Sunshine and boiling summer heat, the 37 Copa del Rey MAPFRE may be the biggest ever but it is likely one of the hottest ever. The local Mallorcan newspapers are talking of heat ‘like Africa’! And one of the key attributes required at the ‘Copa, is stamina. It is a long regatta, racing six days Monday to Saturday. The ability to stay regular, consistent is important. And after the glitz and glamour of last night’s ubiquitous Owners Party today there are a few dusty looking crews on the dock before racing.
The finely balanced ClubSwan 50 fleet are off on their coastal race today, NiRaMo leading by three points over Earlybird with Cuordileone catching up at four points behind Earlybird. This could be the decisive day for the highly competitive one designs. While their course is set to go to the west – maybe out to Santa Ponsa – there is the distinct possibility of a sting in the tale. Around 1600hrs some forecasts have a heavy rain shower coming over the race area which would kill off the breeze. If it doesn’t, well and good, we should see 11-15kts of breeze and a cracking race. If it does, that could prove problematic. Ariane Mainemare, PRO on the coastal course today warns:
“There will be sea breeze inside the bay, the forecast suggests there will be up to 15kts, so the most we will have seen if it comes in as forecast. For the coastal the forecast is also good, more from about 300 degrees, 12-14kts, but there is a big risk of showers at 1600hrs or thereabouts, and if that passes across the race area then there will be a shut down. But there are two possibilities, it will pass to the north, or it will come this way."
There are three coastal courses, all to the west, one to Santa Ponsa, one to El Torro half way and one just inside the bay.
Otherwise there are windward-leeward races today for everyone except the GC 32s which do their own thing, but the coastak is for BMW ORC 1 and the three Swan one designs. One the Alpha area (the closest to Palma) the 6 Metres and the Herbalife Nutrition J80 race as usual. On Bravo (in front of the airport) the GC32; on Charlie (center of the bay) the BMW ORC 2 and 3; Delta is Mallorca Sotheby's IRC and Melges 40.
"Momo" lead Mallorca Sotheby's IRC 0, "Team Beau Geste" top Mallorca Sotheby's IRC 1, "Niramo" are ahead of the ClubSwan 50, "K-Force" in MRW Swan 45, "Selene" in ClubSwan 42, "INEOS Racing UK" in GC32," Stig "in Melges 40," Estrella Damm "in BMW ORC 1," Antonio Banderas Design "in BMW ORC 2," L'Immens - Laplaza Assesors "in BMW ORC 3," Bribon "in 6 Meters Classics, "Sophie Racing" in 6 Modern Meters and "Bribon Movistar" in Herbalife Nutrition J80.
First starting signals are from 1300hrs local time.