Spain

Travel Information

Mallorca, Spain

 

 As you prepare for departure, please reference the Palma Cruising Guide to learn more about chartering in this destination.

Address & Map

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Base Address

Sunsail Spain
S.L. Avinguda Gabriel Roca
15 Entresuelo
07014 Palma de Mallorca

Base Open Hours

09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Thursday 

09:00 - 19:00 Friday

08:00 - 19:00 Saturday

08:00 - 17:00 Sunday

Season

This charter destination is closed from early November to early April.

Base/Shore Facilities

Sunsail's base in Palma is located just 20 mins from the airport. The base is just a short walk from the city centre, with quick access to the supermarket, restuarants, banks, post office, laundry, shopping and much more. Palma is a great place to spend time before or after your charter with many regattas and events taking place throughout the year.

On site marina facilities include: showers, toilets, fuel, and water. Ice can be purchased at the base.

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Arrival & Departure

 Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) 

Mallorca's airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Palma, 8 kilometres from the island's capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma.   There is a motorway that circles almost the entire island.

Transfer Time: It's about a 20-minute drive from the airport to the Sunsail base, depending on traffic.  The airport has four terminals of which terminal A is used for domestic flights and terminal B, C, D is used for international flights

Airport buses are available and run throughout the day at 30-minute intervals to Palma

Airport Address

Aeropuerto de La Palma
La Bajita
s/nº. 38738 Villa de Mazo
Sta. Cruz de La Palma
www.palmaairport.info

Train

There are no trains operating to La Palma airport.

Passports, Visas & International Travel Regulations

Clients must have a valid passport to enter Spain. Citizens of the EC, USA and Canada do not require visas for stays of less than 3 months duration. We recommend that clients contact their local consulate for advice on visa and passport requirements.  

People visiting Spain from the EU do not need visas to enter the country and can stay as long as they like simply by showing their passport, or ID card if their country has a system implemented. Citizens from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand also don't need visas if they are staying for less than three months but should ensure their passports are valid for at least six months past their intended stay. Visitors from other countries should check with Spanish embassies or consulates in their country for visa information.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html for the latest information before you leave. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Taxes & Departure Tax

None

Local Transfers

Transfers from the airport to the base are not included. However, they can be arranged by special request. Please advise us of your requirements at least 3 weeks prior to the charter start date by providing your arrival information to your Vacation Planning Specialist. 

Taxis are available outside the Arrivals hall.  The cost for getting a taxi is about 1-4 people 25€,  5-7 people 45€ from the airport to the base - there is an airport surcharge of €1.65 at night between 22:00–06:00, and on Sundays and holidays the prices are approximately 20% higher

The cheapest route into the city is on the shuttle bus, which runs every 15 minutes from 6.10am to 2.15am, and costs around 2 euro per person. Its route takes it from the airport on to the Plaza Espana in the centre of the city, then on to the ferry terminal and port area.

Car Rental

In the Arrivals Hall there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Betacar, Cicar, Atesa, Autos Ancar and Hertz. Or you can hire a car at the Port.

Public Transport

The No. 1 bus takes you from the airport direct to the marina Alboran (bus stop Costa Azul). The bus takes 30 minutes and costs 6€ per person.

Sunsail can reserve a minibus or coach for groups one way: 5-8 people 47€ or 9-12 people 65€. Pre-reserved transfers need a minimum of 5 passengers per reservation. Driver will meet you at the entrance to Exit B

Driving Directions

It is approx 15 minutes by taxi from the airport to the base

Palma de Mallorca Airport (Aeropuerto de Palma), S/N
07071 PALMA (MALLORCA), España - 902 404 704

  1. Head southwest  650 m
  2. Turn left - 23 m
  3. Slight right - 300 m
  4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the Autovia de Llevant ramp to Palma - 1.1 km
  5. Merge onto Autovia de Llevant - 4.2 km
  6. Continue onto Avinguda de Gabriel Roca/Ma-19 Destination will be on the right
  7. Naviera Balear S.L. Avenida de Gabriel Roca, 4

07014 Palma, Spain

Parking (at the base)

A secured car park is located at Joan Miro Av, 65 971 18 09 59. Cost - 24h: 14€- One week: 74€

Arrival / Departure / Late Arrival Procedures
  • START: 6:00pm
  • Sailing instructions will be handled beforehand at the welcome desk in the marina.
On Arrival
  • Arrive by 4pm, boat briefing.
Late Arrival
  • The base staff will wait for clients until 8:00pm.
  • After 8:00pm, you will find a sign at the marina entrance with a message advising your yacht's berth. Your
  • boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name.
  • The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be at your disposal the next day from 9am and will then hand over the boat to you.

