For five days, from May 21st to May 25th, the waters off Menorca’s capital city Mahon will have played host to twelve of the most spectacular yachts in the Mediterranean. Nine Wallys and three J Class yachts will have taken part in the inaugural Menorca Maxi.
The event is an initiative of the Island Council of Menorca and is organized by Club Marítimo de Mahon, with the support of Port of Mahon, one of the Mediterranean’s biggest and most beautiful ports.
Of the nine Wallys in Menorca, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Magic Carpet 3, a WallyCento, will have hit the water as the favorite, having dominated the season’s opening event in the Palma Vela with three bullets and two second places in six races. She will have been up against another WallyCento, Thomas Bscher’s Open Season (the former Hamilton), that features a crew of Olympic and America’s Cup champions.
Three J Class yachts will have raced in Menorca for the first time; Hanuman, Lionheart and Ranger. Launched in 2009, Hanuman is the reincarnation of the 1937 Endeavour II and won the 2013 Superyacht Cup. Lionheart is based on Harold Vanderbilt’s project in the 1930’s as is Ranger, a copy of the 1934 America’s Cup winner.
We will include a report on the event on our website www.theislander.net