Competitors prepare to take to the waters of the Bay of Palma for the 40th anniversary edition of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE. And while racing proper starts tomorrow Monday this is the official practice race day which allows the teams to fine tune their boat and one last polish to their crew work before the first of six racing days. It also allows the race management teams to do the same, fine tune their comms with their mark layers and all their support personnel on the water, timers, spotters and the results service ashore.
The official training is for all the classes except for the Herbalife J/70 and the Sotheby Mallorca Women’s Cup. All will do one windward-leeward race in what should be typical Palma conditions "We expect an Embat of 10-12 knots which will probably take a while to build but it will allow us to complete the day's program", explained Gaspar Morey the chief race officer. Today, starting at 1:00 p.m., the three ClubSwan classes compete on the Alfa area (the closest to Palma) and the BMW ORC 1 and 2 on the Charlie (in the center of the bay), and at 2:30 p.m. BMW ORC 3 and 4. The Herbalife J70 and Mallorca Sotheby's Women's Cup classes will start their training race tomorrow.
A history in words and pictures
Ashore the Real Club Náutico de Palma will host the official presentation of the commemorative book about the regatta on the 40th anniversary of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE at 6:00 p.m. It is a unique publication which spans four decades of history of the event that put Mallorca on the map among the very best regatta venues in the world.