The port of Barcelona, ​​stuffed with superyachts for the America's Cup crusing: 300 will dock | News from Catalonia | EUROtoday

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The Port of Barcelona has posted the “full” register its three marinas for the yachts and superyachts that can dock within the metropolis for the America's Cup. For now there are nearly 200 confirmed and paid reservations for boats between 15 and 100 meters in size, with a median of 47 meters per boat (from 40 meters it’s thought-about a superyacht), confirms the sector company BWA Yachting, a accomplice in this system for superyachts of the regatta group and which has been engaged on the occasion for 2 years. The port is on the lookout for house for an additional 100 to dock. They are boats owned by people from the nations of the groups that can take part within the regatta or their sponsors and associated firms. They carry crews of as much as 30 folks and can start to reach in August, with a median keep of greater than a month. The Port Authority of Barcelona (APB) and BWA Yachting guarantee that they can not reveal the names of those shoppers or the price of the moorings, for confidentiality causes. Some of the house owners seem on the Forbes listing, different sources near the occasion reveal.

In addition to those luxurious boats, it is vitally possible that the Spanish navy coaching ship, the Juan Sebastián Elcano, can even cease in Barcelona throughout the regatta. And there can even be dozens of sailboats, some classics that participated many years in the past within the so-called Formula 1 of the ocean and that can star in regattas organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona. The demand for moorings is such that it has unfold to neighboring ports, akin to Badalona or Vilanova i la Geltrú. “We would need three ports,” knowledgeable of those services graphically summarizes, whereas the accomplice company of the America's Cup assures that the competitors attracts boats in “facilities throughout the Catalan coast and even the Balearic Islands.”

Sources from the Port of Barcelona acknowledge that they’ve regarded for “space everywhere.” “We have hung up the sign completely,” says a director of the establishment, who explains that the ships will start to reach in August. The minimal rental interval for a mooring is one month and the second of full capability might be in October, when the Copa del América holds the finals.

Aerial image of the Old Port of Barcelona.
Aerial picture of the Old Port of Barcelona.
Gianluca Battista

In Port Vell, the marinas of Port Vell itself (in entrance of Barceloneta), Marina Vela (subsequent to the breakwater) and Moll de la Fusta might be stuffed with yachts. And the Moll de Levante might be enabled for these giant ships for the primary time (wanting on the sea, to the best of Colón), at present underneath development after the ships not dock there. ferries who journey to the Balearic Islands. The fishermen have even been requested if they might be keen to vary location to realize house: the fishing boats would go from being docked dealing with the Maremagnum, to the inland half, to the marinas that restore boats. Apart from all these marinas, there can even be giant or basic boats on the Port Fòrum: each on the interior and exterior pontoons.

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The basic director of BWA Yachting in Spain and chargeable for the America's Cup venture in Barcelona, ​​Antonella della Pietra, explains that to accommodate all of the demand, “in coordination with the Port Authority” they’re “considering closing agreements with other facilities.” With the marinas and docks of La Fusta and Levante full to capability, an unofficially confirmed possibility might be to make use of the cruise ship docks, whose excessive season doesn’t start till October. The superyachts “will serve both as accommodation and for their owners to sail and witness the races from a closer position during the competition,” notes Della Pietra. And all the time respecting the foundations established by “the Port Authority to guarantee the safety and orderly development of maritime activities.”

Della Pietra assures that the presence of those luxurious ships “will generate significant economic activity” in sectors such because the blue financial system, hospitality, gastronomy, leisure and native tourism, along with “the local companies that will supply these vessels.” And he factors out that the mere presence of the ships will give “international visibility” to town, which can place it as a vacation spot for “maritime events and luxury travel.” The directive factors out that though “this sector may seem elitist, it helps distribute wealth” and creates employment. The company specifies that it has employed 50 folks, and general the keep of the superboats would require extra personnel “in the shipyards, technical assistance companies, painters or electricians.” Crews alone, he offers for example, embrace, along with the captain and sailors, “engineers, stewards, chefs and possibly additional specialized personnel such as masseuses, personal trainers or security personnel, depending on the owner's preferences and the size and purpose of the yacht. ”. Asked in regards to the mooring charges, she assures that they’re confidential information and that, based on “the organization's guidelines, they are extremely contained” and range relying on the situation within the marinas and whether or not they’re measured by meters of size or sq. meters of floor. .

New areas in Badalona and demand in Vilanova

In the port of Badalona they clarify that they can not accommodate megayachts, however they’ll accommodate ships of as much as 40 meters and that they’re making an attempt to create new areas for a “much higher” demand than typical between August and October. “They are reservations from, above all, Italians and French, when in Badalona the clients tend to be German, British and French,” level out sources from the navy, the place additionally they level out that the reservations are from people and likewise charters, firms on the lookout for house for sailboats or catamarans to sail with shoppers. And about Vilanova i la Geltrú, sources from Ports de Catalunya level out that within the giant dock, reservations are from the top of August to the top of October for yachts between 25 and 95 meters lengthy, and on the whole people, with stays of between a month and a month and a half.

A tourist takes photographs of a superyacht docked in Port Vell.
A vacationer takes pictures of a superyacht docked in Port Vell.
Gianluca Battista

Regarding the foreseeable keep of the Juan Sebastián Elcano, the four-masted, 113-meter-long sailboat, Navy sources report {that a} “window of opportunity” is being hunted for the coaching ship to go to Barcelona in September. A query that, on the event of the Boat Show in October, was mentioned throughout a dialog by the Chief Admiral of the Navy, Antonio Piñeiro, and the Mayor Jaume Collboni.

Nautical pageant, with a number of basic regattas and the spectacular J Class

Coinciding with the America's Cup in Barcelona, ​​different basic regattas might be held, organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, ​​some with sailboats from numerous nations that haven’t met in the identical port for years. From September 4 to 7, the XVII Puig Vela Clásica will happen, with sailboats launched between 1949 and 1984, in addition to extra trendy ones. The regatta can even deliver collectively 25 Class 12 sailboats, one of the crucial elegant sailboats, based on consultants, which between 1958 and 1987 competed within the America's Cup. Fifteen boats from the Esmeralda 888 class (September 13 to fifteen) and Maxis (between 18 and 30 meters from September 24 to 29) can even compete. The SuperYatch regatta might be held within the first week of October, for superyachts from 30 meters in size, which can moor on the Port Fòrum; J Class boats will come to Barcelona (October 5 to 11), spectacular sailboats initially from the Nineteen Thirties, with greater than 20 crew members, whose house owners have restored or constructed and which can moor on the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona.

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