Every spring, over a thousand sailors from 53 countries come to Mallorca to participate in a unique event where the best crews of Olympic sailing compete in the hope of victory and receive from H.R.H.Queen Sofia, the trophy that bears her name. A legendary trophy on which are inscribed the winners of the 43 editions held to date.
The “Sofía MAPFRE” Trophy, also popularly known as the TROFEO SOFIA MAPFRE ISAF SWC MALLORCA, has become over the years a tradition that is part of social and sporting calendar of Mallorca, that feels it as their own and inalienable. A fact that was reinforced with the participation of members of the Royal Family is a fact of their bond with the race.
It is a unique race, almost magical. The Bay of Palma perfect conditions for sailing, together with the warm welcome of the inhabitants of Mallorca, make a competition especially appreciated by those who have ever participated. A race that nobody wants to miss and we all dream to win some day. “The sailors’ event”.
That boys and girls is what a sailing event should look like.
A 200 milles de l'arrivée à Ouessant, c'est par une navigation en mer d'Irlande, avec un vent soutenu d'une trentaine de nœuds soufflant d'Ouest Sud Ouest que Loïck Peyron et les hommes du Maxi Banque Populaire V apportent actuellement la touche finale à leur Trophée Jules Verne. Dans quelques heures, au cœur de la nuit prochaine, les quatorze marins devraient devenir les nouveaux détenteurs du temps de référence autour du monde en équipage*, à la condition d'éviter les derniers écueils qui se dresseront sur leur route. 45 jours et une dizaine d'heures après avoir quitté Brest, l'équipage de la Banque de la Voile s'apprête à y revenir et du même coup, à entrer dans la grande histoire du livre des records.
Beto Pandiani and Igor Bely sailed across the Pacific on a Clairefontaine 25 foot beach cat from South America to Australia. The journey started in September 2007 from Vina del Mar, Chile and ended at Bundaberg, Australia in November 2008. This is one of many videos chronicling their journey. Mais videos. It's funny, I didn't know that I could understand Portuguese.
The Paraw is a double outrigger sail boat found in the Philippines. The paraw is similar to a proa, however, the paraw has two outrigger(s) or katig. With a fresh breeze, and an Ilonggo at the helm, the paraw is a strikingly fast boat, making 20 to 30 kph through the waves.
If you live in Southeast Asia, take a trip to the Philippines and see the amazing Iloilo Paraw Regatta starting February 13th.