On Departure

  • Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning.

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Sailing Information

 

Palma: Sailing Experience Level 3
Wind: 10-25 Knots
Navigation: understand tidal variations, ability to cope with strong currents and be able to make a passage plan.
Moorings: Primarily anchoring, some slightly more exposed anchorages with poor anchor holding ground

Sailing Licenses

To charter in Spain, there must be at least one certified skipper over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have an official sailing license or a certificate issued by the government of state approved organization as detailed below:

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Mallorca.

Skippers must have a Sailing license approved in their country of origin:

Skipper is SUGGESTED to have one (1) of the following:

  • ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.
  • IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”

AND/OR

  • RYA “Day Skipper Course” (with or without photo) or above
  • US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
  • ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
  • Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

The Spanish authorities have identified a list of accepted sailing licenses for the following countries: Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherland, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela, Canada and Ireland.

Charter Preparation Tips

All sailing certificates must be sent to the base and received at least 2 weeks before the start of the charter. It is essential that you take your original skippers license or certificate with you in the event that the Port Authorities ask you to present it to them. If you do not have an official sailing license, by law the team at base will not be able to allow you to charter without an officially certified skipper onboard.

What if I do not have a license?

If you do not hold a recognized sailing license, we will assist you with pre-qualification based upon your level of experience or will assist you in finding an accredited program.

Please contact one of our vacation planners for more information.

Night-time Sailing

Night Sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Sailing Area Limits

The cruising area encompasses the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera in the Mediterranean off the eastern coast of Spain.

Restricted Zones

This information is covered in the chart briefing.

Marinas

No reservation is possible in marinas in the Balearics. A passing-through berth is generally available for the night. In August, especially in Ibiza some Marinas are already full by early afternoon.

Announce yourself on VHF channel 9.

The prices for one night are between:

  • 70 – 100 € for a 41’ Monohull
  • 90 – 130 € for a 44’ Catamaran

Guests slips are often free at local Yacht Clubs

Moorings Fees & Taxes

There are very few mooring balls. Generally you will be anchoring or mooring “Med Style”, which consists of dropping anchor and backing onto a village quay. There are some marinas, where you’ll be able to pay a fee based on boat length for a berth for the night. Your onboard cruising guide will give you complete details of each anchorage.

Sailing Area & Interesting Sites

View Sailing Conditions and Itineraries for more information on sailing in this area.

National Park Permits

Below are suggested parks accessible along the cruising itinerary.

All park entry fees are paid upon arrival.

La Rapita
Founded by CharlesIII of Spain as a port to serve trade with the Spanish colonies, and constructed in the neoclassical style of the period: The town has two large marinas, a beach, a market and many shops and fish restaurants –shellfish or prawns are excellent here as this is a major fishing port.

Porto Cristo
Porto Cristo is a typical Spanish fishing village, a quiet resort, perfect if you want to retreat and get away from it all. Porto Cristo beach is well protected from the wind and seaborne storms. The situation of the beach means that it is an ideal spot for swimming right from the start of summer.

Porto Petro
A small port with wonderful coves for swimming such as Cala Barca

Cabrera
A natural reserve since 1991. Just over an hour sailing from Majorca, this group of islands and rocky isles, fantastic wildlife flora and fauna and a 14th century Castle make it well worth a visit.

Formentera
Formentera lies a few miles to the south of Ibiza. With its palm-fringed sandy beaches and clear, turquoise waters, this island is reminiscent of the Caribbean when the temperatures really rise in the summer. The long sandy spit of Illetas on the north side of the island is a favourite anchorage with magnificent views across the straits.

Ibiza
A fifty-mile sail southwest of Mallorca, Ibiza is blessed with excellent harbours and marinas, beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters over a sandy floor. Offering superb opportunities for swimming and snorkelling, there are also great facilities ashore, with restaurants, many shops and non-stop action and nightlife in old Ibiza.

