The very first edition of PalmaVela was held on 29th April 2004. Originally created as a regatta for Maxis, and formerly known as the Maxi Race Week, its debut was eagerly awaited, particularly since it also marked the return of the Maxis to the Bay of Palma after a seven-year absence.
That first edition established the foundations of a regatta, which is characterised by the desire to open, grow and demonstrate the wide range of possibilities that sailing has to offer, and within the same competition includes different ways to feel and experience the sport. This same objective is still the driving force behind PalmaVela 12 years later.
Today PalmaVela is a referential sailing event, not only in Spain, but also throughout the Mediterranean. Its vocation for integration has made its mark in the different sailing sectors. Likewise the event is of great interest to the different monotype fleets, and quite possibly the most eagerly anticipated regatta for many ORC certified boat owners, not to mention the big boat fleets.
These big boat classes have taken part in the regatta since the very first edition back in 2004 and so the impressive boats have never missed an event which is well-loved by owners and crews alike. Both the high quality of the racing and the facilities at the Real Club Náutico de Palma ensure this is an essential fixture on the international racing calendar.
Sail Racing PalmaVela has constantly delivered a high level satisfaction and loyalty from participants in both classes.
The IRC class competes under this popular rating system which has a big international following in worldwide fleets or cruiser-racers. The goal is that any owner with an IRC certificate can compete on equal terms against boats and teams of any different genre or philosophy.
The ORC class is the biggest handicap division of Sail Racing PalmaVela. This class is made up by different sized boats that compete together under the same ORC rating and rules. The large number of boats registered in this class has led the Organising Committee to divide the class into different divisions: ORC 0, ORC 1, ORC 2 ...
These highly competitive grand prix carbon fibre boats with a very powerful power to weight ratio are one of the most exciting and followed classes in the regatta. The TP52s are fast and light and compete in real time: the first crew to cross the finish line wins.
The Swan marque is known globally and these Swan class divisions compete in real time, each appealing to different types of owners, teams and budgets. The J80 one design class was created in the United States in 1993 by J Boats. It is usually crewed by a team of four or five people.
Double-handle Flying Fifteen is a boat designed back in the 40's that has adapted to modern times without losing the philosophy of her designer Uffa Fox. She has managed to maintain its competitiveness without becoming too expensive to maintain nor build.
Crewed by three people, Dragon was designed in 1929 by Norwegian Johan Anker. It was an Olympic sailing class until 1972. Her elegant design and large keel are still the characteristic features of the Dragon.
Graceful and beautiful, even people from outside the sailing world recognise a classic boat when they see her. The great survivors of the golden age, where beauty was prevalent in the lines and shape of the hull and metre upon metre of sail area are unquestionably classics. However, we can also see fine examples of the craftsmanship and skills of bygone eras in modern classics, those boats built using modern methods which carry the shape of the classics but are built more recently using modern techniques and materials.
Disabled sailing is an important fleet in any modern regatta that is open to every expression and philosophy of sailing competition and the sea. After its debut in the Sail Racing PalmaVela, back in 2006, it has been present ever since.