The first race of the acclaimed Spanish “Copa del Rey” regatta will commence this weekend, seeing King Juan Carlos of Spain yet again competing for the coveted trophy. The King was the proud winner of last year's event on Bribon XII, and although he was beaten in the Breitling Regatta last weekend by his son Prince Felipe, hopes are high that he can beat off the competition for a victory this year. This event will be the 20th Copa del Rey (Kings Cup) and is organised by the Real Club Nautico de Palma. Races will be held in the bay of Palma from the 28th of this month until the 5th of August. Boats participating in the regatta will be IMS class cruisers and the racing will be split into two fleets. The division is made according to hull lengths. This gives the smaller boats more options during racing and also permits a more exact wind application for each leg of the race, and consequently results in a fairer competition.


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