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Superyachts and Powerboats – Ibiza’s Summer of Excess

Published on April 9, 2014 by   ·   1 Comment

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With the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and an eight million euro overhaul of the Port of Ibiza planned for summer 2014, this Spanish Island is in for a spell under the luxury nautical spotlight.

5_2First to cruise into town is the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, which was established back in 1964.  Ibiza is a new and exciting venue for this sport, joining Bulgaria, Italy and the UAE for the 2014 season, and will host its three-day Grand Prix weekend from 5 to 7 September.  Regarded as the pinnacle of international offshore powerboat racing, a premium sporting brand to match its Moto GP and Formula 1 cousins, the twin-engined raceboats of Class 1 can reach speeds in excess of 250km/h and the ‘travelling circus’ will certainly make its presence felt when it comes into town towards the end of the summer.5_3

Just one week after the powerboats leave the island, work will begin on the Port of Ibiza’s eight million euro facelift.  The project will demolish the old disused ferry terminal and in its place create a large 5,000m² public square, a 400m² building housing storage, changing rooms, offices, a tourist office and public bathrooms, plus a 200m² street-level terrace.  Road traffic and parking spaces will be restricted to the essential minimum and a cycle path will connect the Port to the City.  Work will commence on 15 September and finish in May 2015, ready for the next summer season.  Chairman of the Balearic Port Authority, Alberto Pons, said that once the upgrade was complete, this superyacht haven would be amongst “the best in the Mediterranean, if not the best”.

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Glynn Evans, Managing Director of local high-end agent, Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty, says, “Ibiza is known for many things, for being home to partygoers at Pacha and Privilege, upwardly mobile jetsetters at world-famous beach clubs and middle class yoga fanatics staking out the gorgeous countryside, but the Island isn’t usually known for superyachts and powerboats – until now.  In 2014 we will be lucky enough to experience it all from our waterfront Marina Botafoch office, as will millions of others as Class 1 is being televised globally.  I am certain the world will be impressed by our gem of a White Isle.”

http://www.portsdebalears.com/141.php3?puerto=2&idioma=eng

http://www.class-1.com/

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Petra Thonemann says:

    Hello,

    can you give me the contact-dates (Name, Email-address) of the persons, who organize the Powerboat Race in summer 2014? Thank you very much.
    Kind regards,
    Petra




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