Better day for Ran
Class winners are becoming apparent at the 29th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre: Alegre in IRC A and Matador in IRC B following today's coastal race where they both showed their superiority on the water. However there were big changes in the top positions in the rest of the classes, which should result in three exciting final days of competition, especially now that the discards come into play. Itaca IX, Tanit Medilevel and Legalain have climbed onto the top of the board in RI 1, RI 2 and X-35, displacing all the former leaders, while the X-41 Ibersotar remains leader in her division.
Today the IRC and RI classes sailed a traditional coastal race, a 30 miles long and double scoring. This was held in 12-15 knots of wind which shifted from the southwest to the east. From the start, the fleet headed to an offset mark, from where they sailed downwind towards the first bottom mark, and from there to the variable windward one. The first scoring mark was placed next to Illetes, and, from there, a beat took them to the Isle of Sech, where the second scoring mark had been set, then back to Sech, and straight to the finish line.
The IRC A saw some incidents including blown spinnakers on Ran and Bellamente. The first leg was dominated by Niklas Zennstrom's J-V 72 Ran, but she was unable to shake off Andy Soriano's Mills 68 Alegre which finished ahead on corrected and continues to hold the lead in IRC A. However Ran's performance today' puts them in second displacing Container into third. Hap Fauth's Bella Mente is fourth
In IRC B, CAM was on form but despite this Fernando Leon's crew weren't able to pass Argentinean TP52 Matador. A good start and tactics allowed CAM, steered by the Prince of Asturias, to control the race from beginning to end, but on Matador Guillermo Parada cut down their lead by Illetes where the first scoring mark was placed. On the upwind leg to Sech, CAM seemed to extend again, but on corrected Matador was at both marks, after a good recovery in the first beat, CAM is now fourth, just one point behind Cristabella, which is third and Bribón is still second.