King Felipe VI of Spain Competes in The 40TH Copa del Rey MAPFRE Sailing Regatta

King Felipe VI of Spain competes in Copa del Rey sailing regatta

After King Harald V of Norway's participation in the Sailing Regatta competition in Geneva, Switzerland, another European monarch competed in a similar event, this time in the Balearic Islands in Spain.

King Felipe VI, a keen sailor who, just like the Norwegian king, was a former Olympian in the sailing event, participated in the 40th edition of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE sailing regatta in Mallorca, Spain.

King Felipe VI at the helm of Aifos during the sailing regatta competition
©Ballesteros for Mallorca Daily

The 54-year-old Spanish king combined work and pleasure during his family vacation in Palma de Mallorca. The Spanish royals have been on the island for their summer holiday break since July 28, 2022. 

His Majesty attended a series of public engagements in Balearic islands, where Palma de Mallorca is located, at the same time nurturing his passion for sailing. 

The sailing race and the family summer break in Palma de Mallorca are the only moments where the royal fans and members of the public get an opportunity to see the "Adonis" king in his most casual look. 

King Felipe VI at the helm of Aifos during the sailing regatta competition

Just like his father, King Juan Carlos of Spain who returned home in May to participate in a sailing regatta in Galicia, King Felipe VI annually competed in the Copa del Rey Sailing Regatta aboard his sailboat, Aifos, with his crewmates. He is always the Skipper (captain) of his team during competition.

King Felipe VI during the sailing regatta in Mallorca

King Felipe VI, who is dubbed as "the Adonis" of European royalty due to his athletic physique and height (he is so far the tallest male royal in Europe at 6 feet 6 inches tall), always find time for his sailing passion during the summer holiday in Mallorca.

Copa del Rey MAPRE Sailing Regatta

Mallorca hosted the 40th edition of the Copa del Rey MAPRE Sailing RegattaIn this edition of the world-class sailing competition, 111 teams from 20 nationalities in different categories are competing.

Participants in the sailing regatta in Mallorca. Photo: Copa del Rey website

The competition took the participants over six days, competing in numerous stages in the Bay of Palma, in the Balearic islands of Spain.

Only July 31, 2022, King Felipe VI of Spain arrived at Real Club Nautico in the bay of Palma, He boarded AIFOS 500 sailboat later with his crewmates to start their training exercises in preparation for the actual competition. 

The king and his crewmate on their way to Palma bay

The Spanish monarch completed his first day competing in the 40th-anniversary edition of the Copa del Rey sailing regatta at the Real Club Nautico in Palma on August 3, 2022.

King Felipe VI during training exercises aboard the sailboat Aifos

After having arrived shortly after 11:00 in the morning, he spent the day in the bay of Palma with his 14-strong crew on board the Spanish navy’s Aifos 500. He is known as SM D.Felipe De Borbon when competing in the sailing regatta.

King Felipe VI served as his team's skipper. He is pictured at the helm of Aifos500 on day 3
 of the competition © Nico Martínez / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

The competition will end today, August 6, 2022, with scores of each team from day 1 to day 6 will be carried over to the final race. The results will be released at the end of the day today. King Felipe's team is part of the BMW ORC 1 class.

The King (center) at the opening ceremony of the 40TH Copa del Rey MAPFRE sailing regatta

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