Estrella Damm Sailing Team returns to the Copa del Rey
It will resume sailing with a DK46 model, as in 2018 and 2019, when the team earned championships
Starting Monday August 1 through Saturday 6, the Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2022 will take part in the 40.° edition of the Copa del Rey Mapfre, the most important cruising regatta in the Mediterranean. The Estrella Damm Sailing Team from skipper Nacho Montes (RCMT Punta Umbria) will set out in search of the first place at the Copa del Rey, as they did in the 2018 and 2019 races. They had previously won in 1998. The master seaman of the Estrella Damm Sailing Team will be the olympic regatta racer from the Canary Islands, Luis Martínez Doreste.
The fleet is highly competitive, and the Estrella Damm Sailing Team will race once more with a DK46 model, with a twin boat to the one it earned its two last championships. The current edition of the Copa del Rey will have two other vessels that are twins to Estrella Damm's, HM Hospitales and the Palibex. It will compete in class BMW ORC 1, with 20 units at take, including vessels with lengths ranging from 60 feet, like the Argentine Swan Boabunda, or the 42, like the Norwegian GP42 Al Capone and the French JNA 42 Tokaoma 3; part of this same category is the Aifos 500 , whose Seamaster is Philip VI.
Nacho Montes, shipowner of the Estrella Damm Sailing Team, has said he is "very eager to return to the Copa del Rey, especially in such a special year, marking its 40. ° anniversary". "As usual, we aim at the top, which should not come as a surprise", he adds.
Ricardo Terrades, Project Manager and trimmer of the Estrella Damm Sailing Team, explains: "we resorted to Palma with the hope of forming a great team, with shipmates from the Canary Islands, Andalucía, Catalunya and Alicante. We know we are faced with an intense competition, which will be really hard. We have very difficult rivals to beat but, as usual, we take part in the Cup to give our best".
Luis Martínez Doreste (helmsman), Toni Rivas (tactics), Gonzalo Infante (navigation), Ricardo Terrades (main trimmer), Aleix Gelabert (genoa trimmer), Nacho Murube (spinnaker trimmer), Nacho Montes (breaststroke), Álvaro Fernández Candau y Paco Montes (piano), Alfonso y Arturo Montes (cockpit), Adolfo López Quevedo (mast), Peter Fischer (mid bow) and Gonzalo Morales (bow) are the members of the team.
The Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2022 crew bring a combined total of 12 world championships, 15 European championships, an Olympic Gold medal, a total of 8 Olympic Game participations, one participation in the Copa América, and an oceanic sailor who was number 4 in the last edition of the Barcelona World Race.