Dario Ferrari and team Cannonball win the Copa del Rey !!
It was a first time win at the Copa del Rey for Dario Ferrari’s Italian flagged Maxi72 Cannonball. To win the regatta they had to keep Hap Fauth’s new Bella Mente from winning the final day’s showdown. Although they suffered an hydraulics failure to the jib tack tensioning system Cannonball was able to hold their American rivals off the start line. America’s Cup winner Ed Baird calls tactics supported by Michele Ivaldi, the team proving they are in good shape after replacing their mast for this season and undergoing a substantial optimising programme including moving to Quantum Sails. George Sakellaris' Proteus by winning the final race overall came second. The three Maxi72s now travel to Porto Cervo where they will be joined by Sorcha and Vesper to battle it out at the prestigious Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup with over 50 entries starting in 7 different classes.
Baird said, “This is terrific. You come here worried when you have not seen another Maxi72 for eight months and so to win is great. Proteus did a great job winning today which was the best they could do to get second. Bella Mente is a brand new boat and the other two boats here are three years old and we are all here hoping we are competitive with the new boat. And so it is pretty much boat for boat, but when you do the right thing you win. All of us are most excited for Dario (Ferrari, owner) because last year he was not sure if it was the right thing was to do all this work to this boat and I think this is proving it was all worth it.”
At the 38thedition of the Copa del Rey 132 entries from 26 nations competed in 11 classes (six One Design), on four different racing areas. This year there were no coastal races and the regatta pioneered a new scoring system with four days of qualification and two days of finals racing. HM King Felipe of Spain presented the trophies in Palma’s Ses Voltes, below the cathedral.