Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bribón Busts A Move in Palma

Palma de Mallorca, August 2

The second day of racing in Palma delivered unusual conditions and a new leader in the IRC division, Bribón, a win for Argo and another for B-Lin Sailing.com in the Melges 32 class, and no major changes among the other fleets.
Photo: Pedro Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Differences in wind pressure between the inner and the outer race areas and strong shifts have marked the second day of racing at the 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. Conditions were demanding for the 117 helmsmen in the seven fleets and the race committee, who had a frustrating wait for up to an hour while the breeze to settled. The race area Alpha, in front of the airport, N-NWly was the predominant direction, the Bravo and Charlie areas enjoyed a SWly breeze, known as Xaloc in the local argot. Neither of the breezes built above the 11 knots today.
Photo: Pedro Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
José Cusí's Bribón had a great day with two bullets. The first race for the IRC A fleet started in a nor'westerly breeze which soon shifted to right reaching the 150, thus matching the prediction, and finally established at the 135. This favored Bribón, which went to the left after a good start at the pin end to leeward of the fleet, and Aifos steered by HRH Princess Cristina, which chose the same side. The white Audi MedCup Circuit TP52 controlled the race from beginning to end, and Aifos managed third.

Container who lead the scoreboard after day one, finished eighth in the first race, but clawed their way back to second in the second race, right behind Bribón, which racked up her second win of the day. Araujo lead five clear points ahead of Container who are second, followed by HRH Felipe of Borbón steered Hispano's 5-3. In IRC B, Earlybird remains leader after four bullets in two days.
Photo: Pedro Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
The debut of the Melges 32 class delivered exciting, tight and full on racing . American Argo signed the class first partial victory in the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, with two times America's Cup champion Cameron Appleton onboard. Second was Melges 32 world champion B-Lin Sailing.com of Luca Lalli and Lorenzo Bressani. British Dawn Raid of Olympic Andy Beadworth was third.

The J-80 fleet, the other one design class making its debut, registered no changes. Nextel signed a second in the first race, and first was Maqueche from Cantabria, the province with the largets J-80 fleet in Spain. The second race was held in very shifty winds which forced two general recalls, and start was given with a black flag. Nextel was fourth after moving up several positions, and remains leader, followed by Javier Aguado's Crocs and Van der Ploeg is third.
Photo: Pedro Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
The X-35 class was to compete in the Charlie race area, where conditions were as tricky, and caused several changes in the classification which sees Hotelplan climb to the top of the scoreboard.

RI1 delivered less surprises, and Rats on Fire with Raico Tabares remains first after today's 1-4, thus opening a 12 points gap upon second classified Cuadernos Rubio. In RI 2 Telefónica ex-Volvo Ocean Race CEO Pedro Campos Movistar beat her main contendent Olympic Gustavo Martínez Doreste's Power Plate, and the two boats are now first and second respectively, with a four points advantage for the Galicia born Campos.

Tomorrow a double scoring coastal race of around 30 miles awaits the two compensated time fleets of the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre (IRC and RI). X-35 and Melges 32 will race in front of Ca'n Pastilla, whereas the J-80's stay at area Alpha, in front of the airport.

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