Among the TP 52 high quality fleet with 20 units competing at the 25th Copa del Rey Trofeo Agua Brava – Camper, there are some remarkable America’s Cup names. The majority of syndicates have decided to compete at the regatta organised by Real Club Náutico de Palma during the short break of the America’s Cup acts.
A good example of America’s Cup presence in Palma is Warpath, with the main representatives of Emirates Team New Zealand, Dean BarkerHelmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info at the helm, Terry HutchinsonAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info, Kevin HallNavigator of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info, Don CowieTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info, Matthew MasonMastman of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info, Jeremy LomasBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info and Grant LoretzTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info. Barker will have the chance to face Russell Coutts, who sails on board Artemis; although he does not participate in the Valencia edition, Coutts has three America’s Cup titles.
Furthermore, Mutua Madrileña, winner of the Breitling MedCup, has another group of members of the New Zealand team on board, such as Ray DaviesAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info, Joe Allen, Stuart BettanyBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info, Tony Rae, Jonathan MacbethGrinder of Emirates Team New Zealand
Click for more info and Tom Dodson. In this team, Peter de Ridder at the helm is joined by Italian sailor Vasco Vascotto, the helm of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team. South Africa’s Shosholoza is represented by its general manager, Dee Smith, who sails on board Cristabella, and its helmsman, Italian sailor Tomasso Chieffi, with the task of tactician on board US boat Rush.
On the other hand, the helmsman of Siemens will be Ian WalkerAfterguard of +39 Challenge
Click for more info, the helm of +39 Challenge, together with Italian sailor Bruno ZirilliNavigator of +39 Challenge
Click for more info as navigator, also a member of the Italian challenge. Caixa Galicia will have a luxury team on board with Robert Hopkins (Luna Rossa) and sailors from Valencia Nacho BraquehaisMain Trimmer of Luna Rossa Challenge
Click for more info (also member of Luna Rossa) and Juan Messeguer (BMW Oracle).
John Coumantaros’s Bambakou has among its crew members Argentinean Olympic Tornado class bronze medallist Santiago LangeTraveller of Victory Challenge
Click for more info, who is also part of the Swedish team Victory Challenge, and Spanish Challenge sailor Pablo Cadario. The Orlanda crew is formed by members from Luna Rossa, such as tactician Francesco BruniAfterguard of Luna Rossa Challenge
Click for more info, Paolo BassaniBowman of Luna Rossa Challenge
Click for more info, Massimo GherarducciGrinder of Luna Rossa Challenge
Click for more info, Daniele BrescianoGrinder of Luna Rossa Challenge
Click for more info and Stefano Gerardo.
The representation of the current winner of the America’s Cup, the Swiss Alinghi, is found in Mallorca sailor Jordi Calafat, who will sail on board Lexus, while the members of the no longer active GBR Challenge, with Adrian Stead at the lead, will sail on board Santa Ana.
From the Volvo to the MedCup
The best sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race did not want to miss either this opportunity to be present at the silver anniversary of the Copa del Rey Trofeo Agua Brava – Camper. In this way, TP 52 Bribón will count on the strategy of Bouwe Bekking, Movistar’s skipper at the Volvo, with sailor from Alicante Pepe Ribes and Dutch sailor Marcel Von Triest, navigator on board Brazil 1, third in the ocean race. Brazilian sailor Torben Grael also comes from this team and with five Olympic medals he will be part of Roberto Bermudez’s Caixa Galicia team as tactician; in fact, both coincided on board Brazil 1.
From the Spanish team at the Volvo Ocean Race we also find Stuart Bannatyne, Mike Howard and Mike Joubert that are sailing on board Bambakou. John Kostecki’s Ericsson team will compete on board Pinta, and Tim Powell on board Cristabella. Furthermore, Dirk De Ridder, member of Pirates of the Caribbean, will join Mutua Madrileña. The helm of this Volvo 70, and one of the great worldwide sailors, Paul Cayard, will also sail at the Copa del Rey, on board Lexus.