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The Copa del Rey begins with many points in play

Posted on 30 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Competition is tough, with many points in play, as the battle is on to stay ahead in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit.

For the first time the 11 vessels in the Transpac 52 fleet taking part in the Breitling MEDCUP will come together in their entirety for the most emblematic regatta in the Mediterranean.

Eleven Transpac 52s will ensure a lot of excitement in the 24th Copa del rey Agua Brava, which takes place in the Real Club Naútico de Palma from the 30th of July to the 7th of August. The crème de la créme of international sailing will be present in Mallorcan waters – America’s Cup yachtsmen, RTW, World champions, and Olympic medallists will be among those taking the reins of these spectacular vessels, to race for victory in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit, and for success in the Copa del Rey. The incorporation of the brand new Transpac 52, Balearia, owned by Olympic medallist Toño Gorostegui means that the all of the eleven TP52s in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit will be competing in this event.

THE BATTLE RESUMES FOR THE BREITLING MEDCUP, IN THE COPA DEL REY

The Copa del Rey is sure to be a challenging event for all teams. In the first event of the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit victory went to Spanish team, Caixa Galicia, with Roberto Bermúdez de Castro at the helm, whilst Vasco Vascotto and crew were untouchable in the Trofeo S.M. La Reina, and New Zealanders on Lexus fought till the very end to gain a well deserved win in the Breitling Regatta last week. The Copa del Rey is the true test for all of the vessels. There are many points in play, many different types of races; windward-leeward, coastal, and offshore races, and this event could propel any of the teams into the lead of the Breitling MEDCUP.

Caixa Galicia, owned by Spaniard Vicente Tirado, already know what it feels like to win the coveted Copa del Rey, being the holders of the record of victories in the event with three wins in different categories. In this edition, the first for the new TP52 vessel, the team have a clear objective.
“Our aim is to win the Copa del Rey”, comments Vicente Tirado.
“We are not really concerned at this stage with the general rankings. There are still a lot of points to be won, and we won’t focus on the Circuit itself until after the Copa del Rey. Our philosophy is to approach the Circuit event by event.” The owner of Caixa Galicia adds, “The Copa del Rey is a very important event, but I don’t think it will be decisive in terms of the Breitling MEDCUP. The Class is very equal, and things can change at any time, as the level of competition in the Class is truly extraordinary.”

Movistar –Pisco Sour-, also know the taste of victory with Pedro Campos in 2002. The duo taking the helm of movistar, Campos-Vascotto, know the bahia de Palma very well, knowledge which they will surely use to their advantage in the different regattas in the event.

The recently incorporated Balearia, with the four times winner of this event, Toño Gorostegui, also has the local knowledge which could be key in this competition. The team are currently working to get the boat into optimum condition for the races which begin on Monday.

“I am very happy with the boat,” comments Gorostegui, “We have been training out on the race course over the past few days, and the boat seems to be responding well in light wind conditions. It’s been tough, but the boat is almost optimised to race now.”
Among the latest additions to the crews, is Balearia’s Tactician Santiago López-Vázquez, who is also a member of the Spanish Desafío Español America’s Cup team.

The other TP52s are currently in Palma training for the event and familiarising themselves with the race courses. Lexus will yet again have 3 times America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts at the helm, and is involved in intensive preparations right now, along with the Italian team Orlanda-Olympus, with Tomasso Chieffi, who are also preparing for the races in Palma. For the Greek vessel Atalanti XV, the pressure is on to race a good regatta, after a broken stay forced them to withdraw from two of the races in Puerto Portals, meaning they must work even harder to recover the points lost in the last event. Siemens, a recent addition to the fleet, also have the benefit of knowledge of the bay of Palma, and the conditions which the boats are likely to face out on the regatta course.

Bribón, owned by José Cusí, and leader in the Corinthian category, must work hard to defend their title, as they face an optimised Cristabella, with John Cook, as well as Aifos and Bambakou, who are more competitive day by day.

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The Copa del Rey begins with many points in play

Posted on 30 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Competition is tough, with many points in play, as the battle is on to stay ahead in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit.

For the first time the 11 vessels in the Transpac 52 fleet taking part in the Breitling MEDCUP will come together in their entirety for the most emblematic regatta in the Mediterranean.

