11 years ago José Cusí, owner of the Bribón saga, decided to withdraw the team from competitions, so his skipper, King Juan Carlos stopped practicing cruising sailing and has only winked at the class. 6 meters. It is very clear that since he left, the Copa del Rey Mapfre is not the same. The atmosphere at the Real Club Náutico de Palma has been normalizing and adapting to the new paraphernalia generated by King Felipe VI. It is not the same without him and the bay of Palma is sad and a bit abandoned.
Show in Derrocat
Yesterday two good heats were disputed in the ORC Division (BMW) in its two main classes with a southeast wind of 12 to 15 knots of intensity, in the very well mounted and very technical Bravo race course, arranged by the Chief Officer of Regattas, Aida González, making the fleet sail to the right, heading towards Cape Derrocat.
The curiosity and the fight was in seeing the behavior of the 50 feet Estrella Damm and the 46 feet Hydra, two clear candidates for the final victory and that are skippered by Luis Martínez Doreste with Hugo Rocha as tactician and by Pepe Ponce with Fernando León at the tactic. Also in this class is the TP52 Aifos (rescued from the Cadiz Naval Regatta Commission under the name of Sirius VI), under the command of the King, who yesterday made a memorable first heat recalling old times. The ship of the Spanish Navy, with a disadvantaged rating, sailed like the angels both upwind and astern and had its opportunity to win the first round in real time. It could not be, but in compensated he occupied fourth place and only the two Swan45 “tuned”, Tengher and Fron Now On and the DK 46 Hydra beat him. In the second heat, the King and his crew won the regatta with great professionalism, leaving the shame to the air to the Hydra, the Estrella Damm and the Rats of Fire. A great day signed the ship of the Spanish Navy, which is second in the general classification, two points behind the leader, the Dutch Thegher.
The battle in the first round was clearly lost by Estrella Damm, which was a real disaster in the maneuvers after having performed great tactics, although they fixed a bit in the second finishing third and leaving their main rival, the Hydra, in seventh position. . To the brilliance of Hydra, the winning boat of the last two Copa del Rey Mapfre that had no weak moments in this first round, marking the start of Estrella Damm very well from the beginning. You can see the trade of Fernando León’s men.
Luis Doreste in essence
In class II, a great first manga from the Soho Theater, by Javier Banderas with Luis Doreste at tactics, and a memorable second one place him as the outstanding leader of the class. The canary does not lose his sense of smell and leads the Andalusian ship like angels. It is the essence that Doreste uncovers year after year in this bay. The Valencian M8 of the Francés brothers surprised him, who took second place in the first regatta and fourteenth in the second.
Very good three races that were played in the Sotheby’s Women’s Cup class in which the ship of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo Profano clearly dominated, which is skippered by Patricia Suárez. The Galicians enter into a fight with the Donostiarras from Decoexa, with Olatz Muñoz at the helm, who managed to win the second round. Dorsia Covirán was third. Good level among the girls, who fight to gain a foothold in the fleet.
The Swans are focused on the same race course and are controlled by Ariane Mainemare in terms of setting up race courses where they can have fun. In Swan 50 leads the German Hatari, of Marcus Brennecke with two first places with the Russian Bronenosec to five points and the British Perhonen to six. The Spanish Tenaz, by Pablo Garriga, is fifth by scoring an eleventh and a third.
In the Swan42, the Dutch Selene, from Massimo de Campo, followed by the Romanian Natalia and the Spanish Nadir, led by Pedro Vaquer, three points behind the leader. The other Spaniard, Pez de Abril, by José María Meseguer, is fourth.
The ClubSwan 36 makes its debut in this Copa del Rey Mapfre, a boat that has a kind of drift darts very complicated to control with the G Spot of Monaco as leader and the Italian Farstar, second