Estrella Damm returns to the Copa del Rey 20 years later
The team will include some of the winners from 1998 and with a boat that has won three times in Palma de Mallorca
The 37th Copa del Rey Mapfre, which will be held from the 30th of July until the 4th of August in the bay of Palma de Mallorca, will feature a brand-new racing team, the Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018. The new team will have a very experienced crew, who already know what it is to be champions of the Copa del Rey with different projects, and a boat that has already won the Mediterranean’s leading regatta three times (2009, 2016 and 2017).
The Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018, with Ignacio Montes Vorcy as the owner of the boat, has brought back the spirit which led to a win in the 1998 Copa del Rey, with a 40.7 skippered by Ignacio Montes de León, in the only regatta in almost 40 years of the competition in which there has been a sole champion. This was a turning point for the Palma regatta - Estrella Damm’s victory in 1998 was a milestone in its history.
Twenty years later the Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018 has come into being, with several of the crew members that won 20 years ago: Nacho, Arturo and Paco Montes and Nacho Murube (1998), Luis Martínez Doreste (1997, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2016), José María 'Pichu' Torcida (1992, 1997, 2013, 2014 and 2015), Ricardo Terrades (2011, 2012 and 2017), Roberto Molina (1991, 2011 and 2012), Jaime Monjo and Aleix Gelabert (2011 and 2012) and Adolfo López and Óscar Chaves (2017, Corinthians). The crew is completed by Gonzalo Infante and Álvaro Fernández Candau.
The director of the team is Ricardo Terrades, who faces this project with great enthusiasm: "We are very happy to have one of the great, historical sponsors of sailing, Estrella Damm, and to have a good part of the team that won the Copa del Rey in 1998, along with others who have lots of experience in a regatta as important as this one ".
Estrella Damm is a DK 46, winner in 2009 as Garmin, in 2016 as Maserati and in 2017 in the Corinthian category as Hydra-Marina Rubicón.
The Estrella Damm Sailing Team 2018 will sail in the colours of the Real Club Marítimo y Tenis Punta Umbría and of the Club Nàutic El Balís.
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-rate 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.