Please select your home edition
Edition
Musto 2017 728x90 Superhuman

111 teams and 18 nationalities are gearing up for the 40th edition of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE

by 40 Copa del Rey MAPFRE 20 Jul 15:52 BST 1-6 August 2022
Copa del Rey MAPFRE: ClubSwan 50 fleet © Nico Martimez / Martinez Studio

With just under two weeks until the 40th edition of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE kicks off at the Real Club Náutico de Palma, preparations are well under way to host a big fleet that is gearing up to compete in one of the most special editions to date.

A total of 111 teams and 18 nationalities will come face to face on the racecourse in the Bay of Palma over the course of six days of competition, with the first start gun programmed for Monday 1st August.

Four divisions for the BMW ORC fleet

As was the case in the last edition, the fleet will be divided almost equally into five kinds of one design classes, sailing in real time, and four classes maintaining the traditional corrected time format: BMW ORC 1, 2, 3 and 4. Moreover, the fleet includes several of the 2021 winners, returning to ratify their victory and to claim the coveted Cup title.

Group 1 includes the longest boats in the fleet, and sees the runner-up champions from the last edition, Argentinian Fernando Chaín's From Now On, as well as the Spanish Navy's signature boat Aifos 500, with HM King Felipe VI habitually sailing onboard, who were just three points away from the podium last year.

The BMW ORC 2 defender will also be back; Javier Banderas' Teatro Soho Caixabank will attempt to repeat the great results which led them to victory last year ahead of the Valencian M8 who are also among the fleet.

The smaller boats competing in groups 3 and 4, include teams such as Tanit 4 Medilevel owned by María José Vila with Nacho Campos at the helm, and Italian team Enzo de Blasio's Scugnizza.

For the four divisions of ORC, the Race Committee have programmed 11 windward-leeward races.

One Designs

Out of the five one designs competing in real time, three will be sailing with the prestigious Finnish boat yard Nautor's Swan. The ClubSwan fleet joined the Copa del Rey MAPFRE five years ago, with the ClubSwan 50 and ClubSwan 42, and this year return to the event in Palma along with the fleet of ClubSwan 36, which had their christening in the event last year.

Two out of the three winning teams from 2021 return: Hendrik Brandis' German team Earlybird in the ClubSwan 50 and Italian team Giangiancomo Serena's G Spot in the ClubSwan 36. The three divisions will undoubtedly be among the most competitive.

Likewise, in both the Herbalife J70 and Mallorca Sotheby's Women's Cup classes, the favourites for victory are the two defenders of the title: Marcelo Baltzer Foucher's Let it be in the J70, with Juan Calvo in charge, and Nuria Sánchez's Dorsia Covirán, skippered by Natalia Vía-Dufresne in the exclusively women's class.

The ClubSwan competition has programmed a total of 11 races from Monday 1st August to Saturday 6th, whilst the Herbalife J70 and Mallorca Sotheby's Women's Cup classes may complete up to 14, beginning on Tuesday 2nd August.

The 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE is organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Real Federación Española de Vela (lit. Spanish Royal Sailing Federation) and sponsored by MAPFRE, with the institutional collaboration of the Govern de les Illes Balears (Balearic Islands government), the Ayuntamiento de Palma (Palma Town Hall), the Autoritat Portuaria de Balears (Balearic Islands Port Authority) and the Federación Balear de Vela (Balearic Islands Sailing Federation).

Find out more at www.regatacopadelrey.com

Related Articles

40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE overall
Hatari found themselves needing to cover their opponents to close out the prestigious title 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. Posted on 7 Aug
ClubSwan at the 40 Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Class winners undecided right up to final race The competitive spirit at the core of the ClubSwan Racing experience kept the outcome of several classes at the 40 Copa del Rey MAPFRE in the balance until the very end. Posted on 7 Aug
40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE day 5
Closing in on the titles After a second and a first today, their strongest performance of the week in the best sea breeze so far, Marcus Brennecke's double world champions Hatari lead the ClubSwan 50 class into the final day of the 40th Copa del Rey MAPRFE. Posted on 5 Aug
40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE day 4
It's the big squeeze as racing moves into the finals As the 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE passed today into the Finals stage many of the class leads are cut right back to one or two points which should ensure an exciting finale on Saturday. Posted on 5 Aug
40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE day 3
Preliminary Series finishes today, Finals start tomorrow As the 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE passes from the Preliminary Series which finished today to the three day Finals there are winners and losers as the points scores carried forwards are those of the Preliminary finishing position. Posted on 3 Aug
40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE day 2
Scugnizza opens up a huge lead in ORC Class 3 With four good races now sailed at Palma, Mallorca's showcase 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE the only boat with a perfect scoreline - four first places - is Enzo de Blasio's all Italian Italia 11.98 Scugnizza which finished runners up in class last year. Posted on 2 Aug
40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE day 1
The Bay of Palma switched on a perfect sea breeze to open the event The Bay of Palma switched on a perfect 14kts sea breeze to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE. And though it built a little, there was more than enough going on with small shifts and changes in wind pressure. Posted on 1 Aug
40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE under starter's orders
Points racing on the Bay of Palma begins Monday After a weekend of preliminary build up onshore events and today's official practice race, the 40th anniversary edition of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE opens with points racing on the Bay of Palma Monday. Posted on 31 Jul
40th edition of Copa del Rey MAPFRE opens
Over 100 yachts and close to 20 nationalities competing in the Bay of Palma On Friday the Real Club Náutico de Palma hosted the opening act of the premier event of the season, which this year celebrates its 40th edition with over one hundred participants and close to 20 nationalities competing in the Bay of Palma. Posted on 29 Jul
40th edition of Copa del Rey MAPFRE opens Friday
Introduction from Manuel Fraga, Director of the Regatta The most eagerly awaited event of the Mediterranean sailing season celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Since the very first edition was held in 1982, mustering more than fifty boats, the Copa del Rey MAPFRE has continued to evolve. Posted on 28 Jul