It is the final day of a long and hot 37 Copa del Rey. And it promises to be a tricky, challenging showdown in several classes, not least the ClubSwan 50 where the outcome hangs in the balance, one point separating leaders Earylbird, Hendrik Brandis’ crew which won last year, and Sönke Meier’s NiRaMo.
The forecasts are for a very light final day with the sea breeze – if it comes in – fighting some northerly early in the day. So perhaps there will be an element of luck comes into play.
Yesterday, NiRaMo sailed their bogey race, last in the coastal and so it will be a challenge for them to pick themselves up and sail their best race today. Both teams are looking pretty keyed up this morning. The advantage is with Earlybird as NiRaMo Movistar need to have one boat between them and the class leaders in order to win.
2 x Juans
Juan Meseguer, trimmer on Earlybird, contends, “We try sail very simple and clean and control NiRaMo and don’t make any screw ups. It sounds simple when we say it like this but it won’t be. It will be a complicated day. It will be very, very light and patchy. I think we will sail our own race at the beginning but with these things you wait and see how it happens. If there is a chance to have a go at them, we might.”
“It is a very big day. We have to do what we know how to do. We need to sail well, to start well and do our best, Yesterday we had a very bad day and started off going to the wrong side of the course. But today will be light, possibly just the one race. We need to sail our own race, to focus on ourselves and going fast, we need to put boat between them and us,” Juanpa Cadario of NiRaMo says.
The Swan 45 class is tied between Elena Nova, Christian Plump’s defending champions and Jan de Kraker’s K Force. Otherwise all but the Six Metre Classics, the Sotheby’s IRC Classes 1 and 2 are open.
There is no warning signal given after 1545hrs today and the prizegiving is at 2100hrs tonight in the presence of King Felipe.
Tom Burnham of second placed The Phoenix in IRC Class 1 confirms a light day ahead, “It will be hot and light. There is more N’ly flow and so it will be really tough for the sea breeze to get in, one forecast shows just under 10kts others have less, light and variable all day. Hopefully we will get lucky and get two races, but likely one.”