Mallorca
Our base in the islands is at the Real Club Nautico de Palma (Royal Palma Yacht Club), framed by the gothic cathedral and citadel. Mallorca (Majorca) is an island of contrasts offering a blend of bustling fishing ports, such as Andraitx, Sóller and Pollença, where some of the finest restaurants and shops are to be found, while the rugged west coast offers fascinating landscapes, with lofty mountains dropping steeply into the sea.

Menorca
Just a half day’s sail from Cala Ratada on Mallorca will bring you to the least populated of the main islands, Menorca. On the west coast lies the historic town of Ciudadela with a delightful harbour and fishing boats. The dockside cafés and restaurants of the natural harbour on Mahon on the southeast coast buzz with activity, while you’ll find total tranquillity in the sheltered inlet at Addaya or in one of the many coves within the Bah’a de Fornells.

Charts & Pilot Book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. 

Skippered Charter Information

For an additional fee, Skippers are available for hire on a Sunsail Yacht Charter.  The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and is the responsibility of the client. Skipper provisioning should be added to your contract at the time you request a Skipper. The skipper must be provided accommodation in one cabin while on a charter.

The skipper’s time is booked from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00 pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 9:00 am on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6:00 pm to 6:00 pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

For one-day check out skipper’s, it is the client’s responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get the skipper back to the base. The average tip for a skipper is 15-20% of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at the client’s discretion.

Fuel

We would highly recommend that you prepay for fuel.   Fuel is available at the base, however, keep in mind that the nearest fuelling station from the base is quite a distance away – i.e. the boat will not be full when handed back to us!

Coolers

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge, only one per boat. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement.

Electricity

Mains power is 220V 50 Hz. Two pin round plugs as in the rest of continental Europe are standard on board all yachts in the Balearics. Customers are advised to obtain an adaptor before leaving as they are very hard to find.

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Banks & Money Exchange

 
Banks

Bank charges in Spain are quite high and free banking is very rare. It's quite common to be charged for everything, including withdrawing money from ATMs. When using ATMs you are advised to check what the charges are as they vary between systems.

Currency & Money Exchange

The unit of currency in Spain is the Euro. Currency exchange is available at the airports, banks and exchange shops in most coastal resorts, but commission rates can be high especially in the airport and exchange shops where the commission varies according to the amount exchanged.

We recommend, as it is often cheaper, to exchange money at the departure airport, i.e. Gatwick. Spanish airport banks close on Bank holidays. Money can be changed at hotels but the commission is again often high or rates are poor.

Credit card facilities are widely available and Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants.

Banks are open Mon-Fri, 9.00-14.00 and Sat 9.00 - 13.00. In summer they may close slightly earlier. Most banks have English speaking staff and all can cope with International transactions. Commissions may be charged on foreign transactions and passports will be required for most.

Credit Card Information

Most major credit cards are accepted all over Spain although some establishments may put a limit on the amounts you can withdraw or spend and sometimes there may be a surcharge. Most places now have ATM's for withdrawing cash, at which most cards will work. Most machines have the instructions in several languages and even the smallest of towns are now getting the machines. They can be a godsend at evenings and weekends and on holidays when banks can often close for several days at a time. Make sure you keep a separate record of your credit card numbers.

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General Information

 
Geography

Palma is the major city and seaport geographically located in the southwest of Majorca. The city lies on the large coastal Bay of Palma in the western Mediterranean Sea. The land area of the city is about 21,355 km² with an altitude of 13 meters.

Palma is bordered by rocky inlets and marinas on the south side, whilst many of the tourist resorts are positioned towards the east side of the city. The central zone that extends from Palma is generally a flat fertile plain known as Es Pla. There are two uninhabited islands, Cabera, which is located southeast of Palma and Dragonera which is west of Palma.

Language

The official language of Palma is Spanish. Although Spanish is the language of the land, English, French, and German are generally understood at most attractions, museums, hotels, and restaurants that cater for visitors. Castilian Spanish is the official language but in the regions, Basque, Catalan, and Galician are spoken. In smaller towns and villages a phrasebook is a useful item to carry.

