From the 13th to 19th of July, More than 700 skippers and sailors from 10 different countries of Europe and America (such as France, England, Italy, Malta, Germany, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland and the United States.) will participate in the VII edition of the Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona regatta and the Puig 12M World Championship, one of the most prestigious trophies of the classic sailing Calendar, and unavoidable appointment of the international nautical calendar regattas for classic and vintage yachts.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Puig, Barcelona will host for the first time the simultaneous holding of the VII edition of the Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona and the Puig 12m World Championship, During these days the city becomes a floating museum where 49 yachts unfurled their sails in an event dyed of tradition and modernity, enthusiasts can witness from the coast how this true sea legends paraded at less than a mile from the city, and from the Moll de la Fusta, when resting in the dock.
12mR Puig World Championship
For the first time Barcelona is hosting legendary sailboats from the golden age of the America’s Cup -between the 50s and the 80s- a 12m class or 12 meters class World Championship, the Puig 12mR World Championship. More than a dozen vessels, and internationally recognized with over 100 years of history, were the stars of one of the most splendid periods of the America’s Cup, which took place between the late 50s and the 80s.
The 12 meters, boats between 20 and 23 meters length with a mast of about 26 feet, have played a very significant role in the development of sports sailing of the XX th century and their designs were created by some of the best naval architects in the world: Fife, Burgess, Nicholson and Stephens, among others.
This VII Edition of the Regatta establishes the three classical categories, depending on the design, age and size of the yachts: Época for sailboats launched before the 31st of December 1949; Classics for sailboats launched between the 1st of January 1950 and the 31st of December 1975; and Big Boat for sailboats from previous years but with lengths from 25 meters.
Besides, the 12m boats are organized in five categories: Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional, Vintage and Antique, which are generally subdivided into Vintage(Vintage & Antique): sailboats built before the Second World War; and Modern (Grand Prix, Modern & Traditional): specifically built after 1958 for the America’s Cup, thanks to a change in the rules of the competition.