Video: King Juan Carlos Of Spain Visits AC

June 7, 2017

His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain paid a visit to the America’s Cup Village in Bermuda, touring the premises, chatting with teams, and stopping by to support Spain’s entry into the Youth America’s Cup.


King Carlos, who abdicated the throne to his son in 2014, is known for his passion for sailing, having competed in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, where he finished in 15th position in the Dragon keelboat class.

His visit included a look at the premises, with the video below showing the 79-year-old chatting with members of Spanish Team Impulse, Spain’s entry into the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

He took over as King in 1975, and in that role, officially opened the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, making him the only Olympian to officially open a Summer Olympics, according to NBC Sports.

His family also has strong sailing connections, as his wife, Queen Sofia, represented Greece at the 1960 Rome Olympics, also in sailing’s Dragon class, while his son was a 1992 Spanish sailing Olympian.

The Spanish youth team said they were “very proud of the visit of our King, His Majesty Don Juan Carlos. What an honour!”

A private plane, understood to be connected to King Carlos, landed at Bermuda’s airport a few days ago.

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  1. FUI says:

    Welcome your majesty. We hope you enjoy our little island and enjoy the WORLD CLASS sailing. No doubt now about our spot on the world stage, can’t wait to hear from the negatives.

    • Onion Juice says:

      Not a big fan of European Manarchy from a Historical point of view.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Upset that they eventually ridded their country of the Africans after a near 800 year occupation ?

        • Wise Guy says:

          Where is their country Central Asia (caucus mountains)??? The renaissance was highly influenced by the liberal arts, sciences, agricultural innovations, philosophy, and many technological and scientific advances during the time period those terrible so called “Africans,” which was brought to western Europe between 711-1492CE..

      • Just the facts says:

        And there it is, right on cue. I’m sure the European “Manarchy” couldn’t possibly care any less about what you think. Not many people do.

        • Onion Juice says:

          De European Manarchy didnt care less about anything that they plundered over de centuries.

          • bdaboy says:

            OJ, you love the monarchy, you’re just jealous.

  2. Vote The OBA Out! says:

    Cool visit!

    • Dark Star says:

      Question——-the PLP rolled out the PGA Grand Slam and what the diaspora trail thing? I bet the OBA’s AC has pulled in more people than all the grand slams and the diaspora combined—–do you have an issue with people in Bermuda is that why you call yourself vote the OBA out. Oba has basically turned the country around—there are people here-without people there is no money to pay for any of the social programs or anything else—–we would have to borrow, borrow, and BAM like Ewart’s years everybody in Bermuda owes due to a select few’s greed. Give the OBA another term and if they can’t bring about repairing some of the social fabric of Bermuda then vote ‘em out and give somebody else a shot. You and the rest of the naysayers are sadly hilarious—-what is any gov’t supposed to do in 4 years with the state the PLP handed the country over? And has Burt (who was a junior minister under the PLP regime) rolled out a single solution??????????????- please do tell b/c in order for Burt to get my vote I want ideas so I can make an opinion. Right now he and the rest of ‘em are twisting anything positive into a negative to suit their own need with no plan, solution, or ideas!

      • JH says:

        There are still PLP-tards who will try to vote us into poverty.

      • Toleratate says:

        Well…. there’s the 2025 Plan; which by the way you will have to vote them in TWICE to see if it will come to fruition.
        And that’s a big “IF” because as all Plans go; they don’t all pan out. But there are many gullible enough to fall for it. Basically the same Party and characters who seriously damaged our economy are asking for us to vote them back in, and NO matter how badly they do the first term; vote them back in again, on the faith of a Plan now eight years off; but the OBA had less than five to fix the mess?
        Any-one else find it weird that the PLP NEVER admitted the damage they did; but came up with a Plan to fix the damage?
        Oh, wait it was the OBA’s fault. You know them borrowing money as opposed to trimming down.

  3. Point boy says:

    Forca Portugal!

  4. Redamtibi says:

    Meanwhile 45% of kids in Spain are impoverished…and the country is being crushed by sovereign bedt obligations…but dont let me spiil the circle jerk…

    • Powder says:

      We don’t live in Spain. What’s your point?

      • Nikon says:

        When it arrives at your door (poverty;the desolation and despair it brings) you will see my point you short sighted fool. Or do you think you are well enough insulated?

        • Onion Juice says:

          Heard that story in 1998.

          • Double S says:

            And it was proven to be true…

          • Anbu says:

            And how well off were u when your party was ousted Oj? I honestly hope u do win just so i can watch the jaws drop at who packs up shop. Only one gonna be crying is you. LMAO

        • Powder says:

          So what exactly is your point, you short sighted fool? Enlighten us all now instead of making us wait. What does the visit of the former King of Spain to the America’s Cup have to do with impoverished children?

      • sage says:

        Yes why worry about impoverished children, we live in Bermuda, no point caring about anything but making billionaires happy.

        • wahoo says:

          Making billionaires happy is good business I bet our competitors in the tourism industry are envious. If you know a better way to fuel the economy let us know (preferably before 2025). Worrying about Spain isn’t gonna fix our immediate problems although we are still a very charitable people sometimes we need to pay attention to our own situation before we can help others.

    • Double S says:

      Sounds like Bermuda under the PLP…

    • Unbelievable says:

      45% is pretty high number for a developed country and so I’m calling bull crap on your comment.

      Bitter and sad.

    • Proud Bermuda Onion says:

      Spain is not ruled by a monarchy & hasn’t for some time!

    • Proud Bermuda Onion says:

      Spain is not ruled by a monarchy & has not for some time!

  5. Long bay trading says:

    Having had some time sailing in Palma some years ago the Spanish Royal Family could be seen sailing during their Summertime holidays. Welcome and enjoy.

  6. puzzled says:

    Always bitching about everything.
    That’s why the country will never move on as one.
    Jealous of everything someone has or not.

    • Anbu says:

      Its because a huge chunk know everything about absolutley nothing.

  7. J CS says:

    Love these comments as they’re so silly. Guys, do you really think the European “Manarchy” gives a fig what we think of them? To me the story is a human interest one and I’m sure is reported as such.