Morten Sondergaard owner of Vela Portals

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Morten Sondergaard opens Vela Portals - Mallorca's hippest Sailing School

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<p>Vela Portals:Layout 1</p> <p>19.06.2008</p> <p>12:42</p> <p>Seite 1</p> <p>DELUXE INTERIORS</p> <p>DELUXE INTERIORS</p> <p>VELAPORTALSESTE MES DE JULIO, LA ESCUELA DE VELA DE PUERTO PORTALS VUELVE A ABRIR CON UN NUEVO EQUIPO DIRECTIVO.</p> <p>Vela Portals:Layout 1</p> <p>19.06.2008</p> <p>12:42</p> <p>Seite 3</p> <p>DELUXE INTERIORS</p> <p>DELUXE INTERIORS</p> <p>THE SAILING SOCIETYTHIS JULY, LA ESCUELA DE VELA IN PUERTO PORTALS RE-OPENS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. Formerly a small public sailing school, it was generally paid scant attention. Built in the 80s and with little renovation done since then, it didnt really fit in with the rest of glamorous Puerto Portals and the crowd on the Portals beach right next to it. As the story goes, one afternoon, two Danish businessman and long time residents in the Portals area, Morten Sondergaard and Soren Holst Thomsen were walking along the Portals beach when they came up with their vision of how to create a new sailing centre. They then presented their VelaPortals project to the local authority in Calvia, who had already decided to offer the management of the school for public tender. That afternoon walk on the beach and the sight of the run-down sailing school was the first stage in dreaming up a modern and daring project. After their bid was selected as the winning project, they teamed up with Chilean architect Mathias Klotz, whose contemporary designs have won him many awards, from Rome to Miami, and much acclaim worldwide. Mathias Klotz has contributed a design for Vela Portals that is both elegant and contemporary - a revived modern style, the like of which has not been seen in Mallorca before. One main attraction will be a large terrace overlooking the beach, where a new cantina will open to the guests of VelaPortals for major events. As international as the team that designed it is the concept of the project itself. The vision is a cross-cultural mix of members who share a love of sailing and spending time on the water. The Vela Portals team will be multilingual, and there will be a strong emphasis on children, but all age groups including adults will be able to sign up for a big variety of activities that takes in big boat classes and racing. This spring, in collaboration with schools on Mallorca, sailing classes were available as part of the school programme; a fantastic opportunity for children to decide whether this is the sport for them. Along with others, the Baleares International School participated and met with a huge response. Full membership of the VelaPortals Sailing Centre will enable the members to use the</p> <p>Morten Sondergaard y Soren Holst Thomsen</p> <p>ANTES ERA UNA PEQUEA ESCUELA PBLICA DE NAVEGACIN QUE, POR LO GENERAL, PASABA BASTANTE DESAPERCIBIDA. CONSTRUIDA COMO ESTABA EN LOS AOS 80 Y APENAS REFORMADA DESDE ENTONCES, NO TERMINABA DE ENCAJAR CON SU GLAMOROSO ENTORNO EN PUERTO PORTALS Y LAS MUCHEDUMBRES DE LA PLAYA DE PORTALS, JUSTO AL LADO.</p> <p>O</p> <p>curri que una tarde, dos hombres de negocios daneses que llevaban ya mucho tiempo viviendo en la zona de Portals, Morten Sondergaard y Soren Holst Thomsen, se hallaban paseando por la playa de Portals cuando de pronto tuvieron clara su idea para crear un nuevo centro de navegacin. Acudieron entonces a presentar el proyecto Vela Portals al ayuntamiento de Calvi, que ya haba decidido sacar a concurso pblico la administracin de la escuela. Aquel paseo vespertino por la playa y la visin del declive de la escuela de vela fue la primera etapa para materializar el sueo de un proyecto moderno y audaz. Una vez que su propuesta fue seleccionada como el proyecto ganador, formaron equipo con el arquitecto chileno Mathias Klotz, cuyos diseos contemporneos le han valido numerosos premios de Roma a Miami y aplausos por todo el mundo. Mathias Klotz ha proporcionado a Vela Portals un diseo elegante y contemporneo a un tiempo - un renacido estilo moderno como no se ha visto antes en Mallorca. Una de las atracciones principales ser una gran terraza dominando la playa con una nueva cantina que se abrir para los invitados de VelaPortals en los acontecimientos importantes. El propio concepto del proyecto es tan internacional como