A total of 120 teams from 22 countries will take tomorrow the first starting line of the 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE, scheduled for 13h00. The fleet will be distributed into eight classes: Gaastra IRC 0, Gaastra IRC 1, Barclays 52 Super Series, Gazprom Swan 60, BMW ORC 1, BMW ORC 2, Nespresso X-35 and Herbalife J80.
Gaastra IRC 0
Five great Mini Maxi teams, of 72 feet long (22 meters), will compete in the class Gaastra IRC 0, including the defending champion, Andres Soriano’s British entry “Alegre”. Used to competing against each other on the European circuit, “Alegre”, “Robertissima” and “Jethou” will be aware of the performance of its U.S. rivals, “Shockwave” and “Bellamente”.
Gaastra IRC 1
The TP52 from the Spanish Navy “Aifos” and Jacinto Rodríguez’s “Duende” are the Spanish entries in a fleet with seven other rivals from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Russia and Switzerland.
Gazprom Swan 60
The 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE will score as the Gazprom Swan 60 Class World Championship. At its debut as a class in the Mediterranean, seven boats from four nationalities will compete (China, Denmark, British Virgin Islands and Russia), including defending world champion Vladimir Liubomirov’s “Bronenosec”.
Barclays 52 Super Series
This is the most professional fleet of the regatta, with eight teams from Brazil, USA, France, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden and Turkey. Last Copa del Rey’s winner and the class world champion in 2014, American Doug De Vos’ “Quantum Racing” will be back defending their title. The 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE is the third scoring event for the Barclays 52 Super Series European Tour.
BMW ORC 1
The most numerous and diversified class of this edition has 39 boats from Germany, Armenia, Chile, Spain, France, Holland, England, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. And of course boats as Catalan Rafael Carbonell’s “Rats on Fire”, winner of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE 2013, or Romanian Natalia Brailoiu’s “Natalia”, European Champion 2014.
BMW ORC 2
23 entries will compete in this class, including last year’s winner, Enrique Terol and Pedro Campos’ Synergy “Movistar”, who reach Palma looking for their sixth win as a team.
The one-design class Nespresso X-35 will line up 12 boats, including Spaniards Javier Sanz’s “Red Eléctrica de España”, Miquel Colomer’s “Desafino”, Jose Luis Maldonado’s “Fyord – Valencia Luxury” and Javier Banderas’ “Puerto Deportivo Benalmádena”.
A fleet of 16 boats will compete for the title in the Herbalife J80 one-design class, including international entries in the class, Alexey Semenov and Hugo Rocha’s “New Territories”, world champion and winner of the last Copa del Rey MAPFRE.
The bay is waiting
The competition program will consists of six days of racing with up to 11 races in all classes except in the one designs (Nespresso X-35 and Herbalife J80), which can sail up to 12. From the eighth race sailed a discard may be applied. The classes Gaastra IRC 0, Gazprom Swan 60 and Barclays 52 Super Series will sail their coastal race on Wednesday; the classes Gaastra IRC 1 and BMW ORC 1 and ORC 2 will do it on Thursday. “We are going to have wind”, explains race official Gaspar Morey. “We expect a week of wind from the South-south east, reinforced with the “Embat”, the typical wind in the bay of Palma.
The fleet will compete on three race courses, controlled by a team of about 50 people, including members of the Committee, race officials, juries and measurers.
The RCNP, center of the social activity
The Real Club Náutico de Palma will host all the social activity of 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE. During the mornings, the Nespresso Brunch will offer breakfasts to participants and guests at the restaurant El Náutico before docking out. At the end of the day, the action will move to the sailors’ tent in the terrace of the yacht club, with daily performances by Pachá.
The 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE is organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma and will be held from August 2nd to the 9th, 2014.
Program for the 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE
– Monday, August 4th – Racing from 13h00
– Tuesday, August 5th – Racing from 13h00. Sailor’s Party
– Wednesday, August 6th – Racing from 13h00
– Thursday, August 7th – Racing from 13h00. Owners’ Dinner.
– Friday, August 8th – Racing from 13h00
– Saturday, August 9th – Racing from 13h00. Prize giving at 21h00.