Palma Venue Guide

Get the insider's guide to this stunning Spanish racing venue from top coach Jim Saltonstall
I have been to Palma on numerous occasions, primarily for Olympic class regattas and training events, but also for some European and World championships. More recently I’ve been winter training with the Etchells class. How to get there It’s a great venue, very popular with the majority of sailors, whether at the event or in training mode. To get there from the UK is at least a one-day camel ride towing your ship from La Havre to Barcelona, with motorway all the way. There are options through the north coast of France, as well as the route from Plymouth to Santander or Bilbao, should you wish to do less mileage in the car. Whichever route you take, it's a long way, but well worth the journey once you are there. This is one of those trips where the competitors fly in, whilst another drives the car and the ship down - in the perfect world. If you are driving as well as competing, allow yourself a couple of days’ recovery so as to recover both physically and mentally from the trip. There are ferry options from Barcelona to Palma, fast or slow. You pay your money and as always on these occasions, you get what you pay for, it’s up to you whether you require the fast or slow trip across, also on your budget for the event. Whilst crossing, keep a weather eye open for both the French / Spanish fleets as they may be in the plundering mood! When you get there Palma offers three main clubs which host the events, Calanova, which is just to the west of the main marina, the Marina itself for the keelboats and Club Arenal to the south-east of the city at the other end of the bay. The dinghy classes normally operate from Club