40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE

Marcus Brennecke’s ClubSwan 50 Hatari clinched the ClubSwan 50 class title on the final race at the 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE but the German flagged crew endured some unnecessarily nervous moments after the nearest rivals Stefan Heidenreich’s OneGroup seemingly came back from the dead after being over the start line early.

From being a long way ahead of OneGroup, Hatari found themselves needing to cover their opponents to close out the prestigious title which last year eluded them on the final day by one single point at Mallorca’s summer showcase regatta.

Teatro Soho Caixabank, winner in BMW ORC 2 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Teatro Soho Caixabank, winner in BMW ORC 2 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

“I am relieved, happy but relieved. We did not make it easy on ourselves and ended up having to keep a cover on them so it is good to win.” Smiled Marcus Wieser, German flagged Hatari’s tactician.

“We had to play it safe in the end which is a bit mad when we were third at the top mark and he was second to last, but we had to match them in the end. It was a good week, we have won three of the four events now this season, Scarlino, Sardinia and here but sadly not the Worlds and fourth at the worlds. I think last year we won the preliminary series last season and so this time we started defensively and caught up. It is a bit like match racing when you win the round robin and then lose the semi final.”

Brennecke said “Winning the Copa del Rey is great I am proud of the team and my son on board and I am very happy, it was close until the end in this great one design class.”

Scugnizza, winner in BMW ORC 3 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © Laura G. Guerra / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Scugnizza, winner in BMW ORC 3 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © Laura G. Guerra / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

Hatari won by five points ahead of OneGroup which has Germany’s Jochen Schümann calling tactics whilst NiRaMo, of Sonke Meier-Sawatzki which had Cameron Appleton as tactician took third.

In the ClubSwan 36 fleet Giangiacomi Serena’s G Spot retained the title they won last year but this time they came from behind on the last day to overhaul Lorenzo Mondo’s Farstar which led the event from Day 2. A second with Farstar fifth was enough to give G Spot the overall win by a single point.

“We had our best race on the last day. We were in front of Farstar and managed to put one boat between us and them and that was enough.” Said Michele Paoletti, G Spot’s winning tactician, “It was much harder this year. The level in this fleet has gone up so much in a year it is incredible.”

In the BMW ORC Class 1 fleet it was Carl-Peter Forster and his young Bayerischer YC youth offshore programme team on the 2008 TP52 Red Bandit which prevailed, winning by five clear points, finishing 1,2,1,3 and overcoming a Race 1 DSQ to give a delighted owner his first win at his first ever Copa del Rey. The youth crew, led by eight times America’s Cup campaigner Kiwi Alan Smith, achieved the first class win here for the boat which started life as Mean Machine and was third and fourth in recent years as Freccia Rossa.

Owner Carl-Peter Forster enthused, “It is awesome, just awesome. With a young team they are so enthusiastic, they are super good sailors already and learning so much so quickly. It was brilliant. And the event is brilliant. After the protest we just said ‘OK it’s behind us, just let’s look forwards and move forwards. We knew this second phase could work in our favour and we could lose some of the big points. And these young guys are just awesome.”

Meerblick Fun, winner in BMW ORC 4 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Meerblick Fun, winner in BMW ORC 4 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

Spain’s Pedro Vaquer Nadir won the ClubSwan 42 class by five points, taking second in the final race. J80 world champion Rayco Tabares, Nadir’s tactician said, “It has been an interesting week for us. It’s not how you start the week but how you finish. The scoring format has benefited us, this year just the opposite of last year, when we went into the Final with a big lead and they cut us back, but this year it has benefited us because we hadn’t made the cut very well. We have been changing things on the boat and the team has sailed at a very good level. This is my seventh Cup win and personally and I’m very happy.”

G Spot, winner in ClubSwan 36 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © SwanClub / Studio Borlenghi
G Spot, winner in ClubSwan 36 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © SwanClub / Studio Borlenghi

In BMW ORC 2 Javier Banderas won with the ClubSwan 42 Teatro Soho Caixabank. He said “We are on cloud nine, this victory is a great success because it has been such hard work. On paper it maybe looks easy in places but we have had races that we have won by just a couple of seconds. The key to this team is the years of sailing together. At the beginning we were getting hit from all sides, but we have worked very hard since then and the base of the team, which is from Malaga as well as Luis Doreste and Domingo Manrique, is the same as it was years ago. There are moments when just by looking at each other we know what each other needs.”

