The sea breeze kicked in today in spite of sizzling temperatures.  The 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE RC scrapped the scheduled coastal race in favor of windward/leeward races much to the happiness of the Swan 42 competitors.  The morning's surprise was a visit from the King of Spain, Felipe IV, who wished the NADIR team well before he departed for the races on his Corel 45, AIFOS.

RED ELECTRICA ESPANA, helmed by Charter Helmsman, Alberto Viejo Puga (ESP), won both Race 6 and 7.  NADIR, owned by Pedro Vaquer Comas (ESP) was 2nd in Race 6 and Race 8.  Jose Maria Meseguer and PEZ DE ABRIL (ESP) was 3rd in Race 6 and won Race 8.  Lorenzo Mondo and FAR STAR were 2nd in Race 7 and 3rd in Race 8 while Andrea Rossi and MELA (ITA) were 3rd in Race 7.

As for their 4-2-3 finishes today, Branko Brain, Tactician, for Lorenzo Mondo's FAR STAR (ITA) said, "The boat is not perfect yet; we are working on some repairs and developing more power and speed.  With more racing we will get better."  He added, "Mondo has been doing mostly coastal races over the last two or three years he has owned the boat, but One Design is really good, and we will keep about 90% of the crew for The Nations Trophy in Palma October 10-14."

Jacob Wallenberg (SWE) with REGINA 2.0 saw an improvement in his team's results today.  "We learned how to set a rig for medium to light air conditions in the Med through trial and error, " he said.  He went on to say, "This One Design sailing is fantastic - really good fun!"  He continued, "Back in Sweden we will sail ORC and hopefully more One Design, as it is a great Class, great sailing which is very tight, and all great sailors here at Copa del Rey."

RAVING SWAN, owned by Jerome Stubler (FRA), may be having the most fun of all sailing with his son, Hugo, serving as Alternate Helmsman, as well as his wife, Nathalie, another son Oscar, and daughter, Domicille.  They have the youngest crew on board, the most women with five, and are sailing 100% Corinthian with no Group 3s at all.  "We changed the mast riggng which was not good enough upwind with no consistent results.  Downwind is good  We were over on the second start in Race 7, but we came back quickly and finished the day with 5-6-6."

In BMW ORC 1 Dominique Luna Tudela and MARINA GREENWICH (MAGICAL) was 2nd in Race 9.


"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.






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