Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bribón Bolts Away at Copa del Rey in Palma

Palma de Mallorca, August 3rd.

With a good victory in today’s 30 miles high scoring coastal race José Cusí's Bribón took a big step towards their Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre victory in the IRC A division, as did Rats on Fire and Movistar in the RI 1 and 2 groups.
Photo: Pedro Martinez//Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
After a delay of an hour due to the lack of wind, races finally got underway at 13:00 hours as scheduled. Bribón, Earlybird, Rats on Fire and Movistar consolidate their lead in IRC A, IRC1 and 2 respectively, after their victories in today's high scoring coastal race, which carried a two points multiplier. The wind for the start of the 30 miles long course, which was shortened down to 24 miles for the RI division, was 10 knot southerly breeze, known locally as Embat , but it soon lost it's intensity and dropped down to seven knots as it shifted to the southwest. With six races to go, and a discard which is likely to be applied tomorrow after a minimum of eight races, the current leaders consolidate.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
In IRC A Bribón holds to the lead after the TP52 steered by Galicia born skipper Gonzalo Araújo won today's coastal race. The RCN of Palma flagged white boat won the first scoring mark rounding after times were compensated, 14,3 miles from the star, and managed to cross the finish line 14 miles later only beaten by American Shockwave of George Sakellaris, which now moves up to third in the overall classification after five races. Container could only be fifth and is now second, 11 points behind the leader Bribón. Hispano steered by HRH Felipe de Borbón drops to fifth after finishing today's coastal track in the same position after times were compensated. In IRC B, German flagged Earlybird holds to the lead in spite of her coastal third place, thus ending their winning streak of six bullets.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
While the Copa's largest vessels enjoyed the coastal track, the newcomer Melges 32 fleet run two windward leeward races which saw America's Cup skipper Cameron Appelton's Argo win again on the first one, dropping to fifth in the second, nevertheless extending her advantage upon second to seven points. Nicola Celon's 32 footer follows in the overall classification after second and fourth places, and the world champions B-Lin drops to third after a fourth and a seventh.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
The scoreboard gets tighter in J-80 after world champion Nextel Engineering of Ignacio Camino lost out to Jose María van der Ploeg's Factor Energía – Great Sailing Quum, which takes the lead after a second and a first.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
In X-35 the Italian fleet conquers the podium after Hotelplan was first and second thus holding to the lead, Tixelio is second thanks to a win in today's second race, tied in points with Ave María of Marco Balbo.

Both RI fleets also had their coastal race today, but the committee decided to shorten it down to 24 miles after the wind started loosing its strength. Rats on fire is leader after today's clear win, and Movistar leads in RI 2 after finishing first ahead of Power Plate.

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