The King of Spain, Juan Carlos II will continue an old Spanish Royal Family tradition and race at Cowes during the America's Cup Jubilee
The King of Spain, Juan Carlos II will continue an old Spanish Royal Family tradition and race at Cowes. Juan Carlos, an avid sailor, has chosen the America’s Cup Jubilee to make his family’s return trip to the Isle of Wight. He will be racing throughout the week on board the IMS 50 Bribon Telefonica Moviles, supported by Telefonica and owned by Jose Cusi – one of the most ardent supporters of yacht racing in Spain. Telefonica is the largest company in Spain and one of the largest communications companies in the world. The crew will include many of the sailors who were part of the Spanish Challenge at the America’s Cup in 2000, including three times Spanish America’s Cup skipper Pedro Campos.
Juan Carlos’ grandfather, King Alphonso XIII of Spain, used to sail with King Edward VII on board Britannia during Cowes Week when the Royal yacht was the most important part of the Cowes yachting scene over a long period at the beginning of the last century.
Yachting World magazine, which circulates in more than 100 countries and is the World’s leading sailing magazine, will sponsor the America’s Cup Jubilee’s Concours d’Elegance. Designed for competition for an overall trophy and four divisional trophies, the Concours will be judged under the chairmanship of Yachting World’s Editor, Andrew Bray.