By Humphrey Carter

THIS week, one of the most spectacular classic yacht races in the world will be taking place in Palma.
The 24th Conde De Barcelona regatta, organised by the Hispania Foundation, gets under way on Monday but classic yachts from alllover the globe started arriving in Palma yesterday and the fleet will be moored up in front of the Auditoriumon the Paseo Maritimo for the public to see.

Yachts taking part are divided into three classes: Period vessels (launched before December 31, 1949), Classic (launched between January 1, 1950 and December 31, 1975) and replicas which are boats designed during the said periods but launched later. They have been constructed following the original plans and using the same techniques and materials of the period in which the yacht was originally designed. Racing will continue all week in the Bay of Palma and on Sunday, before the prize giving ceremony, the traditional sail past will take place in the presence of a member of the Spanish royal family, traditionally King Juan Carlos of Spain.

During the regatta, there will be a host of activities going on at the regatta camp which has been set up on the Paseo Maritimo.
However, the most exciting and interesting feature of the regatta are the classic yachts, many of which form important parts of yachting history.
The Royal Hispania Foundation for Vintage Boats came into being in pursuit of the philosophy of the late Don Juan de Borbón, the father of the current King of Spain, of recuperating the many semi-abandoned boats that litter ports and beaches.

The main purpose of the Royal Hispania Foundation for Vintage Boats is to promote the restoration and conservation of Vintage Boats, as well as spreading knowledge about them, in an attempt to recover our Maritime Cultural Heritage.


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