Madrid, July 13 (European Press) –
Almost 70 boats will compete in the 27th TabarcaVela Diputación de Alicante from Friday until next Sunday in the waters of the Gulf of Alicante, which will be the busiest in recent years with the arrival of crews from the United Kingdom, Finland and others. , Holland.
This year’s edition of the TabarcaVela Diputación de Alicante will feature eight categories, ORC1, ORC2, ORC3, ORC4, ORC5, Promo Club, Alicante City & Beach J22 and a Dragon one design. The classes in ORC corrected times are the most numerous, with 48 boats and in it the ORC4 division will be the one with the most (17) boats registered.
The 27th TabarcaVela Diputación de Alicante is the precursor to the Copa del Rey, the setting for the top regatta of the season. This is the case of the DK46 HM Hospitales Hydra (CN El Balís) owned by the shipowner Oscar Chaves. It is the most successful boat of the last decade in the King’s Cup in the first class, ORC1, under the names of Garmin (2009), Maserati (2016), Estrella Damm Sailing Team (2018 and 2019) and Hydra (2021)..
The Catalan boat bears the names of its crew such as Olympic champions Fernando Leon, Kiko Sánchez Luna and Bepote Balestre. And also with vuelta mundista Guillermo Altadill and José Ponce in the cane, among others.
Other Copa del Rey champions will also be present at the 27 TabarcaVela Diputación de Alicante, such as Murcian Swan42 Pez de Abril (CN Portman) owned by shipowner José María Meseguer in ORC 1 and Tanit IV-Medilevel (RCR Alicante) captained by María José Villa and with Nacho Campos At the helm of the ORC Team 2. Among the classes in real time we find in the city and beach of Alicante J22 Dorcia Corveran of Nuria Sánchez Nomideo (RCR Alicante).
Other highlights include the last two absolute champions of the SM la Reina Cup, which was recently held in Valencia, such as Pedro Gil’s Maverta Defcom Seguridad (RCN Torrevieja) taking part in ORC2 and Francisco Miguel’s Enewtec (CN La Isleta) taking part in ORC3.
Julio Bernardeau’s Fandango 300 (Marina Salinas de San Pedro), winner of the Offshore test in Valencia, is another boat to consider, especially on the 30-mile tour of Tabarca Island (Saturday). Truel (CN Dos Mares) from Pedro Egea defends the title he won in the 2022 edition.
The Dragon class debuted at the TabarcaVela Diputación de Alicante after the owner, Vicente García, acquired three units and a new fleet of this class was created at the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante.
Returning to Tabarca is the differential test for the rest of the cruising regatta. Nuria Sánchez Nomedio, Director of the Provincial Council of Tabarca Vila Alicante 27, states that this is the “slogan of the Regatta”. “This year we are going to adapt it to the schedule so that it is held at the time when the weather is the best in the Gulf of Alicante. It is a very beautiful regatta, plus the follow-on boats enjoy it a lot also because it creates a lot of expectations and the sailors some of the big boats really like This form of crossing long regattas, because on other days they already have their windward poles,” he commented.
Among the international fleet will be Jorma Nuutinen’s Sopu Tres from Finland, Yann Lythgoe’s Kim from the Netherlands, both in ORC2 and Britain’s Samir Chami’s Jemila in Promo Club.
Tests will start on Friday starting at 2:00 PM. On Saturday the 15th, at 12 noon, monotypes and on Sunday, at 12 noon. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5:00 pm in the village of sailors RCR Alicante.
Broad social agenda
The regatta will have a social part that includes breakfast and afternoon meals with rice dishes, snacks and concerts. The regattas can be followed live through the TabarcaVela YouTube channel and Alicantí TV.
On Friday, at 9:00 pm, the Shipowners’ Dinner will take place in the Santa Barbara Castle, where the 2023 TabarcaVela Communications Awards will be presented. In this edition, the winners are Josep Margalef at the National Press, with extensive experience in the EFE Agency and Diario AS ; Local press to Alicante Plaza and the Special Award for Photography by Alfred Farry, Dean of Marine Photography and recipient of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award.