Andrés Velencoso and Martín Berasategui, luxury guests in the Copa del Rey sailing

Between the luxury guests, two important names stand out: the model and actor Andrés Velencoso and the cook Martin Berasategui. Velencoso has attended this appointment on several occasions, all of them for work. On this occasion, he will come together with BMW to carry out some promotional activities related to the event and the brand. Berasategui, meanwhile, also comes from the hand of the automobile company. The Basque chef opened last May a new restaurant in Mallorca, Martín’s Txoko, in their first post-pandemic project with their partners Chus Iglesias Y Pepe de Luna.

Their relationship with BMW is not new. Both Velencoso and Berasategui were already, in the last edition held in 2019, the group’s special guests, and they could be seen together at various times during the celebration. The two enjoyed a pleasant evening in the space for sustainable mobility that the car brand had exhibited at the Real Club Náutico de Palma.

This year, the traditional White Dinner by MAPFRE, known as Shipowners’ Dinner, one of the busiest parties of the week in which many guests participate, will have an important change. Although it usually took place on the terraces of the Nautical, This time it will be held at the Son Amar venue this next Thursday, August 5.

The one who is not scheduled to participate in the competition or visit the island is Harald from Norway, one of the big names in recent years. In 2019, the last edition that was held, the monarch, skipper of the Fram XVIII boat, competed against Felipe VI. Before I used to compete with Juan Carlos I.

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This appointment usually brings together great personalities who take the opportunity to enjoy a few days on the island. Some of the celebrities who have paraded through the Real Club Náutico de Palma in recent years have been the artist Domingo Zapata, the guitarist and actor Steven Van Zandt, the businesswoman and vedette Norma Duval, the actress Carolina Cerezuela, the musician Jaume Anglada or Pierre Casiraghi, son of Carolina de Monaco, among others. In 2018 the weightlifting world champion Lydia Valentín came to the shipowners’ dinner.

The organizers declare that the return of the competition after the cancellation of the last edition due to the pandemic constitutes great news for the nautical sector and for Balearic society. The international media coverage, given the high level of the sailors and personalities who participate, contribute to placing the Balearic Islands, even more so, as one of the most important nautical destinations in the world. According to a study by the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), the 37th edition of the Copa del Rey de Vela had an economic impact of almost 17.5 million euros for the Balearic economy.

The cook and the actor have been linked in one way or another with the island for years. Berasategui also opened a new restaurant in Palma last May, El txoko de Martín, together with its partners.