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Estrella Damm is overall champion of the Copa del Rey Mapfre again, 20 years on

Copa Rey Mapfre

Nacho Montes' yacht wins the BMW ORC 1 class and is the best of all time

The Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018, with Nacho Montes as owner and Luis Martínez Doreste as skipper, has won the 37th Copa del Rey Mapfre in the BMW ORC 1 class and also the special prize as the best team in corrected time. Twenty years after becoming overall champion of the Copa del Rey, the RCMT Punta Umbría and Club Nàutic El Balís boat is back on the top tier of the podium. And with part of the crew that achieved that success two decades ago: the brothers Nacho, Arturo and Paco Montes and their cousins Nacho Morube and Nacho Lamadrid. The final podium in the BMW ORC 1 class was: Estrella Damm, first, Rats on Fire, second and the British team Bewild, third.

If 20 years ago the main rival was the Italian yacht Breeze, in 2018 the principal challenge came from Rats on Fire, another strong opponent, who arrived at the 37th Copa Del Rey Mapfre as current champions and five times previous winners. Estrella Damm started the last day with a four-point advantage on Rats on Fire, but they couldn’t be complacent and the crew, led by Luis Martínez Doreste from the Canary Islands, sailed out to the regatta arena knowing that victory in the tenth race would guarantee the title. And that is how it turned out.
At the start of the penultimate round, Estrella Damm Sailing Team played it safe and this was enough for them to take the lead in the first upwind leg and to gain time in each stage where they rounded the mark first, ahead of Zappys and Rats on Fire. The teams finished the race in the same positions, with Estrella Damm beating Zappys by 30 seconds and Rats on Fire by 47.

In the final race, with Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018 already uncatchable as champions, Martínez Doreste’s team were under no pressure to get a result and, although they finished first in real time, Rats on Fire won the last heat by 24 seconds.

The crew of the Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018 DK46 in the 37th Copa Del Rey Mapfre was Nacho, Arturo and Paco Montes, Luis Martínez Doreste, Oscar Chaves, José María ‘Pichu’ Torcida, Gonzalo Infante, Ricardo Terrades, Roberto Molina, Santi Monjo, Aleix Gelabert, Nacho Murube, Adolfo López, Álvaro García Candau, Nacho González Lamadrid and Natalia Via-Dufresne.

Estrella Damm and sailing

The relationship between Estrella Damm and sailing goes back more than 20 years, to the first sponsorship of the Copa del Rey de Vela (Palma de Mallorca), a competition it won in 1998. In 2007 and 2010, Estrella Damm competed in the 32nd and 33rd America's Cups (Valencia), years in which the brand also took part in the first and second Barcelona World Races, with sails designed by Custo Dalmau.

Estrella Damm, beer made with natural ingredients to the original 1876 recipe, will support first-class sailing and its followers at the 37th Copa del Rey Mapfre. And it will do so with the Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018, 20 years after that historic victory at the Balearic club.