The Most Popular Sailing Events in Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca has become well-known throughout the yachting industry as one of the major sailing hubs in the Mediterranean thanks to state-of-the-art ports and a plethora of marine service companies to service and look after the yachts and boats that arrive. Many of the world’s biggest superyachts choose to sail around the islands to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the sailing conditions of the Mediterranean attract some of the most important sailing events to our shores.
The events calendar for the sailing industry is one of the most active on the islands with numerous trade shows, races and regattas taking place throughout the year. Many of the dates are subject to change and some of the events will take place in a slightly different way from previous years but here we have a look at the events that are, so far, due to go ahead in 2021.
Races & Regattas in Palma
Throughout the year, sailing boats arrive in droves to the ports of Palma to participate in some of Europe’s most famous and competitive races and regattas that take place just off the coast of the capital.
The Superyacht Cup
The Superyacht Cup celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. This event attracts sailors from all over the world to race around the Bay of Palma whilst spectators and crew watch on from the regatta village. The race is due to take place between 23-26 June 2021.
The 39 Copa del Rey MAPFRE
The 39 Copa del Rey MAPFRE is one of the highest-level sailing regattas in the Mediterranean. The event has been organised by Real Club Náutico de Palma since 1982 and is sponsored by MAPFRE with members of the Spanish Royal Family often competing. The race is due to take place between July 31-August 7 2021.
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The regatta is organised every year by the Club de Mar-Mallorca (CDM), with the approval of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and showcases classic yachts as they race around the Bay of Palma. The 26th edition of the race is due to take place between 11-14 August.
Oyster Palma Regatta
The Oyster Palma Regatta is an opportunity for up to 30 Oyster yachts and their owners and crew from over 15 countries to race over four days in the Bay of Palma. The event takes place at Real Club Náutico de Palma with the Oyster technical team on hand to assist before and during the races. The event is due to take place between 27 September-1 October 2021.
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía
The Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía takes place every year at various locations around Palma including Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Real Club Náutico de Palma and Escuela Nacional de Vela Calanova. This race attracts over a thousand sailors from around the world who all compete at Olympic Level to receive the coveted trophy that is historically presented by Queen Sofia. The event is due to take place between 2-9 October 2021.
Ibiza Joysail 2021
STP Shipyard Palma and Marina Ibiza will join together to create an exciting new and safe regatta. Ibiza JoySail will host boats of 24m in length and upwards starting with a race from STP dry dock in Palma across to the island of Ibiza, followed by individual coastal races around Ibiza and Formentera. There will also be a range of activities to take part in around the main regatta. The event is due to take place from 14-17 October 2021.
Palma Vela 2021
Boats from different classes compete in this regatta every year to showcase all types of yachts from huge sailing yachts to smaller vessels and classic boats. Hosted by Real Club Náutico de Palma, the event has become one of the most important regattas on the calendar. The event is due to take place between 27-31 October 2021with the Offshore Race of Palmavela for boats equal to or more than nine meters in length taking place between 22-26 October 2021.
TP 52 World Championship
The TP52 World Championship is the world’s leading grand prix monohull yacht racing circuit that takes place every year in Europe. The Palma race features a selection of these light yachts that all have a high power to weight ratio that delight spectators and sailors with the speed at which they can move. The event is due to take place between 2-6 November 2021.
Exhibitions & Trade Shows in Mallorca
The Balearic Yacht Show
The Balearic Yacht Show is the first of its kind and is a secure meeting place where exhibitors and visitors can experience the marine sector virtually by using the latest technology to create a platform to meet and interact with the biggest players in the industry. This year it has joined forces with the Palma International Boat Show to create the first hybrid yachting event in the Mediterranean.The event takes place online annually usually at the same time as the Palma Boat Show.
The Palma International Boat Show
The Palma International Boat Show is one of the most anticipated events in the Balearic Islands for the yachting industry and marine professionals. Leading companies, huge superyachts, captains and crew all mingle to share industry news, network and discover the latest in marine technologies. The event takes place every year between April and May.
More Yachting Events in Mallorca
Aside from the events that take place in Palma, there are many other regattas, races and sailing events that take place in other ports around the islands including Puerto Portals, Ibiza and Menorca. Some of the most well-known are the Dragon European Championship, La Ruta de la Sal and the Ibiza Gold Cup.
Whether you’re an avid sailor, a yacht aficionado or just looking to admire the beautiful spectacle of hundreds of sails at sea, Palma is a one-stop destination for all things yachting.