el equipo</p> <p>que lo ha diseado. La idea es una mezcla intercultural de miembros unidos por al amor a la navegacin a vela y el mar. El equipo de Vela Portals ser multilinge y se pondr un especial nfasis en los nios, aunque grupos de todas las edades -incluyendo adultos- podrn apuntarse a una amplia variedad de actividades que incluye clases de grandes embarcaciones y regatas. Esta primavera, gracias a la colaboracin con algunos colegios mallorquines, las clases de vela formaban parte del programa escolar; una fantstica oportunidad para que los nios puedan decidir si es el deporte adecuado para ellos. Entre otras particip la Baleares International School, en la que tuvo gran acogida. La admisin de pleno derecho en el Centro de Navegacin Vela Portals, de carcter anual, permitir a sus miembros el uso de las embarcaciones, la nueva cantina y las nuevas instalaciones, con lo que se evitan las complicaciones de mantener una embarcacin propia y pagar las cuotas de amarre. Se ofrecern paquetes individuales y familiares a una cantidad limitada de usuarios. Quienes estn interesados en ser miembros de VelaPortals, pueden visitar la pgina www.velaportals.com. TEXT: S.HOLST THOMSEN, A. SWIFT, B.UNGER.</p> <p>boats, the new cantina and the new installations on a full-year basis, leaving behind the hassle of maintaining your own boat and paying mooring fees. Both individual and family</p> <p>packages will be available to a limited number of users. For those interested in a membership with VelaPortals, please visit their website www.velaportals.com.</p> <p>76 Interiores y Diseo</p> <p>Interiores y Diseo 77</p> <p>Vela Portals:Layout 1</p> <p>19.06.2008</p> <p>12:42</p> <p>Seite 5</p> <p>DELUXE INTERIORS</p> <p>THE SAILING SOCIETYTHIS JULY, LA ESCUELA DE VELA IN PUERTO PORTALS RE-OPENS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT.</p> <p>This July, La Escuela de Vela in Puerto Portals re-opens under new management. Formerly a small public sailing school, it was generally paid scant attention. Built in the 80s and with little renovation done since then, it didnt really fit in with the rest of glamorous Puerto Portals and the crowd on the Portals beach right next to it. As the story goes, one afternoon, two Danish businessman and long time residents in the Portals area, Morten Sondergaard and Soren Holst Thomsen were walking along the Portals beach when they came up with their vision of how to create a new sailing centre. They then presented their VelaPortals project to the local authority in Calvia, who had already decided to offer the management of the school for public tender. That afternoon walk on the beach and the sight of the run-down sailing school was the first stage in dreaming up a modern and daring project. After their bid was selected as the winning project, they teamed up with Chilean architect Mathias Klotz, whose contemporary designs have won him many awards, from Rome to Miami, and much acclaim worldwide. Mathias Klotz has contributed a design for Vela Portals that is both elegant and contemporary - a revived modern style, the like of which has not been seen in Mallorca before. One main attraction will</p> <p>be a large terrace overlooking the beach, where a new cantina will open to the guests of VelaPortals for major events. As international as the team that designed it is the concept of the project itself. The vision is a cross-cultural mix of members who share a love of sailing and spending time on the water. The Vela Portals team will be multilingual, and there will be a strong emphasis on children, but all age groups including adults will be able to sign up for a big variety of activities that takes in big boat classes and racing. This spring, in collaboration with schools on Mallorca, sailing classes were available as part of the school programme; a fantastic opportunity for children to decide whether this is the sport for them. Along with others, the Baleares International School participated and met with a huge response. Full membership of the VelaPortals Sailing Centre will enable the members to use the boats, the new cantina and the new installations on a full-year basis, leaving behind the hassle of maintaining your own boat and paying mooring fees. Both individual and family packages will be available to a limited number of users. For those interested in a membership with VelaPortals, please visit their website www.velaportals.com.</p> <p>76 Interiores y Diseo</p>