Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Menorca Maxi - Sailing inside Mahón's stunning bay

by Pierre Orphanidis on 22 May 2014
2014 Menorca Maxi © Jesus Renedo / Consell Insular de Menorca
Following Tuesday's spectacular conditions in Mahón, the Menorca Maxi race committee had to face a more complicated situation on Wednesday. The lumpy sea and light winds that prevailed off the mouth of Mahón's bay meant that boats and gear would have been put under a lot of unnecessary stress on the eve of the regatta. Putting safety to the forefront, the official practice races were cancelled after a short postponement ashore.

Nevertheless, the 12 crews were eager to get a few more miles of testing and trialing under their belts and as a result, offered the hundreds of spectators lining the city waterfront a unique opportunity to watch the spectacular boats sailing inside Mahón's stunning bay. Although sailing inside the bay is strictly prohibited, port authorities made an exception and spectators were in for a treat.

The inaugural Menorca Maxi was officially presented earlier in the morning at the seat of Menorca's Island Council, sponsor of the regatta. Santiago Tadeo, President of Menorca's Island Council, welcomed the 12 teams and expressed his conviction that the event would be spectacular.


Racing at the inaugural Menorca Maxi starts in earnest on Thursday with two windward/leeward races. The first warning signal will be given at 12:30pm CET.

Legendary French sailor Marc Pajot, skipper and tactician onboard Tango G, commented: 'I was here in Menorca last summer on a cruise. The Wally class made an excellent decision in holding a regatta here. It's the start of the season, it isn't crowded, conditions will be good and it's a very beautiful place.'

'Although I have raced on Wallys in the past, this is the first time I do the entire Wally Class season with Tango G, her new owner and a crew that is half French, half Italian. It's a good mixture and our goal is to be the best among the three Wally80's racing here. It's difficult with our rating to beat the bigger boats but we think we can be competitive in the Wally80 fleet.'


'I have never raced on these waters but this shouldn't impede my job as tactician. In fact, we all are professionals here and it's our task to adapt to local conditions. In addition, even when you race in a place you think you know well, you can still make mistakes. You always have to be attentive and opportunistic, wherever you sail.'

Murray Jones, calling tactics on Ranger, was anxious to hit the water for his first regatta ever on a J Class boat but supported the Race Committee's decision to cancel the official practice race: 'The seas were too big and it was quite light wind so it would have been pretty hard for the gear and the boats.'

Commenting on the Menorca Maxi, Jones stated: 'This is the first time I've come here and I was impressed. It is a beautiful sailing area with a nice port. This is also the first time I've sailed on a J Class and this is something I always wanted to do.'


'The Js are incredible, powerful boats and after sailing on multihulls for the last six years, this is something totally different. It's a completely different style of sailing but it is impressive. My job as a tactician is also totally different. Things happen very slowly but on the other hand, you have to plan well in advance, minutes in advance. With a crew of 26 to 28 people, you need a lot of communication through the whole crew to prepare the next manoeuvres and very often you can't change your mind quickly.'

'After all, this is sailing as well. You still need to spot the windshifts, you just do things differently.'

The event is an initiative of the Island Council of Menorca and is organized by Club Marítimo de Mahón, with the support of Port of Mahón, one of the Mediterranean's biggest and most beautiful ports. Being chosen by two of the world's most prestigious superyacht classes is a clear demonstration of Menorca's know-how and ability to hold world-class sailing events.

Protector - 660 x 82Southern Spars - 100C-Tech

Related Articles

BIRW - Day 5 - All good things must come to an end
Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his team. Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on the dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his jubilant team. Lewis and his crew on Kenai had just pulled off a stunning comeback and somewhat surprising upset, doing so in dramatic fashion.
Posted today at 7:30 am
Racing is underway at C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta
Twenty one boats registered for C. Thomas Clagett Regatta greeted with an established Southerly breeze in Newport today The twenty one boats registered for the 15th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta were greeted with an established Southerly breeze in Newport today. The race committee held a morning briefing and sent the fleet out to the race course which was set between Rose and Goat Island.
Posted today at 4:05 am
52 Super Series - Audi Sailing Week - Azzurra fights but doesn't win
Azzurra is having bad time of it in home waters, hasn’t been able to get results at Audi Sailing Week - 52 Super Series Azzurra is having a bad time of it in her home waters and hasn’t been able to get results at the Audi Sailing Week -52 Super Series. Today’s two races were won by Quantum and Gladiator.
Posted today at 3:24 am
52 Super Series - Audi Sailing Week - Better never stops
Wednesday’s transgression may be two days behind them. Today they climbed to top of Audi Sailing Week standings Wednesday’s transgression may be two days behind them. Today they climbed to the top of the Porto Cervo 52 Super Series Audi Sailing Week standings, sailing one, three, one, four since they retired on from the first day’s coastal race due to an error, but Quantum Racing’s hard driving tactician Terry Hutchinson has in no way put the opening day mistake behind him.
Posted today at 1:48 am
Audi Sailing Week - TP52 Super Series – Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races four and five Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races four and five
Posted on 23 Jun
KZ Racefurlers make mark on Volvo Ocean Race, GC32's, TP52's and more
KZ Racefurlers has had a busy first half of the year in 2017. KZ Racefurlers has once again been selected as the Furler of choice for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18. This news builds on our longstanding relationship with the Volvo Ocean Race, and we look forward to working with the Boatyard and the teams again to ensure that they have the best furling gear available to race around the world with the confidence in a strong and reliable product.
Posted on 23 Jun
Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to the beautiful Madeira Islands
12 two-man teams will compete in the first stage of their 2017 season, which will continue throughout the year. Alongside the main GC32 Stadium Racing action, for the first time in the Series' history, the Flying Phantom Series will take flight as part of the on-water line-up, promising a festival of foiling for locals and tourists that is not to be missed.
Posted on 23 Jun
A Few Rays – Moisturising, Anti-Aging Action …
Consistent moisturising sun protection has an anti-aging action Consistent moisturising sun protection has an anti-aging action Out on a boat, sailors are exposed to extreme conditions for their skin. There are UV rays from the sun, hopefully some wind if you are a sailor, and the drying effects from wet and dry cycles during the course of your day
Posted on 23 Jun
Kiel Week - What a difference a day makes
After opening day was blessed with gorgeous sunshine and breeze, albeit shifty, Thursday was a massive contrast. After the opening day of the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships was blessed with gorgeous sunshine and a seven - nine knot breeze, albeit shifty, Thursday was a massive contrast.
Posted on 23 Jun
Highlights from the 'Racing Forward' forum
The highlights from the 'Racing Forward' forum at the Hamilton Princess brought to you by PwC Bermuda and America's Cup The highlights from the 'Racing Forward' forum at the Hamilton Princess, Bermuda on Tuesday 20 June, brought to you by PwC Bermuda and the America's Cup. The panel featured two fantastic sailors, who also happen to be women and part of the core group from The Magenta Project, Abby Ehler and Libby Greenhalgh. I was lucky enough to be the moderator for the panel,
Posted on 23 Jun