THE FLEET'S LARGEST VESSELS WILL RAISE THE CURTAIN OF THE PALMAVELA TODAY


  • The Wallys, Maxis and TP52's will raise the curtain tomorrow Thursday.
  • The rest of the classes will join competition gradually along the week.
  • Races are scheduled to start at 12:00 hours every day.
More than a hundred boats among which some of the most magnificent vessels of the world will compete from tomorrow Thursday the 20th until Sunday the 24th in the Mapfre PalmaVela regatta.
Twelve classes will join competition gradually during the four following racing days. The Maxis are expected to run six races whereas the TP52's schedule foresees eight of them. A total of 120 boats, 1000 sailors, 15 divisions and 15 countries will compete distributed in four racing areas.
Thursday: Maxis and TP52’s
The fleet's largest vessels, the spectacular Maxis and the TP52's, will be the first to go on stage tomorrow Thursday in Palma. More than fifteen boats distributed in the Maxi Wally, Mini Maxi, Maxi Regatta and Maxi Swan make up the Maxi class. 
Italian Esense is one of the most spectacular Maxi Wallies thanks to its 143 feet length which makes her one of the favorites in real time, whereas British Magic Carpet will be the defending champion in compensated time.
Magnificent 107 footer KenoRoad Harbour and 100 footer KNRC are also among the largest vessels of the fleet. 2010 Mini Maxi champion Alegre and Maxi Swan champion @robas will race in the same division.
Some of the strongest TP52 campaigns have also chosen the Mapfre PalmaVela regatta as their seasonal debut, before going on with the Audi MedCup Circuit, the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre and the World Championships in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. The class will feature several new builds as YCCS flagged Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, American Quantum Racing and Swedish RÀN. Spanish Bribón and British Gladiator will also start their season in Palma.

Friday: ORC, IRC, RI, One Design and Vintage and Classic
On Friday the ORC, IRC, RI, One Design and Vintage and Classic will join competition. Aifos of the Spanish Army and Fernando León and Kiko Sánchez Luna's CAM stand out as clear favorites in IRC, together with USA flagged TP52 Pace.
The ORC class counts with a numerous fleet of 31 boats among which Palma flagged Vell Marí also considered one of the favorites to step onto the first place of the podium. Omi II, Pinyol Vermell, Symfony or Mascarat IV will be her main competitors. Petroucha III, Simbad Seis or Modarkes start as clear leaders in RI, whereas the Vintage and Classic boats feature jewels such as Entermise, Marigan or Merengue.
Photo credit: Nico Martínez
With 22 registered boats and the presence of two olympic medalists and a world champion, the One design class J80 proofs its high competitive level. Barcelona 92 gold medallist Catalonian Jose María Van der Ploeg jumps in as helmsman onboard Great Sailing, whereas Atlanta 96 bronze winner Portuguese Hugo Rocha will do so onboard Turismo do Algarve.
J80 world champion Ignacio Camino will be another of the toughest contenders for the title onboard Nextel Engineering, whereas Mapfre PalmaVela defending champion Carlos Martínez will try to clinch this year's trophy too.
Carlos Espinosa's Iurisnauta, Estanislao Carpio's Alcola, Diego Colón's Fierabrás, Javier Sanz's Pro-Rigging or Miguel Pujadas' Eden Hotels, make up the strong majorcan J80 fleet. The Flying Fifteen and Dragón classes will also attend the 2011 edition of the Mapfre PalmaVela, and Disabled Sailing will join competition on Saturday.
Races are due to start daily at 12:00 hours.
http://www.prensarcnp.es/palm2010/principal/index_uk.php
Photo credit: Nico Martínez
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