The Mediterranean racing season begins every year in PalmaVela (Majorca, Spain), offering its bay a world-renowned stage. It is not a coincidence that since May 4th 140 boats from 17 countries compete in 16 classes distributed in three course areas.
It is a great event where Big Boats (MINI MAXI Class and Wally Class), Monotypes (Swan, Dragon, J 80 and FF) and ORC / IRC, and even Classic Boats and Hansa 303 Disabled Sailing. It is an authentic Mediterranean sailing festival, where more than 1,000 amateur and professional sailors crave race after the winter break. It’s time to check the technical improvements on the boats, test new sails and reconnect the new crew … but still thinking about winning the prized trophy, the first multiclass Grand Slam.
This year the 12 WALLY CLASS boats will be the big players in the Bay of Palma due in large part to the absence of the TP52s. The ultra competitive monohulls are usual protagonists in PalmaVela, but this year they do not go to Mallorca, due to their own 2017 52SuperSeries calendar.
After the first two events in Key West and Miami, the third call of this fleet is the TP52 World Championship. It will take place in Scarlino (Tuscany, Italy) just a few days later than PalmaVela giving no time enough to prepare their own Grand Slam. In Scarlino will compete 11 aspirants to the title that defends Quantum Racing.
The American team has won the title 5 times, while RAN (SWE) and Azurra (ITA) have lifted it once each. Taking advantage of its status as a local ship, Azzurra will try to win back to its maximum rival. The duels between Azzurra and Quantum Racing have a long and exciting history. To be continued in Scarlino….