The recognition by the organisers of the Copa del Rey, and undoubtedly all those who competed and were involved in the regatta, for the air sea rescue service, the air force and the crew of the yacht Seahawk, which saved the life of 84-year-old Jacinto Rodriguez last weekend, was the perfect gesture to bring the prestigious week-long sailing event to a close.

Yes, there was the prize-giving ceremony, but this year’s regatta was to a certain extent dominated by Rodriquez’s amazing story which made him "the hero of the regatta".

The decision was a great gesture of solidarity for all those individuals involved in taking care of their fellow seafarers who are very often ignored yet probably play the most vital role when it comes to ensuring safety and saving people’s lives while risking theirs.

The Copa del Rey never ceases to impress the global world of yachting and to also boost Palma's image as one of the nautical capitals of Europe.

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