- With less than one week to go to the start of the racing program of the 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the organizing committee are putting the final touches to the planning so the pieces which make up the huge puzzle that is the showcase regatta fit together perfectly.
Since its first edition in 1982, the Copa del Rey MAPFRE has not missed one summer in Palma, stringing together 34 consecutive editions. In total that means 114 different champions have been crowned for different categories. It is now well consolidated on the international racing calendar as a ‘must do’ event.
The 35th edition starts next Friday, July 29th, with a media presentation in the RCNP, the first event of an intense program that will run until Saturday, August 6th. The organizing committee makes the most of the last few days to make sure all the pieces join seamlessly together, ensuring another successful event.
On the water
The first day of competition will take place in exactly six days, on Monday, August 1st.
Unless there are any last minute changes, 127 teams from 19 different countries will compete, divided into eight classes: 4 teams in Montblanc Maxi 72, 10 in GC32, 12 in Singular Kitchen IRC 1, 38 in BMW ORC 1, 27 in BMW ORC 2, 12 in MRW Swan 45, 8 in Air Europa X35 and 16 in Herbalife J80. For the first time, the fleet will be spread across four different race courses.
The first starting signal of the 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE is scheduled for 13h00 next Monday in three of the four race courses and in seven of the eight classes competing. Only the GC32s will wait until Wednesday, August 3rd, to make their debut at the regatta.
On shore, the 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE offers an intense menu of daily activities. From August 1st to the 6th, the program will run from 9h30 until 21h00, with an attractive mix of gastronomy, music and entertainment.
At the end of each day of competition the acclaimed parties “La Copa” return, highlighting this year’s Heineken Green Party, the MAPFRE Sailors’ Party, the Air Europa Blue Party or the iconic MAPFRE Owners’ Dinner, an icon of Palma’s summer. The spectacular venue of Ses Voltes, by the Palma Cathedral, will once again host the final prize giving, on August 6th.
In order to manage successfully the ambitious sports and social programs of the 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the organization of the Real Club Náutico de Palma carries out a spectacular display of human and material resources. To understand the logistics and organizational dimension of the event, we review the most significant figures:
1,680 picnics for the organization staff
1,575 meters of rope for racing marks
350 accredited journalists
205 members of the organization
156 square kilometres of the race course area
127 boats competing
95 organization staff on water
40 organization boats
24.4 meters in length the largest boat
8 meters in length the smallest boat
24 maximum races for the GC32 class
19 nationalities represented in the fleet
15 courtesy BMW vehicles
12 maximum races for the MRW Swan 45, Air Europa X35 and Herbalife J80 classes
11 maximum races for the Montblanc Maxi 72, Singular Kitchen IRC 1, BMW ORC 1 and BMW ORC 2 classes
8 classes competing
6 days of competition
4 race courses
4 one-design classes (competing on elapsed time)
4 classes on corrected time
1 coastal race for the Montblanc Maxi 72, Singular Kitchen IRC 1, BMW ORC 1 and BMW ORC 2 classes
1 Principal Race Officer