Costa Blanca News: Miles to go for Altea regatta

GRUELLING: A 370-kilometre round trip. Photo credit: Altea town hall

The 34th edition of 200 Millas A2 regatta will be held between February 28th and March 1st.

Altea’s Club Nautica once again organises the Mediterranean’s most emblematic winter race, an Altea-Ibiza-Altea round trip. The race is also a classifying heat for the Copa de España de Cruceros A2 Spanish championships. It is held at a time of the year when participants face harsh weather conditions at sea, completing a circuit of 200 nautical miles (approximately370.5 kilometres).

The registration period for the race opened last December and so far six boats have signed up for the challenge, although there are several weeks to go before the February 23rd deadline, with more entries expected.

It is also possible to register online at the regatta website:

For the fifth consecutive year, there will be a Clubs Trophy for the yacht club whose team–a minimum of three boats- obtains the best collective result, with last year’s trophy going to the Real Club Nautico de Valencia. This year the regatta again includes the Desafio 24 (24-hour Challenge) for participants completing the Altea-Ibiza-Altea circuit in less than 24 hours.

No-one has won the challenge in 33 years although expert sailors insist that this is not impossible. The 200 millas A2 trophies will once again be silver ingots, maintaining the tradition established when the race was first held in 1987. The crew of the boat with the best time will receive two one-kilo silver ingots from Altea’s Club Nautico, with two 500-gramme ingots for second place and two 250-gramme ingots for third.

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