I love island hopping on beautiful yachts and in the Balearics we are spoilt for choice. Ibiza should be top of your list this spring because White Island Classics, Ibiza’s Classic yacht regatta is back April 25th – 29th. Most of us know Ibiza for it’s hedonistic lifestyle. In April however, the vibe is more relaxed, unspoilt and uncrowded. The Ibiza known only by the locals and we are about to discover it too.
Enter Sebastian Devonshire a British entrepreneur, architect and owner of classic yacht Madrigal whose grandfather first sailed into Ibiza in 1954. Devonshire spent a happy childhood mucking about in wooden boats on the island and wants to share his lifetime pleasure with others by creating a special classic yacht event. He is building his very own field of dreams.
Following the success of the inaugural year in 2017, White Island Classics is returning bigger and better with full support from the local community and new sponsors. Title Sponsor is Lift Ibiza the e-foil brand and the Main Sponsor is Domus Nova Ibiza, a prestigious real estate agency with headquarters in London. Devonshire likes to work with friends and colleagues with whom he has an affinity. A solid team of professionals is forming around the event bringing expertise and energy to his vision. In its first year the regatta attracted a handful of notable classic yachts keen to personally support Devonshire including Marigan, Kelpie of Falmouth, Argos and Es Palmador as well as his own Madrigal.
The iconic skyline of Ibiza’s walled fortress (a Unesco World Heritage Site) provides the perfect backdrop for this event held at Marina Botafoch. It is a small boutique marina on the North shore side of Ibiza’s Port, a popular local spot buzzing with shops, restaurants and bars. Complimentary berthing during the event is included in the registration fee. This is a rare opportunity to berth in the heart of the action and enjoy The White Isle at its best. Come August this is one of the most expensive parking lots in the Mediterranean.
The regatta is a an elegant and informal affair, an intimate gathering of family and friends, old and new, coming together to enjoy the best the island has to offer both on and off the water. This is the perfect pre-Panerai shake down and tune-up race for the serious sailing programs and a welcome opportunity for some vintage vibes and good sailing for those looking for cocktails and classics. The warm easterly wind, the Levante which builds most days makes the flat, turquoise waters between the two islands perfect for racing. RANC will provide an official CIM measurer at the event.
The Welcome Reception and Closing Party will be held in the main tent at the heart of the Regatta Village in Marina Botafoch hosted by Domus Nova Ibiza. The final “Classic Day” is open to the public with stunning vintage cars on display from Ibiza Car Club and an Ibicencan market of traditional crafts and local produce. Look out for an appearance by Ashley Devonshire in his magnificent 1934 Bentley Blower. Following the Prize Giving ceremony, participants will see the regatta out in true Ibiza fashion with music ‘til late!
Sponsors include Lift Ibiza, Domus Nova Ibiza, Alice Widdows Regatta Management, Classic Yacht Info, Moods Ibiza, Casi Todo, Heaven Tents, Marina Botafoch, Federacion Balear de Vela, Club Nautico Ibiza, My Ibiza and Formentera, Ibiza Delivers, Ibiza Preservation Fund, Deliciously Sorted Ibiza, Marina Marbella, Bar Barlovento.
Registration is now open, see The Notice of Race online at www.whiteislandclassics.com Join the conversation on social media @ibiza_regatta #whiteislandclassics
“If you build it, he will come.” Field of Dreams (1989)
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Alice C I’ A Widdows is a Regatta Manager on the classic yacht regatta circuit. A keen yachtswomen and self – confessed island hopping addict, preferably by boat. Meet our Classic Yachting Columnist. You can find more at www.alicewiddows.com and on social media @alicewiddows