Copa del Rey – 29th July – 05 August 2017
For the second consecutive year, the hotel IBEROSTAR Las Letras in Madrid played host to the official presentation of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE regatta. More than one hundred guests attended the official opening of the 36th edition of the event, including sponsors, press and sailors.
Guests included MAPFRE Chairman and CEO, Antonio Huertas and Vice chairman Antonio Núñez, Guenther Seemann, CEO of BMW Group Spain and Portugal, and the skipper of the Spanish team in the GC 32 class, Olympic Champion, Iker Martínez.
Manuel Fraga, the regatta’s Sporting Director opened the event by giving the floor to Javier Sanz, the President of the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the organisers, who expressed his thanks to MAPFRE and the other collaborating organisations for their confidence and support of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE.
“Without them, it would be impossible”, admitted Sanz.
“The ‘Copa’ is at the very forefront of sailing; updating its classes both in one design and handicap classes, and keeping the mono-hulls and flying catamarans, like the GC32 class. The main novelty this year is the first-time participation of the Spanish team. It will be led by one of the most talented sailors in the country, Iker Martínez, who will be sailing under the RCNP flag”.
The Copa del Rey MAPFRE remains loyal to its origins, and in 2017 has invited a wide-ranging and extremely international fleet, combining the very best one design classes with those competing in compensated time.
Following the huge success of their début in 2016, the GC32 flying catamarans will return to the Bay of Palma, and have chosen the 36th Copa del Rey MAPFRE as the third scoring event of the European circuit, the GC32 Racing Tour 2017.
This year’s new class is the ClubSwan 50, the beautiful one-design which was presented worldwide during the Copa del Rey MAPFRE 2016, and recently chose Sail Racing PalmaVela as their grand European début. Approximately ten teams are estimated to participate this summer on the waters of the Bay of Palma.
The regatta will also host the one-design classes: Swan 45, ClubSwan 42, X-35 and J80, and IRC fleets, ORC and Maxi 72.
The competition programme includes up to 24 races for the GC32, 12 for the X35, Swan 45 and J80, and 11 for the other classes.
A sporting and social event
The Copa del Rey MAPFRE is much more than a regatta. The competition will be complemented on land with a full social agenda, truly referential in summer in the Balearic of gastronomy, music and entertainment. In 2016 there were guests from the world of sport, music and royalty, including Pierre Casiraghi and his wife Beatrice Borromeo, from the royal family of Monaco, Basque chef Martín Berasategui, ex-tennis player Carlos Moyà and his wife actress and presenter Carolina Cerezuela, among others.
In 2017 the social programme of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE is already promising and features three key events: the Fiesta del Regatista by Discoteca Club de Mar – Picco Palma, the Owners’ Dinner and the Prize Giving Ceremony, which on Saturday 5th August represents the grand finale of the 36th edition.