Estrella Damm Sailing Team maked the podium of the Copa del Rey Mapfre one more time
Nacho Montes and Luis Martínez Doreste’s boat made it to the third place in its class, BMW ORC 1
The 40 Copa del Rey Mapfre is over and Estrella Damm Sailing Team (RCMT Punta Umbría), from skipper Nacho Montes and with Luis Martínez Doreste as master seaman has made it to the third place in its class, BMW ORC 1, reaching the podium again as they did in 2018 and 2019.
After the last intense racing week, there was no definition as to which boats would make it to the podium of the queen class up until the last breadth. Even though the champion, Red Bandit, set out with a six point advantage in the last race, there were three boats disputing the remaining two places in the podium.
Estrella Damm set out fourth, but the crew was convinced they would be able to make it to the podium, and this is what actually happened since they arrived in the third place.
Only one breadth was needed during the final round between HM Hospitales, From Now On and Estrella Damm. For a few minutes it seemed the boat led by Luis Martínez Oreste as master seaman would make it to the second place, but their spi pole broke in the last stretch, making them lose 40 pecious seconds that From Now On leveraged to surpass it in the final line, with a difference of only three seconds. Feelipe VI's Aifos took the victory in this last test.
The event began with an hour delay once more, dure to a deferment on land due to the lack of intense winds.
Shortly after 2 p.m. the conditions were stable enough, with soutwest winds reaching 14-15 knots, to close the day.
BMW ORC 1 RANKING (18 competitors)
1 Red Bandit (GER), 17 p 2
From Now On (ARG), 24 p 3
Estrella Damm Sailing Team (SP), 25.5 p 4
HM Hospitales (SP), 26 p 5
Aifos500 (SP), 35 p