"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





"Pez de Abril" and "Nadir" Tie on Points on Day 1 at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE

Today was the start of 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE at Club Real Nautico de Palma (RCNP) in Palma de Mallorca (ESP).  Nine Swan 42s are competing in One Design; another three in the BMW ORC 1 Division.  Two races were held today with winds uncharacteristically lightening up for Race 2.

In Race 1 Jose Maria Meseguer’s PEZ DE ABRIL (ESP) was the winner and Pedro Vaquer Comas’s NADIR was 2nd.  In Race 2 it was NADIR’s turn to take the bullet and PEZ DE ABRIL was 2nd tying them at 3 points.  Jacob Wallenberg and REGINA 2.0 (SWE) placed 3rd and 6th and sit in 3rd place with 9 points after one day of racing.

“The level of sailing here is very good,” stated Meseguer.  “The first race had very steady wind; the second race was like a lottery with dramatically diminishing wind to 5-6 knots and shifting 20 degrees at times,” he added. 

Pedro Vaquer Comas was beyond pleased as this was his first 1st place ever.   He said, “I’ve sailed a lot of IRC and ORC, but to cross the line and know at an instant exactly where you stand is great, rather than having to wait while results are calculated.  He went on to say, “You might have an idea of where you are, but nothing is certain until the results are posted.”  He added, “I have had this team for the season and it requires a commitment from them to set their calendars for the regattas.”

In the BMW ORC 1 Division Christophe Wargny and ZAPPY S. are currently in 4th Place and Diana Corominus Guerin and Jordi Costa are in 6th with BLUE.

Racing continues through Saturday.

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

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