The VIII Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup kicked off today with a great start and the 140 competing crews were able to enjoy some close racing in a steady south easterly breeze ranging between 8 and 13 knots. The TP 52, IMS Open, IMS 600 LC and IMS 670 divisions were able to complete two windward-leeward races, while the RN classes completed one race.
Among the highly competitive TP 52 Class, Vicente Tirado’s Caixa Galicia, skippered by Roberto Bermúdez, was able to clinch the first victory of the series and came second in Race Two. America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran John Kostecki, calling the tactics on board Caixa Galicia, was very satisfied with the outcome of this first day of racing: “The first race was lighter than the second, but with a building breeze. We sailed a good first windward leg and rounded the top mark second. We were then able to round the bottom mark first and held on to our lead until the finish. The second race was more difficult for us, with a stronger but less steady breeze and bigger waves. The other fleets made the sea much bigger than before and the conditions were quite challenging. We sailed well as we were behind at the first windward mark but caught up and came second at the finish, so it’s been a very good day for us.”
Eamon Conneely’s Siemens (former Patches), the current world title holder helmed in Valencia by Volvo Ocean Race sailor Bouwe Bekking, scored a fourth and a first, and now lies second overall. Bekking explained the reason of the unsatisfactory result in race one: “During the first race we had quite a good start, but then a plastic bag got caught on our keel and we completely lost power. Considering the circumstances, our result wasn’t that bad. The second race was much easier. We had a good start and were able to stay ahead until the finish. Today was my first day on this boat and I wasn’t at my best, but I am improving. The crew did an excellent job and this first victory is a great success.”
Due to the late finish of Race Two, at the time of writing no results were available for the other competing fleets, therefore a press release with the final results will be posted tomorrow morning.
Tonight the Real Club Nautico de Valencia will offer a giant “paella Valenciana” to all the competitors and its members. Racing resumes tomorrow at midday and the weather forecast predicts similar conditions to today.
The VIII Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup is open to IMS (IMS Open, 600 LC, IMS 670), RN (1, 2, 3), Club and Classic divisions and, for the first time this year, TP 52 yachts.
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