10 May 2019

Vipers Debut, Giant ORC Fleet Go Racing

After the first races for the TP52 and IRC classes were sailed yesterday, today another 11 classes are join the fray, meaning more than one hundred boats compete today on the Bay of Palma. Racing for the first time ever at Sail Racing PalmaVela are the Viper sports keelboats, which premieres here witha fleet of 13 boats.


The second day of competition brings out the Mallorca Sotheby's ORC classes in five divisions (0, 1, 2, 3 and 4-5) and the Classics and Spirit of Tradition as well as the one design J80, Dragon, Flying Fifteen and Viper, in total a hundred boats will be on the water. 

The Vipers premiere with a fleet of 13 boats and a programme of up to nine races, with one discard. Among them will be  two entirely female squads one led by Spain's double Olympic silver medallist Natalia Vía Dufresne and María Bover (Viper 305). The Vipers are the class chosen by the RCNP to compete for the newly released Women's Cup at the next Copa del Rey MAPFRE.

The program of the day proposes a coastal regatta for the classes Mallorca Sotheby's ORC 2, 3 and 4-5, Vintage / Classics and Spirit of Tradition, and windward / leeward races for the rest of the classes. Three different course areas will be in action and the first start of the day is at 12:00h. 

The meteo forecast provided by Ocean Drives, the new meteorology supplier of the Sail Racing PalmaVela, suggests a NW'ly wind of 10-12kts. 

In the TP52 Class the 52 SUPER SERIES champions Quantum Racing have numerous changes on board, not least Ed Baird returning to the helm's position and Cameron Appleton stepping into the team for the first time as tactician. Following on from Terry Hutchinson, Appleton is relishing the start of the 52 SUPER SERIES in two weeks time. 

On the race dock at the RCNP Appleton said this morning: “So far so good. It is a big learning process for us and at the moment it is about the little nuances and how we go about things, the different personalities. It has been fun.
I think we are ahead of where we thought we would be. There is a lot of room for improvement. That is the beauty of the sport, that you never stop learning. I know my role I will morph into better and better each day. I can improve by painting the picture better and what communication keys are important and just simplifying things as much as possible.
In general I think the guys have done a great job through the winter, the upgrades are working and the sails are in great shape. Quantum have gone for a new film which we are using which has stepped up the whole level, the smoothness and the fairness of the shapes. Brett (Jones, designer) has been quietly working away in the background.
We are all looking forwards to Day 1 of the 52 SUPER SERIES but this is a pretty serious dress rehearsal here, everyone is putting in a big effort, everyone is at a very high level, probably the highest yet.
I love sailing and I love learning every day.”