Wednesday 4 June 2008

The Peñón de Ifach under full sail

The Real Club Náutico de Calpe will be hosting the 20th Peñón de Ifach Trophy. The competition is held under the endorsement of the Real Federación Española de Vela (Spanish Sailing Association) and the Federación de Vela de la Comunitat Valenciana, (Region of Valencia Sailing Federation) in the waters off Alicante and Formentera.

Since it was first held twenty years ago, the regatta has become the most important event held by the Real Club Náutico Calpe. Nowadays, it is one of the prestigious group of regattas that make up the Campeonato de España de Altura de Cruceros Deep-Water Cruising Championships and thanks to the large number of competitors, it has become one of the most important dates on the national cruising circuit.

The competition is also part of the official calendar and counts towards the 3rd Copa de España de Cruceros RN Cruiser Cup, the Campeonato de España de Altura (Spanish Deep-Water Championships)) and the Campeonato Autonómico de Altura (Regional Deep-Water Championships). 90 vessels (just over four hundred yachtsmen) are expected to take part in the twentieth edition and will set sail from Calpe for the island of Formentera. After a day's rest on the island, the second part of the regatta consists of the stage from Formentera to the port of Calpe.

Once again, the Organising Committee has decided that all vessels taking part should leave at the same time, with 90 vessels sailing across Calpe bay. It will undoubtedly be a spectacular sight.