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Ibiza Rendezvous brings back old style regatta

Published on August 8, 2014 by   ·   No Comments


In 1993, Spike Thompson and Patrick Whetter established Vela 2000, a Company that produced sails for superyachts worldwide including the likes of Salperton, African Queen and Sunrise.

Operating out of a magnificent loft in Alaro, north of Palma, yachts en-route to the Caribbean after a long Med season would congregate at Spike’s for a pit stop and party, so much so that he built an extra floor in the loft to squeeze everyone in.


“After a few years we thought we had better have a regatta to go with the party, so the event was born.”  That ‘event’ was The Superyacht Cup Palma, which started in 1996 and enjoyed its 18th year of racing this year.

Spike is now embarking on his next regatta adventure, this time in neighbouring Ibiza, and the inaugural Ibiza Rendezvous.


The official marketing blurb says, “Let me take you back, right back, to when the focus of a regatta was the fun without all the formalities, to the camaraderie and competitiveness shared between sailors, to the essence of yacht racing and the inclusion of all boats.  This is the ethos of the ‘Ibiza Rendezvous’.

Spike Thompson, founder of the Superyacht Cup, the first and longest-running superyacht regatta in the world, is behind this hottest new event in the racing calendar, with the aim “to bring back the fun”.”


We would argue that as soon as you put sailing, yachties, alcohol and sunshine together in one place, fun is pretty much guaranteed (believe me, we’ve witnessed it first hand on enough occasions) but we understand Spike’s point that perhaps a few too many rules and formalities have crept into the more prestigious regattas on the yachting calendar.  So he has decided to tear up the rule book altogether for the Rendezvous and allow all boats to attend – yep motor and sail.


Running from 8 to 11 October this year, cunningly coinciding with the last big party week of the season, the Ibiza Rendezvous will be the Island’s first ever superyacht regatta, with the ambitious addition of 50ft-plus sailing yachts in their own class, and the ‘enemy’ – the motoryacht.




Signed-up to join the fleet so far are 33.4 metre classic sailing yacht ‘Silver Spray’, 2007-launched 30.19 metre Southern Wind ‘Rapture’, 45 metre Perini Navi- and Ron Holland-designed sloop ‘Clan VIII’, 39.92 metre Royal Huisman ‘Maria Cattiva’ and 22 metre Sunseeker ‘Heatwave’.


The Rendezvous will have latest-generation five-Blue-Star Marina Ibiza as its home port.  This is the Island’s see-and-be-seen marina with amazing views across to the capital city’s mediaeval Dalt Vila (high town) and host to cabaret-nightclub celeb hangout Lio (from the Pacha team) as well as Blue Marlin and Cappuccino Grand Cafe.


After registration on 8 October, race days will take place on 9, 10 and 11 October, and include courses around Formentera and the private island of Tagomago to the east of the magical mystical rock of Es Vedra.  A full-on Ibizencan beach party will close proceedings, set against the backdrop of a classic Ibiza sunset.  This is a chance for yacht owners and crew to end their Mediterranean summer and celebrate in style.





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