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Princesa Sofia Regatta

Over 1200 competitors from around the world in big Palma regatta

One of the many reasons why Palma was declared the best city in the world to live in last week was its seafront location with a great beach and enormous port. If you like the tang of the sea and
the spectacular sight of thousands of boats bobbing in the harbour as giant cruise liners, cargo vessels and ferries to and fro, then just grab a seat at one of the many harbour-side cafes and
relax a while.

From the gigantic cruiser facilities in the west of the city all along the seafront, you'll find boats of all shapes and sizes; fishing vessels, pleasure cruisers for trips around the harbour, the
floating palaces of billionaires, speed boats, and sleek racing yachts.

From tomorrow, they'll be joined by the likes of the small 'sports cars' of the sea, the Laser class which is one of the main competition vessels in the 46th "https://www.facebook.com/TrofeoPrincesaSofia" target="_blank">Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar regatta taking place all week from 28th March until 4th April.

It's a tremendously important event on the world sailing stage for no less than 10 classes of boat which will nearly all feature in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Add the fact that the Palma regatta is
a qualifier for the sailing World Cup and you'll see why it's attracted over 1200 competitors from all over the world with sailors from China, Argentina and Australia coming over to take part.

New this year is the exciting and spectacular kite-surfing competition which takes place at Portixol beach just along the coast – it's a lovely pleasant stroll down the Paseo Maritimo – from Palma,
which may or may not be in the next Olympics as aficionados of the sport are pushing hard for its inclusion. Also on Palma's programme is a paralympic class for disabled sportsmen.

It sounds like it's going to be an interesting event, and there's nothing finer than seeing hundreds of little boats zipping about on the clear blue sea on a fine sunny day. The organisers are
obviously in agreement as they state that Palma's the idea venue because of its mild weather conditions, hotel infrastructure and flight network from Europe. Sounds
like they want to encourage you to take a holiday here!