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Transpac 52 Fleet Grows for the Copa Del Rey

Balearia makes her first appearance in the Breitling MEDCUP

July 27th 2005 (Mallorca). The Copa del Rey-Trofeo Agua Brava will be the fourth and penultimate event in the Breitling MEDCUP Circuit for the Transpac 52 Class. Vasco Vascotto’s Pisco Sour-movistar will be co-skippered in this regatta by Pedro Campos. For both, Pisco Sour – movistar and Bribón, skippered by the King of Spain, the regatta could be decisive, as the score margins are closing in between the participants, and at this stage, the race for victory is wide open.

The Copa del Rey, the most emblematical Mediterranean regatta, begins next Saturday 30th July, with two days scheduled for measurement and boat inspection. On Monday 1st August the competition begins, there will be windward-leeward, coastal and long distance races, all included in this exciting regatta program, which will take place until the following Sunday, 7th August.

The Transpac 52 fleet grows for the Copa del Rey

The Transpac 52s will come to the Copa del Rey with the complete forecasted fleet for the season.
In Punta Ala (Italy), the first event in the Circuit, there were seven TP52s on the start line of the first race (Atalanti XV, Bambakou, Bribon, Caixa Galicia, Pisco Sour, Lexus and Orlanda Olympus). For the second event, Trofeo de S.M. La Reina, in Valencia there were nine (Aifos and Cristabella joined the fleet), and for the third, the Breitling Regatta 10 boats were competing, with the incorporation of Siemens to the fleet. In the Copa del Rey, the eleventh vessel with be the recently launched Balearia, built in the Spanish shipyard ‘Longitud 0’, where Pisco Sour – Movistar was also built.

Balearia is skippered by Olympic silver medallist (Montreal) and Olympic qualifier (Moscow) Tońo Gorostegui who is currently in Mallorca working on the fine tuning of the vessel, before its debut in this regatta.

A new feature for the Transpac fleet is the new sponsorship of the unstoppable Pisco Sour. The Chilean owners Emilio Cousinio, Bernardo Matte and Antonio Orlyi will adorn the boat with the colours of the giant mobile telephone operators Movistar. Vasco Vascotto, Skipper of the boat, will also have the added support of new co-skipper Pedro Campos. The boat is currently at the top of the general rankings of the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit on 147 points.

Lexus, owned by Jaime Yllera, will aim to repaeat the success enjoyed in the Breitling Regatta, although this time with the original crew captained by Russel Coutts, with Mark Reynolds, Peter Isler and match-race yachtsman Jes Graham-Hanson, due to the forecasted absence of Coutts’ protégé Dean Barker.
Dean Barker. Lexus are currently in second place in the Circuit, on 139 points.

Winner of the first event in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit, Caixa Galicia, with RTW yachtsman Roberto Bermúdez de Castro at the helm, will have US Tactician Dee Smith returning to the team. Smith was absent in the Breitling Regatta due to his participation in the Transpacific Race, where he was racing on an American TP52. America’s Cup skipper John Kostecki took over for the duration of the event. The Spanish boat is currently in 3rd place on the scoreboard with 134 points.

Bribon, owned by Jose Cusi, with HM King Juan Carlos of Spain as Skipper, has a tough challenge ahead. The team must try to maintain their lead in the Corinthian Class for non-professionals against USA’s Bambakou, the UK’s Cristabella and the Spanish Royal Navy TP52, Aifos. Bribon is fourth in the general rankings on 112 points.

Orlanda –Olympus with America’s Cup yachtsman Tomasso Chieffi will have to fight hard to get into the top positions in the rankings. The Italian boat is in fifth place, only one point away from Bribon, while USA’s Bambakou, with owner-driver John Coumantaros is sixth in the general rankings, and second in the Corinthian category on 105 points.

The Greek vessel Atalanti XV, skippered by Paul Cayard has resolved complications experienced with the stay in the previous event. The boat was forced to abandon two of the races in the Breitling Regatta, which saw them move down into seventh place in the general rankings, with 102 points. Cristabella, on 67 points, and Aifos on 49, are eighth and ninth in the rankings, and both vessels close the classifications in the Corinthian class for non-professionals. The new edition to the fleet, Siemens, owned by Pedro Perelló, has the advantage of local knowledge of the Mallorcan waters if they are able to smooth out the performance problems they experienced in the Breitling Regatta. They finished 10th in the general rankings.

So, in the Copa del Rey the complete TP52 Mediterranean fleet for the season will be at the start line.
All participants agree that the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit has been a great success so far, and for 2006 the fleet will grow further, with a forecasted 16 vessels to take part.

The characteristics of the TP52s – real time racing, close competition between the participants, fast, exciting boats, the best yachtsmen in the world; Russell Coutts, Paul Cayard, Vasco Vascotto, or Tomasso Chieffi, among others –make this the ‘Formula 1’ for the sea.

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