The yacht clubs that manage Ports IB facilities have invested more than 60 million euros in improvements.

Mar 21, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

These include environmental and safety measures, as well as promoting social and sporting activities.

Ports Illes Balears has eighteen port facilities managed by yacht clubs, which have made a major investment effort in recent years to introduce environmental and safety improvements, as well as to strengthen the social work they do through training and competitive activities to promote water sports.

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The yacht clubs

In this sense, the yacht clubs that depend on Ports IB have invested 61,946,121.35 € in their facilities within the process of adaptation to Law 10/2005 of 21 June, Ports of the Balearic Islands, which has resulted in improvements in fuel supply, rapid intervention equipment for fire fighting and spill control, improvements in facilities for nautical education, and environmental quality management systems, emergency and safety plans, among other actions.

Today, the councillor for Mobility and Housing, Josep Marí, visited the Cala Gamba Yacht Club, accompanied by the director general of Maritime and Air Transport, Xavier Ramis, and the manager of Ports IB, Juan Vicente Roselló. There they visited the Ecomuseu project, dedicated to traditional boats, an example of the club’s commitment to the recovery of old customs with courses in lateen sailing and traditional rowing. They were also able to visit some of the improvements introduced by the investments made in recent years, which in Cala Gamba alone amount to 1,811,502.28 € in works such as repairs and improvements to different docks and pontoons, a new dinghy ramp and several environmental improvements such as a new oil separator, among others.

Minister Marí took advantage of the visit to meet with representatives of the Association of Sailing Clubs of the Balearic Islands, to whom he acknowledged the important social and sporting work they carry out by enabling people living on the islands to enjoy sailing the sea and its biodiversity, while at the same time transmitting maritime culture and respect for the environment to children through nautical sports. “You are spaces that are increasingly integrated and open to the public, which must be preserved within our port system,” added Marí.

In the Balearic Islands there are 24 yacht clubs, which bring together 12,077 members and 8,574 moorings, 70% of which are for boats less than or equal to 10 meters in length. Last year, 8,049 children were introduced to sailing and canoeing at their facilities. Some 3,000 federated sportsmen and women compete representing these clubs, which have a training team made up of 344 people, who in 2022 organised 312 island, Balearic and national competitions. These clubs invested 7.8 million euros last year in their sports schools and achieved outstanding sporting success in sailing and canoeing in all categories.