This is what they said on Day 3.
Atonio ‘Talpi’ Piris, tactician of Tenaz in ClubSwan50 class:
"We have not been in the leading group so far so this is good for us. We did not do the first two regattas of the season and then at the worlds we were only good in the last couple of days, so we are pleased. Now the start of this regatta has been good. I feel confident here but everyone in this crew has been improving a little bit in their own area. And the starts have been more or less OK and the speed of the boat has been good. The little bit of luck you need to do well in these races has been with us to, so I hope that stays with us through the second half of the week.
The owner is a young guy, just 42, and he is very concentrated. We have no pressure. We think if we finish in the upper part of the top half of the fleet then that is a success. We are quite young as a team to think of the podium.
And we feel great to be a Spanish team in among this fleet, it is a great privilege. We have a great help with Lorenzo Mazza (Ita, America’s Cup winner with Alinghi) he gives us so much knowledge, he is amazing.”
Flavio Favini, tactician of Koyre Spirit of Nerina (ITA) in ClubSwan 42 class:
“A first and second for us today though it is much trickier than the usual Copa del Rey Palma sea breeze. It was a little light with some holes and patches. It was not so one sided as it usually is. My first Copa del Rey was in 1990 on Mandrake. We have a good crew here with some good youngsters and a team of very passionate owners."
Javier Banderas, skipper of Teatro del Soho CaixaBank (ESP) in BMW ORC 2:
"The important regatta starts tomorrow, because our advantage has been reduced to the minimum. In the Final Series we don't start from zero but with a very reduced advantage, which is what will give us the place in the general classification. It is clear to us that we have to try to reduce mistakes as much as possible, the one who fails the least will win the Copa del Rey MAPFRE."