Dieter Schön and Team Momo win the 2017 Copa del Rey !!

Dieter Schön’s Momo crew celebrated winning the Maxi 72 on the RCNP’s race dock with beer and a bumper pile of pizzas. It is the German owner’s first Copa del Rey triumph as Momo becomes the third different Maxi 72 to win a fleet regatta this season after Cannonball won the Palma Vela in May and Proteus triumphed at the Corfu Challenge, but all eyes will be on this white hot fleet at the Maxi Worlds in Porto Cervo next month.

Cannonball won the first of the two races today to close Momo’s advantage to two points, but the German team under tactician Markus Wieser and strategist Murray Jones, inflicted a telling penalty on Cannonball by the pin end of the start line of the last race. They extended away to the preferred left side of the track, a sixth win from ten starts was theirs, and the class Copa del Rey title secured by four points over Dario Ferrari’s Palma Vela winning Cannonball.

Wieser smiled, revealing a certain measure of relief as well as satisfaction: “Dieter Schön our owner put in a lot of effort after a shocking year last year. We were not fast. We changed some of our sails, some of our trimmers and the whole set up. Now iIt is coming together. We are relieved as much as anything after the work we put in. This felt like it was our week. We are confident now and look forwards to the Maxi Worlds in Porto Cervo. There is more breeze there, and when there is the boat goes better in anything more than 11kts.”

The Bella Mente team, for this regatta helmed by Alex Roepers of Farr40 fame as stand-in for Hap Fauth, did not show their usual confidence during the very hot and generally light 6 days of racing resulting in a 4th place. Proteus helmed by her owner George Sakellaris for 3rd finished just 1 point shy of Cannonball. Next stop is the Rolex Maxi72 Worlds, where Caol Ila will join the fleet.