Eleven Transpac 52s will ensure a lot of excitement in the 24th Copa del rey Agua Brava, which takes place in the Real Club Naútico de Palma from the 30th of July to the 7th of August. The crème de la créme of international sailing will be present in Mallorcan waters – America’s Cup yachtsmen, RTW, World champions, and Olympic medallists will be among those taking the reins of these spectacular vessels, to race for victory in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit, and for success in the Copa del Rey. The incorporation of the brand new Transpac 52, Balearia, owned by Olympic medallist Toño Gorostegui means that the all of the eleven TP52s in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit will be competing in this event.

THE BATTLE RESUMES FOR THE BREITLING MEDCUP, IN THE COPA DEL REY

The Copa del Rey is sure to be a challenging event for all teams. In the first event of the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit victory went to Spanish team, Caixa Galicia, with Roberto Bermúdez de Castro at the helm, whilst Vasco Vascotto and crew were untouchable in the Trofeo S.M. La Reina, and New Zealanders on Lexus fought till the very end to gain a well deserved win in the Breitling Regatta last week. The Copa del Rey is the true test for all of the vessels. There are many points in play, many different types of races; windward-leeward, coastal, and offshore races, and this event could propel any of the teams into the lead of the Breitling MEDCUP.

Caixa Galicia, owned by Spaniard Vicente Tirado, already know what it feels like to win the coveted Copa del Rey, being the holders of the record of victories in the event with three wins in different categories. In this edition, the first for the new TP52 vessel, the team have a clear objective.
“Our aim is to win the Copa del Rey”, comments Vicente Tirado.
“We are not really concerned at this stage with the general rankings. There are still a lot of points to be won, and we won’t focus on the Circuit itself until after the Copa del Rey. Our philosophy is to approach the Circuit event by event.” The owner of Caixa Galicia adds, “The Copa del Rey is a very important event, but I don’t think it will be decisive in terms of the Breitling MEDCUP. The Class is very equal, and things can change at any time, as the level of competition in the Class is truly extraordinary.”

Movistar –Pisco Sour-, also know the taste of victory with Pedro Campos in 2002. The duo taking the helm of movistar, Campos-Vascotto, know the bahia de Palma very well, knowledge which they will surely use to their advantage in the different regattas in the event.

The recently incorporated Balearia, with the four times winner of this event, Toño Gorostegui, also has the local knowledge which could be key in this competition. The team are currently working to get the boat into optimum condition for the races which begin on Monday.

“I am very happy with the boat,” comments Gorostegui, “We have been training out on the race course over the past few days, and the boat seems to be responding well in light wind conditions. It’s been tough, but the boat is almost optimised to race now.”
Among the latest additions to the crews, is Balearia’s Tactician Santiago López-Vázquez, who is also a member of the Spanish Desafío Español America’s Cup team.

The other TP52s are currently in Palma training for the event and familiarising themselves with the race courses. Lexus will yet again have 3 times America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts at the helm, and is involved in intensive preparations right now, along with the Italian team Orlanda-Olympus, with Tomasso Chieffi, who are also preparing for the races in Palma. For the Greek vessel Atalanti XV, the pressure is on to race a good regatta, after a broken stay forced them to withdraw from two of the races in Puerto Portals, meaning they must work even harder to recover the points lost in the last event. Siemens, a recent addition to the fleet, also have the benefit of knowledge of the bay of Palma, and the conditions which the boats are likely to face out on the regatta course.

Bribón, owned by José Cusí, and leader in the Corinthian category, must work hard to defend their title, as they face an optimised Cristabella, with John Cook, as well as Aifos and Bambakou, who are more competitive day by day.

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Desafío Español 2007 is getting ready for Malmö

Posted on 29 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

The Desafío Español 2007 is making the final adjustments before the next Louis Vuitton Acts, taking place in Malmö, Sweden, from August 25 to September 4. Since July 4, the Spanish syndicate sailors have been training on a daily basis off the coast of Valencia with the two boats, ESP-65 and ESP-67.

After a week off following the Louis Vuitton Act 5, sailors resumed their training sessions with the two boats. Their main aim was to fine-tune ESP-67, improve the pre-start maneuvers as well as match-racing against ESP-65. In addition, during that period the Spanish syndicate carried out training regattas together with other teams.

On Thursday the shore crew started disassembling ESP-67 and will continue during the weekend, in addition to wrapping the speedboats, containers and all necessary equipment for the races in Sweden. The belongings of teams will be shipped to Sweden aboard a freight boat, chartered by America’s Cup Management, whose departure is scheduled for August 8.


