06 May 2018
This what we've heard from the winners.
Flavio Favini, tactician on Magic Blue, winner Wally Class:
“We have been third and second so winning here is great. We were able to sail our own races, making sure we got a clear lane off the start line was important for us. Then, keeping away from the others and sailing in clear air was key. We have a good boat, it may be older but it goes well. We had a good week with all races good except yesterday when we were caught out when the wind died and it was glassy, glassy calm.”
Santi Lange, tactician Azzurra, winner TP52 Class:
“I am really happy, obviously there was pressure for me, there is always pressure but it is a nice pressure, especially because I know the team have been working so hard through the winter and they did an awesome job to get the boat in the water early. It is all so well organised that you don’t want to make mistakes. The others will catch up and we will have to keep getting better. It is all about keeping learning, don’t think that because we have won this regatta we are ahead of the pack, we have to keep pushing ourselves. It is all about the small details, keep focused and everyone keep working hard. Everyone on board knows the boat, they know TP52s inside out, the boat is well prepared.”
Cameron Appleton, tactician Inga From Sweden, winner Melges 40 Class:
“It has a been a long and challenging regatta, long days to get nine of the ten races away in tricky conditions, being mixed up with the other fleets has been challenging at times. But we had such tight racing. During the last race we were third overall, we were second overall and finally first overall. We lead all week but it has been hard. We have a great group of guys and our owner Richard is great. We step things out a little bit and are developing little by little. When you get out in front it is a different race. We had some ups and downs, getting tangled with boats in the other classes, but we plan and we plan and we make sure we put all the right steps forwards. It has paid off. It is a new class and everyone is still learning it.”
Jesper Radich, tactician Earlybird, winner ClubSwan 50 class:
"It was such a challenging way to finish for us. We had to sail very safely and not be last which in this fleet is not that easy. The only way to do that is to attack and sail well. And so as tactician I really had to do that balance between attacking and defending. We sailed quite well in the middle of the fleet. I had to make a decision to sail with the guys who could potentially beat us, that is Mathilde, or to protect and sail with the fleet. I did the maths and we were OK. The thing is we saw one boat sail away three hundred metres ahead of in three minutes, it was that kind of day. So we could have ended up last. We played it safe."
"It was my first time ever on these ClubSwan 50s but I have sailed a lot on Soto 40s, GP42s, Melges 32, this is a sportsboat with some displacement. But the concept of the boat is fun and the whole one design thing is such fun. I love it."
Christian Plump, owner-driver Elena Nova, winner Swan 45 Class:
“That is the sixth time we have won Palma Vela. It is such competitive racing in this class and this was the most difficult time. The difference between the first the last boat is no more than ten lengths. It is such fun. I am so relieved to have won. We have only won Copa del Rey once and this year we will be back to try and do it again.”