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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hot on Their Heels in Palma

Palma de Mallorca, 4 August

Discards were applied in the 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre after eight races were held. Bribón's advantage over Container shrinks to six points in IRC A, whereas Speedy cuts down distances upon Earlybird in IRC B. Melges 32Argo stays on top in the OD fleet with the discard still undelivered.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
With just four races to go all sailors were been able to discard their worst result with the exception of the Melges 32 fleet which is two races behind and will do that tomorrow. Palma again delivered near perfect sailing conditions with 10-12 knots of sea breeze.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Bribón's lead over Container is now reduced from eleven to six points after the discard was applied. The TP52 steered by Galicia born sailor and round the world skipper Gonzalo Araújo won two second places, whereas Udo Schutz's Container was third and first, thus pulling up to second in the overall results after eight races and one discard. The fight for first place continues in IRC A, as Bribón only leads by six points over Container, while Shockwave, Jethou, Gladiator and Hispano will battle it out. Kiko Sánchez Luna and Fernando León's BC 52Hispano with HRH Felipe de Borbón at the helm was sixth and fourth, thus dropping to sixth in the overall after eight races. In IRC B British Speedy struggles and cuts down distances with Earlybird, which stays at the top, but just six points ahead.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
In Melges 32 John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti with Italian ace Vasco Vascotto onboard ruled today with two bullets that has them in third overall. Argo had a shocker in the first race to finish in 13th position  but  with Cameron Appleton calling tactics remains on top of the board after a second and a third places which leave them with a 12 point buffer over second placed and current World Champions B-Lingsailing.com. With Luca Lalli on the helm and America's Cup skipper Lorenzo Bressani calling the shots B-Lingsailing.com racked up third and sixth.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
In the J-80 fleet Jose María van der Ploeg's Factorenergia – Great Sailing Quum pulled up to first after finishing second in both races. The Olympic Spanish sailor is accompanied by his eleven year old son Jose María Van der Ploeg Junior, the youngest sailor in the regatta. World Champion Nextel Engineering could only manage a third and a fifth.
Earlybird Photo: Nico Martinez/Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
After three days of Italian dominationin the X-35 class, the Spanish boat Iberostar has stepped up to the podium after a humble start in the competition. Javier Bandera's new X with two time Olympic sailor Luís Doreste calling tactics won today's first race and was third in the second, and moves up to third overall. Italian Tixelio is second just one point ahead, and Hotelplan remain on top despite a blunder in the last race with an eighth position, and a third in the second.

In RI 1 Rafael's Carbonell Rats on Fire with Rayco Tabares calling the shots is now leading after her 2-1 today, extending her advantage over second classified Cuadernos Rubio, a Swan 45 steered by Platú 25 world champion Manu Weiller, to 12 points. The latter has a five point advantage over Giacomo Miscioscia's Italian Swonderfull, which benefited when Axel Rodger's Mapfre's was over the line in the first race and is now third overall.

Pedro Campos Movistar leads the RI 2 scoreboard after one discard, ahead of Sydney and Athens Olympic sailor Gustavo Martínez Doreste's Power Plate by three points. Campos was replaced by Pablo Iglesias on the helm today, who won one of the races, after the Galicia born sailor and project manager injured his eye yesterday and is unfit to sail.

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