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After the opening salvos at Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre

Monday August 1st 2011, Author: Evo Dallo, Location: Spain

The 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre opened today with two windward-leewards which started at 13:00 as scheduled, thanks to a reliable sea breeze which picked up to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Container, Earlybird, Nextel Engineering and Rats on Fire are early leaders after scoring two bullets in IRC A, IRC B, J/80 and RI 1 respectively, whereas competition was tighter in the X-35 class and RI 2.

Two back to back wins for the Markus Wieser-skippered TP52 Container in the opening races put her first in IRC A, though first to cross the finish line in the first and second race were the Mini Maxis Sir Peter Ogden's JV60 Jethou, with ex-Alinghi tactician Brad Butterworth on board, and George Sakellaris' JV72 Shockwave. Container  was able to lead from the first beat and extend on José Cusí's TP52 Bribón, which posted a second and third, leaving them second overall after day one, followed by the HRH Felipe de Borbón-helmed Hispano, which was fourth and second.

There were also good results for Germany in the IRC B division where German flagged boats hold the three top positions after day one: Hendrik Brandis' Swan 45 Earlybird, Bernard Xiberras' Speedy and Emma belonging to Johann Killinger.

J/80 World Champion Ignacio Camino was dominant in the one design class division, and is first after scoring two bullets today. Two time Star World Champion Toño Gorostegui is second, after a sixth and a second place, whereas Olympic Finn gold medalist Jose María Van der Ploeg's Factorenergia – Great Sailing Quum is third.

Racing was tighter in the X-35 class, where just four boats stand within three points. Who's Next finished the day with a first and a fourth to lead the overall standings ahead of Red Eléctrica de España of Javier Sanz, and Ingo Dietrich's X on the beach is third.

Defending champion Rafael Carbonell's Swan 45 Rats on Fire prevailed again in RI 1, with two bullets in the Bravo race area, opposite to the Port of Palma, where the largest fleet of the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre delivered the tightest racing of the day: Cuadernos Rubio, Luso Roux and Mapfre were second, third and fourth respectively, with the same results in the second race, and all of them finished within one minute on corrected.

The Melges 32 fleet will make its debut tomorrow in the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre after today's practice race held in the Charly where the IRC fleet is racing.



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