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The first edition of the Ibiza JoySail regatta was a success, with this edition's competitors intending to return for next year’s event which will be held from 22nd to 25th September 2022. The Swan 115 Moat was crowned winner of this competition for maxis and superyachts, held in the waters of Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Ibiza JoySail is a regatta that sets off from STP in Palma towards Marina Ibiza, covering a route of about sixty nautical miles between the Cape of Punta Figuera and the island of Tagomago. Moat was the first ever overall champion, but it was no mean feat, as she started the thrilling final day in a tie with the huge Dubois 120 Bliss.
With courses of around forty miles each, the Swan snatched the nearshore race around the Bay of Ibiza, after the Dubois had won the return leg from Formentera. And taking third place on the podium was the other Swan 115, known as Shamanna.
This was the first time that a race of these characteristics had been held in Ibiza and Formentera, with Ibiza JoySail now becoming part of SYRA (Superyacht Racing Association) and ORC, the regulatory body for issuing certificates and official results.
Juan Ball, owner of winning boat known as Moat, stated that he had “already put the dates in the diary for next year's Ibiza JoySail. The idea is to come to Ibiza and stop off in Porto Cervo and Saint-Tropez. Ibiza is a stunning place and we're really happy to have sailed here. It turned out better than we expected for us because we had a new boat. It was a very pleasant surprise. And the race itself was closely fought and really interesting.”
Joan Vila, Moat's navigator, said, “It's fantastic that regattas like these are being promoted in the waters of Palma and Ibiza. The islands have great racetracks in a spectacular setting. Lots of superyachts winter at STP in Palma, which makes everything much easier for them".
This year's inaugural Ibiza JoySail was sponsored by the Island Council of Ibiza, while its official providers were Seguros Bilbao, Code Cero and more. After just one edition, this regatta has burst onto the international scene as one of the Mediterranean’s most enticing races and will be back next year with even more.
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