own independent trophy and whose awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday during a dinner offered by the organization.

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