Once again we come to the quiet period, when there‘s only one regatta between the two print dates. Unfortunately, Lliga de Invierno 2, planned for February 2, was blown off by the tempests that swept Mallorca that weekend.
We’re now ramping up for a busy summer, with March and April seeing the completion of the Lliga de Invierno series, followed by the Spring Points Series in Pollensa.
We then load up or trailers for the annual trek to RCNP and Palma Vela. This is always a great regatta, and this year is shaping up to be a real nail biter as crews use this competition to prepare for the Worlds in September. At the time of writing, we have more boats entered than the J80, Dragon and Viper fleets combined – and more still coming!
June sees the Mallorca Championships – which again will be close series with crews eager to qualify for the Worlds. At the end of the month, we have this year’s Hugh Wilson Trophy, which takes us around Pollensa bay, with lunch between legs 2 and 3. This is really a bit of a rally, and Le Mans starts are not unknown! Always a fun day.
In July, we have the fuego series, with its famous triangular courses, which place the emphasis on crew-work and boat handling. The month ends with the Scandy Cup, sponsored by Scott and Andy of Ffiel Good.
And so to the Worlds; these will be at the beginning of September, in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. The venue is close to Dublin and we have six places allocated to Spain. Hot contenders for the places are Ffiel Good, fuego fatuo, Puffin, Stormtrooper IV and Wight Flyer, with several other boats vying for a place in the squad. Team fuego will be chartering a boat in Ireland, the others plan to make the long trip in convoy. Ferry to Barcelona, drive across Spain and France, then an 18 hour ferry to Ireland. Or maybe the 26 hours ferry from Santander to Cork – less driving!
Of course, we’ll also have our regular weekend regattas throughout the year, culminating in the Balearic Championships on October 18. Come join us, arrange for a trial sail in The Original Sports Boat!
|16 March||Lliga de Invierno 4||Pollensa|
|30 March||Spring points series 1||Pollensa|
|9 May||Palma Vela||Palma|
|8-9 June||Mallorca Championships||Pollensa|
|2 September||World Championships||Dún Laoghaire, Ireland|
|18 October||Balearic Championships||Pollensa|
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