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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

XXVII Trofeo Almirante Conde de Barcelona - Palma

Palma de Mallorca, August 17, 2011

The first scoring round of the Trofeo Conde de Barcelona got underway today in ideal sailing conditions with the Bay of Palma bathed in sunshine.
Photo: © Txema Oliver
The fleet set off at 1300 in a light 5 knot south, southwest wind that built to 10 knots later in the day when the embat (local thermal wind) kicked in the traditional thermal wind called embat. 

Unlike previous editions, the first stage has seen different results in each class: the first to do so have been the "Spirit of Tradition", followed by the lateen sail and sailing away with the "Marconi" and "Crab". 

It's a way to undertake the test on equal terms and allows each class a smooth journey. By1700 hours all yachts had returned to their moorings opposite the promenade of Palma in front of the Auditorium.

Sunset is when the sailors contemplate the beauty of these treasure ship's maritime history and experiences of many years. The Tigris, for example, in 1899, the Kelpie, 1903, or the Spirit of Cariba, 1912. 

This year the level of the boats is remarkable because most are over 15 metres in length and are all moored in the Race Village. 

The regatta base stays lively well into the evening as the ships provide Palma with a stunning backdrop.

Lulu Roseman

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