Magic Carpet Cubed prevails
Victory in the Wally class was still up for grabs as the big boat class at Gaastra PalmaVela sailed a 27 mile coastal race. This turned into a two way fight between the WallyCentos with Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed ultimately finishing four and a half minutes ahead of Thomas Bscher's Open Season (ex-Hamilton). This was enough to secure Owen-Jones' yacht the win in the Wally class with Antonio Cacace’s Magic Blue with Sergio Lottini at the helm, second and the podium completed by PalmaVela's 2013 winner, Jean-Charles Decaux’s J One.
In the Mini Maxis, Niklas Zennström’s new Rán V had the title sewn up yesterday, leaving the rest of the highly competitive 72 footer to fight for the remaining podium positions. In today’s coastal race Andrés Soriano’s Alegre came out on top, while the Rán team beat their old boat, now Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima into second by just three seconds on the water. These results left Robertissima second overall but moved Alegre up to third, just one point ahead of Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou.
Iñigo Losada, crew member onboard Robertissima III commented on today's racing: "The team is very happy because it is the first time we have sailed with this boat and some crew members are new as well. But despite all this, we have adapted really well. We have options to stay at the top and we will fight the next races to win. There was no discussion here, Rán V was the best, but we have the feeling that we can keep ahead."
After taking the lead in the IRC fleet yesterday, the TP52 Provezza 7 won Gaastra PalmaVela for a second consecutive year. Determined to fulfil this outcome, the Turkish boat added a first and a second place in today’s windward-leewards to top the leaderboard three points ahead of Brazilian Eduardo de Souza’s new Botin and Partners-designed TP52 Phoenix, second, with Harm Muller Spreer's new Carkeek 47 Platoon a further three points astern in third.
Fighting it out for the Soto 40 European title, it was Portuguese Pedro Mendonça’s Bigamist, with Afonso Domingos at the helm, that recovered from second place to take the title. Today they posted a 1-2 to come out on top ahead of German Hendrik Brandis’ Earlybird and Glen Ellen XXII skippered by Guillaume Berenger.
Domingos commented: "It was a very difficult race; especially today because Earlybird sailed very well all the time and had better speed than us, especially when the conditions changed a bit and we had to readjust."
The fleet will next line up in Porquerolles, France, where the second qualifying event for the European championship will be held.
As with Rán V in the Mini Maxis, Bribon Movistar dominated the J/80. With nine races sailed, the team led by Marc de Antonio and Sofía Bertrand podiumed in all and failed to win just two... They finished the regatta on 9 points with a 17-point lead over Sebastian Allebrot’s Mnemoc with third place going to Javier Chacartegui’s HM-Hotels.
The five ORC fleets sailed today two races on the Bay of Palma. The winners were German Christian Plump’s Elena Nova and Czech Milan Hajek’s Three Sisters in ORC 0 and ORC 1, respectively.
In ORC 2, Félix Comas’ Pinyol Vermell came out on top while in ORC 3 and 4 it was Yabadaba and Ibe-Tres Mares that claimed their respective titles.
Michael Clough’s Gecko took the victory in the Flying Fifteens after three days at the top of the podium. The British crew finished five points ahead of the Irish on Olive Oyl with Fine Fettle, on which David Barber was helm, overtaking Flyinghigh to claim the final place on the podium.
As expected, Robin Hennessy’s Aphrodite won in the Dragon class. The winning crew added today two seconds and a first place today leaving them on10 points with Dragonera second on 13 points, and third place going to Young Tiger
Photos from Jesus Renedo / www.sailingstock.com