The 36th Copa del Rey MAPFRE
The rather upmarket circus that is the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) returns to Mallorca for the 36th time at the end of this month and it's already a record breaker. This year the organisers expect to have 140 teams from 24 different nations competing in the world famous event, beating the previous best of 136 teams in 2015.
There's certainly a royal theme running through the regatta which takes place at the Royal Nautical Club of Palma, organised by the Spanish Royal Sailing Federation and usually counting on the presence on the course of His Royal Highness, The King of Spain.
From 29th July to 5th August the facilities of the Nautical Club and the seas of the Bay of Palma will be awash with billowing sails, heaving (in the nicest possible way) sailors and friendly competition as the many different classes and sizes of fine sleek sailing vessels compete during the long hot days.
These days there's more to sailing than hoisting the mainsail and waiting for a high tide. A whole social village for sponsors, competitors and visitors will pop up on the port side with shops selling Copa del Rey merchandise, including some unique special edition polo shirts (make sure you keep the collar turned up) and other seafaring clothing, and some out of this world catering courtesy of The Singular Kitchen. Purobeach has chipped in to become the official relaxing beach club of the event and the Club de Mar's Picco is the official Disco for the shindig.
There isn't a finer sight than hundreds of sails billowing in the sea breeze on the sparkling Mediterranean sea, so have a wander down to the port in Palma to see the mariners arrive and depart, and if you have binoculars so much the better.