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Hublot PalmaVela – the wind in our sails!

The 2009 edition of the Hublot PalmaVela race was recently held in the bay of Palma in superb conditions, and this year took on a new dimension, thanks to the noticeable presence of 20 Maxis. The regattas organised by the Real Club Nautico de Palma, and sponsored by Hublot, are the first on the Mediterranean circuit to bring together so many different classes of boats. No fewer than 20 Maxis – a record number – were present on the starting line to compete against each other, heralding the beginning of the season. They offered a magnificent show to the many spectators present.

Wally, Swan, TP52, J80, paralympic sailing series for handicapped competitors and other classic boats – 200 boats in all – took part for four days in the Hublot PalmaVela regatta, on courses with names inspired by Hublot, such as King Power, Big Bang or Classic Fusion. Five boats also took the opportunity of this event to take to the water for the first time. An auspicious christening!

This was yet another opportunity for the watchmaker to consolidate its image, connected to the world of yachting, by its very active presence within the Royal Nautical Club of Palma de Mallorca. The winners of each category received a Hublot watch engraved with “Hublot PalmaVela 2009” – a highly coveted trophy which motivated the crews to pass the finishing line first! The very best world regatta competitors came together at Palma, and they all gave their best to win a place on the podium.

During the evening organised by Hublot – the sponsor - each participant also contributed to helping the Smiling Children Foundation which is supported by Hublot. Each euro spent on the purchase of drinks was donated to this association, a partner of the brand. Other sailing projects are in preparation for Hublot, in particular the Copa del Rey (Palma de Mallorca) at the beginning of August and the Classic Week (Monaco) in September. The watchmaking company, whose name was predestined to the nautical world, clearly has the wind in its sails!