Business Hours

Business hours tend to vary considerably but hours of 0900-1330 and 1700-1800 are fairly typical. Banking hours: Mon-Fri, generally 0830-1330

Generally shops and businesses in Mallorca and open from around 08:30 until 13:00 and then close for a traditional afternoon siesta, reopening at around 16:00 until 19:00, although some shops do stay open later in the summer.

Tipping Policy

Tipping is standard and Hotel and restaurant bills usually include a 7% tax and an additional tip of about 10-15% is preferred.  Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs: 10-15% of the bill is generally acceptable if it has not already been added to your bill. Taxi drivers: 10-15% of the fare and usually charge baggage by the piece. Tour guides: 5-10% tip.

Currency

The local currency is the Euro (EUR €).

Time

Standard time zone UTC/GMT +1 hours

Daylight Saving Time: DST in use +1 hour

"Daylight" saving's time (summer time) moves the clock 1 hour ahead of standard time.

Festivals & Holidays

Mallorca is a lively island, with many of its principal resorts hosting all kinds of summer events. The island's biggest cultural festivals and religious processions tend to take place around Palma.

Banks, government offices, post offices, and many stores, restaurants, and museums are closed on the following legal national holidays:

Public Holidays

There are approximately fourteen accepted public holidays in Spain, which can be acknowledged on either a local or national basis. Listed below are those dates observed in Mallorca.

Mallorca National Public Holidays

January 1st - Año Nuevo / New Year's Day

January 5th - Epifanía / Epiphany

March 19th - Dia de San José / St. Joseph's Day

Late March or early April - Jueves Santo / Maundy Thursday

Late March or early April - Viernes Santo / Good Friday

May 1st - Fiesta del Trabajo / Labour Day

August 15th - La Asunción / Feast of the Assumption

October 12th - Nacional de España / National Day

November 1st - Todos los Santos / All Saints' Day

December 6th - Dia de la Constitución / Constitution Day

December 8th - La Inmaculada Concepción / Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 25th - Navidad / Christmas Day

Post Office

Regular mail (carta ordinaria) sent within Spain and Andorra takes approximately three working days for delivery. Mail sent to European destinations takes two to four working days.

Stamps (sellos) may be purchased at post offices and tobacconists (estancos) as well as some stationery shops. Stamped mail can be posted at a post office or a public post box (which are yellow).

For more information visit www.correos.es

Internet Connectivity

Public access to the Internet is easy to find, with terminals appearing in cyber cafés, shopping centers, hotels and hostels throughout the city center.

Cellular Phones

Your cellular phone may work in Palma de Mallorca. Please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs as you may need to activate international call roaming on your contract.

Music / Ipods

All boats are fitted with a AM/FM radio and CD player with cockpit speakers. There is a MP3 input if you wish to listen to your IPOD while sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

Restaurants

Dining patterns are typically Spanish. Many establishments close mid-afternoon for a siesta and do not open for evening meals until 7 or 8 o'clock.

Palma has a wide and exquisite gastronomical variety. The offering extends from the excellent Majorquine cuisine, through tapas bars and specialties' restaurants to classic international cuisine.

Hotels
Shopping

Palma - The Plaza Juan Carlos I, next to the Cathedral, and the streets around are probably the best shopping areas. Shops usually open from 10.00 in the morning and close at 01.30, to open in the evening from 17.00 to 20.00. However, big shops usually do not close for lunch and are open all day. On Sundays, all shops are closed. Keep in mind on Sundays only the bars and restaurants are open.

Taxes

The internal sales tax in Spain is known as IVA and varies between 7% and 33% depending on the item bought. Food, wine, and basic requirements are taxed at 7%, most goods and services are charged at 16% and luxury items such as jewelry and cigarettes attract 33% tax. Hotels have a special 7% rate.

Clothing Suggestions

Be sure to bring the appropriate sailing gear when visiting Palma, hat, sunscreen, long sleeved tops. Layered clothing and a jacket are recommended as the weather can be variable.

Tourist Information Centre

Mallorca Tourist Information Service (OIT - Oficines d'Informacio Turistica de Mallorca) has its head office at Parc de les Estacions in Palma de Mallorca; phone: +34 902 102 365; email: [email protected]

There is also a tourist information office at the airport - Aeropuerto Palma de Mallorca; phone: +34 971 789 556; email: [email protected]

These tourist offices can point you in the right direction and have free maps and information on attractions and public transport on the island.