Enzo de Blasio’s Italia 11.98 Scugnizza secured the biggest winning margin of the regatta, 15 points ahead of second place in BMW ORC 3 whilst ORC BMW 4 was won by Germany’s Otto Pohlmann on his J99 Meerblick Fun. Pohlmann and his mixed German, Spanish and Kiwi crew also race in the 6 Metre, Dragon and a Classic.

Red Bandit, winner in BMW ORC 1 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Red Bandit, winner in BMW ORC 1 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

“We knew going into today we had the lead and just had to do better than fourth. We had a good start and then could control the upwind. We have a fantastic team all from the club here in Palma” said Meerblick Fun’s Sam Francis Hume.

In the Herbalife J70 class the title went to Alcaidesa Marina skippered by Gustavo Martínez Doreste whilst the Sotheby’s Mallorca Women’s Cup went to the local Balearia team of María Bover.

Balearia took the overall Copa del Rey MAPFRE title for the one designs, and in the corrected time divisions it was Teatro Soho Caixabank.

Nadir, winner in ClubSwan 42 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © SwanClub / Studio Borlenghi
Nadir, winner in ClubSwan 42 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © SwanClub / Studio Borlenghi

Quotes from the winners

Markus Wieser, tactician on Hatari (GER), winner in ClubSwan 50 class:
“I am relieved, happy but relieved. We did not make it easy on ourselves and ended up having to keep a cover on them so it is good to win. We had to play it safe in the end which is a bit mad when we were third at the top mark and he was second to last, but we had to match them in the end. It was a good week, we have won three of the four events now this season, Scarlino, Sardinia and here but sadly not the Worlds and fourth at the worlds. I think last year we won the preliminary series last season and so this time we started defensively and caught up. It is a bit like match racing when you win the round robin and then lose the semi final.”

Michele Paoletti, tactician on G Spot (ITA), winner in ClubSwan 36 class:
“We had our best race on the last day. We were in front of Farstar and managed to put one boat between us and them and that was enough. It was much harder this year. The level in this fleet has gone up so much in a year it is incredible.”

Javier Banderas, owner of Teatro Soho Caixabank (ESP), winner of BMW ORC 2 class:
“We are on cloud nine, this victory is a great success because it has been such hard work. On paper it maybe looks easy in places but we have had races that we have won by just a couple of seconds. The key to this team is the years of sailing together. At the beginning we were getting hit from all sides, but we have worked very hard since then and the base of the team, which is from Malaga as well as Luis Doreste and Domingo Manrique, is the same as it was years ago. There are moments when just by looking at each other we know what each other needs.”

Rayco Tabares, tactician of Nadir (ESP), winner of ClubSwan 42 class:
“It has been an interesting week for us. It’s not how you start the week but how you finish. The scoring format has benefited us, this year just the opposite of last year, when we went into the Final with a big lead and they cut us back, but this year it has benefited us because we hadn’t made the cut very well. We have been changing things on the boat and the team has sailed at a very good level. This is my seventh Cup win and personally and I’m very happy.”

Alcaidesa Marina, winner in Herbalife J70 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © Nico Martínez / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Alcaidesa Marina, winner in Herbalife J70 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © Nico Martínez / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

Overall Results:

ClubSwan 50
1. Hatari, Marcus Brennecke, 4+4+1+1+2+11=23pts
2. OneGroup, Stefan HeidenReich, 3+1+2+9+1+12=28pts
3. Niramo, Sonke Meier-Sawatzki, 6+2+5+2+10+3=28pts
… 14 boats.

ClubSwan 42
1. Nadir, Pedro Vaquer, 5+2+2+1+3+2=15pts
2. Koyre-Spirit of Nerina, Mirko Bargolini, 1+7+1+8+1+3=21pts
3. Pez de abril, José María Meseguer, 3+4+6+2+2+4=21pts
… 9 boats.

ClubSwan 36
1. G Spot, Giangiancomo Serena, 2+1+5+3+1+2=14pts
2. Farstar, Lorenzo Mondo, 1+3+1+2+3+5=15pts
3. Facing Future, Mehmetr Taki, 4+2+4+6+2+6=24pts
… 8 boats.

BMW ORC 1
1. Red Bandit, Carl-Peter Forster, 4+6+1+2+1+3=17pts
2. From Now On, Ezequiel Despontin, 5+3+7+1+4+4=24pts
3. Estrella Damm, Luis Martínez Doreste, 2+2+3+5+8,5+5=25,5pts
… 18 boats.

