Realizing the Deram wins at 38 Copa del Rey Mapfre
4 August 2019
class win at the famous Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the Mediterranean’s
annual summer showcase regatta, can elude even some of sailing’s top
teams for many years. Others seem able to impose themselves year on
year in their chosen classes. The 132 boat 11 division 38 Copa del
Rey MAPFRE closed today with the Copa del Rey two top trophies going
to Italy’s Leonardo Ferragamo for winning the ClubSwan 50 class and
to BMW ORC Class 1 winners Estrella Damm, the DK 46 of Ignacio
Montes and Oscar Chaves.
While Estrella Damm, the DK 46 of Ignacio Montes and Oscar Chaves, reprised their success of last year, lifting the Copa del Rey MAPFRE for the handicap divisions as winners of BMW ORC 1, there was considerable cause for celebration and a measure of relief for Leornado Ferragamo and the crew of his Cuordileone when they were awarded the Cope del Rey MAPFRE trophy as top performers of the One Design classes, as the Nautor Swan President took victory in the very competitive 14 strong ClubSwan 50.
For Ferragamo the class win, and the top trophy, comes at the tenth time of asking, having campaigned in the Club Swan 42, the Swan 45, one year in the Swan 601 and, now, three years in the flourishing ClubSwan 50. For the Estrella Damm team, led by Luis Martínez Doreste, their top award repeats their success of last year when they celebrated the 20thanniversary of their crew’s first Copa del Rey win.
Having closed out their title by two points ahead Hendrik Brandis’ Earlybird, last year’s class winner a delighted Ferragamo smiled, “I feel extremely rewarded and very excited. There is a lot of relief, the tension of racing seven very intense days goes away. I think this will be my tenth Copa del Rey and to win it with the ClubSwan 50 which was one of the main classes here feels like a great achievement. I think we have taken this programme very seriously since the beginning. Now we are in the third year with the boat and we have trained properly and we have not missed a race this season.”
At their seventh attempt Jean Jacques Chaubard’s French team on the TP52 Team Vision Future lifted the BMW ORC Class 0 title. After winning every other major award in the Mediterranean and now having six podiums gained with their GP42 and two TP52s, today it was only when the result of the one final race was published on line that they realised they had finally won. Today’s showdown was so close between Howard Dyer’s second placed Rowdy Too – which won last year as Beau Geste – it was down to 15 seconds on corrected time which secured their win.
Project manager and helmsman Mikael Mergui could hardly contain himself, “I am so happy and excited. For me this is as big as it comes. We had to wait for the result to be published, it was very tight, very very tight and we saw the result come out we were so excited.”
He admits, “The last two days I have been so tight, so stressed and I made bad starts. But the guys have been great with good tactics and very good speed and that has helped us out. It is awesome for us as a team to have come here so often – seven times now – and never won after having won everything else in the Med, we are so happy. For me this is as big as it comes. We had to wait for the result to be published, it was very tight, very very tight and we saw the result come out we were so excited. We improved because we sailed on the 52 SUPER SERIES, it made us a look at every little thing to improve and we did, in Mahon and at PalmaVela, we had so much data we improved the rig tune, the sail settings, the configuration. We started sailing the boat in February and have been working hard since then.”