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Activities & Sports

 
Fishing - Permits & Season

A fishing license or rod license, (permiso de pesca) is required to fish both inland and sea waters in Spain.

The Balearic Islands are very popular for sea fishing; to fish, it is obligatory to have an: Individual recreational fishing license (Llicència de pesca marítima recreativa individual): which allows the person to fish from land or boat, for people over 14 years of age 

There is no fishing allowed in any of the harbors in Majorca or any other Balearic island. In addition, you must not fish within 250 meters of professional fishing boats or within 100 meters of other shore users (i.e. sun bathers, swimmers, etc.).

Licenses can be obtained from the

Director General of Fishing (Dirección General de Pesca) at

C/ dels Foners,

10 - 07006

Palma.

Getting your license in person is actually very quick, but the process may be a little strange to the uninitiated. Fill in the application form (available in English) and hand it in. You will then be given an invoice, which you take to the local bank where you pay the license fee. The bank will give you a receipt, which you then return back to the office where they will issue your license.

You can also order your license online at caib.es It can take up to 1 month for the license to be issued this way and you will still need to collect it in person from the office, remembering to take your ID with you.

There are 4 marine reserves around Majorca which are marked by large white post along the coast. You are allowed to fish the reserves in places, at certain times of the year and on specific days of the week. A booklet is given out when you get your license explaining where the marine reserves are located and the restrictions placed on them.

Licenses are only available for sea fishing and each license covers all the Balearic Islands.

For more information go to

http://www.holidays-majorca.co.uk/trips/beaches/bay-palma-badia-de-palma-marine-reserve

Water Toys

Snorkelling equipment (fins, masks & Snorkels) will be available for use. A dingy and outboard will also be provided. Stand Up Paddleboards are available to rent.

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Provisioning

 
Supermarkets

Provisioning is available at the Supermarket Mercadona, a five-minute walk from the marina. For more convenience, you can bring the trolley over to the marina and leave it there, and the supermarket staff will come and pick up trolleys from there.

Palma's supermarkets are open daily from 10am-9pm or 10 pm (except for national holidays and Sundays). Shops are usually open Mon-Fri from 10am-7.30 pm, Saturday 10am-1.30 pm and closed on Sunday.

There are also some small supermarkets along Paseo Maritimo near the marina where you will find basic food (bread, milk, etc). Some of them are open 24 hours a day.

In the tourist villages and on the beaches, shops are generally open all days.

The Santa Catalina market is located at Av Argentina where you will find fresh produce until 2 pm.

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Health & Safety

 
Emergencies

Dial Tel # 112 free from any telephone (mobile/cellular or fixed-line). The operator will put you in contact with the emergency service that you require.

Ambulance # 061 Tel: 971 204 111

National Police # 091 Tel: 971 266 262

Local Police # 092

Fire Service # 085

Sea Rescue # 900 202 202

Pharmacies: Tel: 971 402 133

Hospital Universitari Son Espaces

At: Ctra. de Valldemossa 79, 07010 Palma de Mallorca

Tel: 871 205 000 (24-hr emergencies)

Hospital de la Cruz Roja

At: Pons i Gallarza, 90, 07004 Palma de Mallorca

Tel: 971 751 445 (24-hr emergencies)

Manacor Hospital

At: Ctra. Manacor-Port D´Alcudia s/n, 07500

Tel: 971 847 000 (24-hr emergencies)

Hospital San Juan de Dios

At: Pº Cala Gamba 35, Es Coll D'en Rabassa, 07007

Tel: 971 265 854

Illness & Injury

A chemist or drugstore is known as a Farmacia and they can be identified by a large green or red cross sign outside. They tend to keep the same working hours as other shops and if closed, usually display a sign indicating the nearest pharmacy that is open. As well as selling prescription medicines, they also offer free advice about minor injuries or ailments and they will happily suggest non-prescription treatments.

For more information go to:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/europe/spain

If you are visiting Spain, you should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state-provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Spanish nationals so if a Spanish national is required to pay a fee towards their treatment, you would also have to pay the same fee. The EHIC will not cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses, we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

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