"Nadir" Takes Line Honors for the Second Time at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE

The Embat (thermal wind) still has been kept at bay with the excessive heat conditions and is expected to continue for the remainer of the regatta at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE.  This has clearly required patience from both the Race Commitee and participants.  Sailors and Race Orgaizers alike say they have never experieced anything like this for this long a duration.  Maybe a day, but not potentially a week.

Once again, a more than two-hour postponement on the water led to the completion of only one race.   Pedro Vaquer Comas would claim his second bullet of the regatta with NADIR (ESP).  "We had a clear start and stayed away from the others", he said.  "We really enjoy the One Design sailing and seeing the Spanish boats doing well," he added.

Jose Maria Meseguer and PEZ DE ABRIL (ESP) placed 2nd in Race 5 while Alberto Franchi and DIGITAL BRAVO (ITA) took 3rd.

"Sailing in One Design is much better and more interesting than sailing in ORC and gives us reason to grow and improve," said Bernarda Franchi, owner Alberto's, sister.  "You are proud when you are representing you club and your country," she added.

Alessio Razeto from DIGITAL BRAVO said, "We started not too close to the pin as the pin end was favored so we had good speed by staying away. We had a bad shift that was terrible for us."  He added, "The first downwind leg was not fantastic, but we were third at the second windward mark and while two of the Spanish boats were having a fight downwind to the finish line, we took 2nd Place."  

In the BWM ORC 1 Division Dominique Luna Tudela's (ITA) MARINA GREENWICH (MAGICAL) was 3rd in Race 6 while Diana Corominus Guerin and Jordi Costa were 7th with BLUE in this 35-boat fleet.

Results:  http://www.regatacopadelrey.com/resultados2017/resultados2017.php?ln=sp&ms=50





"Pez de Abril" Tops Leaderboard While the Heat Creates Havoc with the Wind at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE

Day 3 dawned with the prediction for yet another scorching day and a lot of scratching of heads wondering what this would do to the winds after yesterday.  Things looked positive and Race 3 was started, but the course was shortened and the boats were finished at the second windward mark.  RED ELECTRICA ESPANA helmed by Alberto Viejo Puga (ESP) won this race with Lorenzo Mondo's (ITA) FAR STAR 2nd, and Jose Maria Meseguer's PEZ DE ABRIL 3rd.

"Race 3 was a good race and we had smart tactics called by Branko Brain", said Mondo of FAR STAR.  He went on to say, "In Race 4 we made a mistake on the first leg,"  finishing 6th.

There as a long postponement before Race 5 was underway and just after the start there was an AP posted while the startng line was reset along with the windward mark.  The winds played havoc again and utimately there was a course change to the finish line. 

PEZ DE ABRIL would win Race 4 with RED ELECTRCA ESPANA placing 2nd.  Andrea Rossi's (ITA) MELA was 3rd.  Enrico Zannaro, tactician, said, "The winds were light and shifting many times.  We had two good starts and are playing well with the mast tuning to improve our boat speed."  He added, "We hope to learn more in these next days to perform well.  This is my first time on MELA; I have been on other Swan 42s, but I hope to be here for The Nations Trophy in October," he noted.  MELA was 5th in Race 3.

In BMW ORC 1 Dominique Luna Tudela's (ITA) MARINA GREENWICH (MAGICAL) was 1st in Race 5.  

Jose Maria Meseguer was awarded the wid-week trophy in The Swan 42 One Design Class.  Racing cotinues over the next three days.

Results:   http://www.regatacopadelrey.com/resultados2017/resultados2017.php?ln=uk&ms=50





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