North Sails clients win nine out of ten classes in 36th Annual Regatta in Palma
A record breaking 138 boats entered into the 36th edition of the Copa Del Rey in Palma last week. This included ORC and One Design racing. The Bay of Palma is well known for its reliant 12-18 knot sea breeze, which comes in consistently as the land heats up. Due to the extreme temperatures this year, Copa Del Rey did not see these conditions until the final day of racing. Despite the light winds, the race committee managed to fit in at least nine races in all divisions.
North Sails clients won all Swan One Design classes in the regatta: Hendrik Brandis and Team in Early Bird (GER 5005) in the Swan 50 fleet, Jose Maria Meseguer’s Pez de Abril (ESP 4225) in the Swan 42 fleet, and Christian Plump and team Elena Nova in the Swan 45.
In the foiling GC32 fleet, all the podium positions used full North Sails inventories. Japanese team, Mama Aiuto, won the event after the 14 race series followed by US Team Argo and the Swiss Real Team.
Rafael Carbonell’s Swan 45, Rats on Fire (ESP 9400), racing in ORC1 won the class by two points followed by Luis Senis’ Swan 45 Parron IX (ESP 10222) – who were tied in equal points with Maserati (ESP 1234) in their DK 46. As Parron IX was carrying four-1st place finishes, this put them into runners up position. In ORC 2 Sum Innovation (ESP6746) took the lead in their Rodman 42.
The ORC 3 podium was also dominated by North Sails clients, however, the stand out performance goes to Grupo Ceres (ESP 6928) in their Dufour 45 who finished the regatta with eight bullets out of nine races, giving them an impressive 11 point lead ahead of British team Just the Job (GBR 7897R) on the J/97, who also sailed a great regatta.
A total of 29 teams, representing 9 different nations, engaged in fierce competition across six events this year. While Cape 31s have attracted some of the world's best sailors, the class rules, which limit the crew to three professionals, also create an environment where owner-drivers race with friends and family.
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