The Real Club de Regatas de Alicante presented the 28th edition of TabarcaVela Diputación de Alicante on Friday at the Generalitat Valenciana stand at Fitur. This high-level cruiser regatta is included in the calendar of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and will take place from July 18 to 21, featuring nearly a hundred crews.
This year, TabarcaVela introduces two significant novelties. Firstly, there will be a regatta for the ORC Double Handed class, starting from Valencia on Tuesday, July 9, and finishing in Alicante with a 100-mile route. Secondly, the incorporation of the ClubSwan 42 class, following the interest shown by several teams in participating in the regatta.
The ORC class will be divided into four categories, in addition to ClubSwan and the J22 one-design boats competing for the Alicante City & Beach Trophy in the women’s category, along with the Dragon class one-design boats.
Miguel López Barbero, President of the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante, expressed great satisfaction with “the qualitative and quantitative leap that TabarcaVela, our annual flagship regatta, has taken. We want to continue growing and offering the best to our members, the city of Alicante, and those who visit us to participate in our regattas so that they feel at home.” He emphasized the contribution that “the regatta makes to the club’s commitment to the city as an element of nautical-sporting tourism.”
Núria Sánchez Nomdedeu, Director of TabarcaVela, explained that “TabarcaVela continues to grow, and that’s why we wanted to take a step further. The week after the Trofeo de la Reina, boats with Two-Handed configuration that wish to do this crossing between Valencia and Alicante will also have the opportunity, with their own trophy in TabarcaVela.” She added, “This year, we are incorporating the ClubSwan 42 class, after some Swans like Pez de Abril, Seabery Dralion, and Porrón participated in recent editions. We have decided to give them their own class, which the fleet has welcomed. We expect good participation from this class, which has shown a willingness to come to Alicante.”