BMW ORC 2
1. Teatro Soho Caixabank, Daniel Cuevas, 1+1+5+1+2+1=11pts
2. Rivareno Gelato-Elena Nova, Plump/Sanz, 3+3+6+2+1+3=18pts
3. Katarina II, Aivar Tuulberg, 2+2+2+3+6+4=19pts
… 14 boats.

BMW ORC 3
1. Scugnizza, Enzo de Blasio, 1+2+5+1+1+3=13pts
2. Brujo, Federico Linares, 2+4+1+3+14+4=28pts
3. Varicentro, Ignacio Zalvide, 5+5+4+2+12+2=30pts
… 21 boats.

BMW ORC 4
1. Meerblick Fun, Otto Pohlmann, 1+NSC/8+NSC/8+1+1+1=20pts
2. Enewtec, F. Miguel Giménez, 2+NSC/8+NSC/8+2+2+2=24pts
3. Pulpo Negro, Giampiero Giannetti, 6+NSC/8+1+4+5+6=29pts
… 7 boats.

Mallorca Sotheby’s Women’s Cup
1. Balearia, María Bover, 1+2+3+5+1+1+2+3+2=19pts
2. Dorsia Covirán, Natalia Vía-Dufresne, 2+3+1+1+4+6+1+2+4=23pts
3. Soho Boutique Hotels-Trocadero, Eva González, 3+1+4+2+2+3+3+1+2=29pts
… 9 boats.

Herbalife Nutrition J70
1. Alcaidesa Marina, Gustavo Martínez Doreste, 2+1+2+1+3+3+2+2+2=18pts
2. Les Roches-Tripsst, Luis Bugallo, 1+2+3+3+1+1+7+4+3=25pts
3. Bodega Can Marles, Jorge Martínez Doreste, 3+3+5+4+2+2+1+1+4=25pts
… 8 boats.

Overall result here

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Hatari, winner in ClubSwan 50 - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © SwanClub / Studio Borlenghi
Hatari, winner in ClubSwan 50 – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © SwanClub / Studio Borlenghi
Balearia, winner in Mallorca Sotheby's Women's Cup - 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © Nico Martínez / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Balearia, winner in Mallorca Sotheby’s Women’s Cup – 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © Nico Martínez / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

HM The King Felipe VI of Spain presents the awards to the winners of the 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE

The awards ceremony of the 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE was presided over by HM Felipe VI. The King of Spain presented the awards to the winners of the nine classes competing for this historical 4th edition.

40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE prizegiving event - photo © Laura G. Guerra / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE prizegiving event – photo © Laura G. Guerra / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

The champions of the 40 Copa del Rey MAPFRE are the Germans Hatari in ClubSwan 50, Red Bandit in BMW ORC 1 and Meerblick Fun in BMW ORC 4; the Italians Scugnizza in BMW ORC 3 and G Spot in ClubSwan 36; and the Spaniards Nadir in ClubSwan 42, Teatro Soho Caixabank in BMW ORC 2, Balearia in Mallorca Sotheby’s Women’s Cup and Alcaidesa Marina in Herbalife J70.

The MAPFRE Special Trophy for the best boat in corrected time went o Teatro Soho Caixabank -BMW ORC 2-, while the best one design was Balearia -Mallorca Sotheby’s Women’s Cup.

Winners of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Winners of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
G Spot, winner in ClubSwan 36 - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
G Spot, winner in ClubSwan 36 – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Meerblick Fun, winner in BMW ORC 4 - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Meerblick Fun, winner in BMW ORC 4 – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Alcaidesa Marina, winner in Herbalife J70 - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Alcaidesa Marina, winner in Herbalife J70 – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Teatro Soho Caixabank, winner in BMW ORC 2 and MAPFRE Special Trophy for the best boat in corrected time. - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Teatro Soho Caixabank, winner in BMW ORC 2 and MAPFRE Special Trophy for the best boat in corrected time. – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Red Bandit, winner in BMW ORC 1 - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Red Bandit, winner in BMW ORC 1 – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Balearia, winner in Mallorca Sotheby´s Women´s Cup and MAPFRE Special Trophy Trofeo MAPFRE for the best one design - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Balearia, winner in Mallorca Sotheby´s Women´s Cup and MAPFRE Special Trophy Trofeo MAPFRE for the best one design – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Scugnizza, winner in BMW ORC 3 - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Scugnizza, winner in BMW ORC 3 – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Hatari, winner in ClubSwan 50 - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Hatari, winner in ClubSwan 50 – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Nadir, winner in ClubSwan 42 - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Nadir, winner in ClubSwan 42 – photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

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