ESP-67 during this week’s training sessions in Valencia. Photo provided by Desafío Español 2007

On the construction front, works on the team’s permanent base have sped up during the last few weeks since they were obviously stopped during Louis Vuitton Acts 4 & 5 a month ago. Construction is being carried out at a satisfying pace and the Spanish syndicate hopes to move into its brand new base early October.

The sailing crew will continue its training during the next few days onboard ESP-65, while some sailors will then go on taking part in the match race Danish Open as well as the Mikonos Dream Race. The Danish Open will take place from August 10 till 14 and will see Jesper Radich, Jaime Arbones, Mikel Rossberg, Pablo Rosano and Hartwell Jordan, racing. The regattas in Greece will take place from August 14 till 17, and the members of Desafío Español 2007 that will participate are Santi López-Vázquez, Marcos Iglesias, Nuno Barreto and Miguel Jáuregui.

Most of the crew will arrive in Malmö on August 17 in order to carry out the final training sessions onboard ESP-67 and test the wind and weather conditions of the race course. The part of the crew that will not be racing during Louis Vuitton Acts 6 & 7 will be training in Valencia with ESP-65.

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Desafío Español 2007 is getting ready for Malmö

Posted on 29 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

The Desafío Español 2007 is making the final adjustments before the next Louis Vuitton Acts, taking place in Malmö, Sweden, from August 25 to September 4. Since July 4, the Spanish syndicate sailors have been training on a daily basis off the coast of Valencia with the two boats, ESP-65 and ESP-67.

After a week off following the Louis Vuitton Act 5, sailors resumed their training sessions with the two boats. Their main aim was to fine-tune ESP-67, improve the pre-start maneuvers as well as match-racing against ESP-65. In addition, during that period the Spanish syndicate carried out training regattas together with other teams.

On Thursday the shore crew started disassembling ESP-67 and will continue during the weekend, in addition to wrapping the speedboats, containers and all necessary equipment for the races in Sweden. The belongings of teams will be shipped to Sweden aboard a freight boat, chartered by America’s Cup Management, whose departure is scheduled for August 8.


ESP-67 during this week’s training sessions in Valencia. Photo provided by Desafío Español 2007

On the construction front, works on the team’s permanent base have sped up during the last few weeks since they were obviously stopped during Louis Vuitton Acts 4 & 5 a month ago. Construction is being carried out at a satisfying pace and the Spanish syndicate hopes to move into its brand new base early October.

The sailing crew will continue its training during the next few days onboard ESP-65, while some sailors will then go on taking part in the match race Danish Open as well as the Mikonos Dream Race. The Danish Open will take place from August 10 till 14 and will see Jesper Radich, Jaime Arbones, Mikel Rossberg, Pablo Rosano and Hartwell Jordan, racing. The regattas in Greece will take place from August 14 till 17, and the members of Desafío Español 2007 that will participate are Santi López-Vázquez, Marcos Iglesias, Nuno Barreto and Miguel Jáuregui.

Most of the crew will arrive in Malmö on August 17 in order to carry out the final training sessions onboard ESP-67 and test the wind and weather conditions of the race course. The part of the crew that will not be racing during Louis Vuitton Acts 6 & 7 will be training in Valencia with ESP-65.

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Catching up with Mascalzone Latino early in the morning

Posted on 28 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Valencia Sailing had the chance to catch up with Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team early in the morning on Tuesday. We took some pictures of the team’s activities before sailing, which usually takes place at 11:30 am, wind and weather conditions allowing.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Italians carried out their training sessions match-racing together with K-Challenge. Since the French are located approximately 70km south of Valencia, both teams had their boats towed somewhere in the middle and went ahead with their duels, a bit like an old fashioned gun fight in the wild west.

Unfortunately, my very tight work schedule did not allow me to follow any of the training sessions here in Valencia, whether of Mascalzone or any other team. All teams are winding down their training in Valencia and start packing up in order to make the move to Malmö. The boat that will carry the America’s Cup yachts is scheduled to leave Valencia on August 8th.

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7:30 – 8:45 Pumping iron

Posted on 28 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

The team’s day starts at 7:30 am in one of Valencia’s central gyms, where each team member carries out his personalized muscling program, set up by Andrea Madafarri, head of the health & fitness team

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Posted on 28 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Hammish Pepper, strategist of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team

Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

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Posted on 28 July 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Pulling the rope

Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

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