“Ran” in the class IRC 0 and team “Audi All4One” in IRC 1 are proclaimed as winners of the 31st Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, the biggest regatta in the Mediterranean.
110 boats from 19 countries took part in the race held from 14 to 21 July at the Real Club Nautico de Palma. They competed in various classes , like IRC 0, IRC 1, RI 1, RI 2, J-80, X-35, and for the first year also in the class Soto 40.
Undoubtedly, the IRC 1 class had the most emotional competition as the intrigue was kept until the last day because of very tight battle between “All4One” and “Audi Azzurra”.
Although the team of Guillermo Parada was two points ahead from All4One, in the last and decisive race it was the team of Jochen Schuemann which after crossing the bow of the fleet and searching for the left hand side of the course obtained a favoured downwind that allowed him to distance his boat from the “Audi Azzurra”. Thus, the German three-time Olympic champion Jochen Schuemann together with Jordi Calafat, tactician of the All4One, got their first Copa del Rey in Palma. The second and the third place in the same class claimed “Audi Azzurra” and “Gladiator” respectively.
In the class IRC 0 the team “Ran” was declared winner despite the problem of getting hooked by a buoy at the start of the race. The second place went to “Shockwave”, and “Stig” got the third one.
The winners of other classes were proclaimed as follows: Swanderfull in RI 1, Power Plate in RI 2, Mapfre in J-80, Alegre in Soto 40 and Margherite-Jsteam in X-35.
Jordi Calafat – Audi All4One IRC 1: “Finally I got my first Copa del Rey, after so many years finishing second. Winning is always great, and this regatta is something special. Before the last race I told the crew that being third was not an option for us, victory was our goal.”
Tim Powell – Ran IRC 0: “It was a great victory, because the regatta was specially tough. The mini-maxi fleet was very competitive, and it included the world champions. We are very proud we could beat them and happy to see that our boat is in very good health. Conditions were magnificent, the Organizing Committee did an excellent job and we could complete the whole racing schedule.”
Source: Real Club Náutico de Palma