Aug 6, 2017

GC32 Racing Tour @Copa del Rey 2017: Mamma Aiuto! Champ




All images Jesús Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour . Below press release sent by  GC32 Racing Tour media. www.gc32racingtour.com
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First Japanese GC32 Racing Tour victory
Naofumi Kamei’s Mamma Aiuto! successfully defended its position today to win the GC32 Racing Tour competition at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE. It was the first occasion the Japanese team has won an event on the GC32 Racing Tour since joining in Malcesine last year.

Despite another uncertain forecast, conditions were near-perfect on the Bay of Palma with flat water and winds that at times touched 15 knots, the strongest of the four day competition. This made for adrenalin-filled foiling for the ten flying catamarans.

Kamei was delighted as a mix of champagne, beer and water flew around the deck as his blue GC32 docked close to the Real Club Nautico de Palma. Their local tactician Manu Weiller said: “It went very good today - it's our first victory on the Tour. It’s our third Copa del Rey and we won here two
years ago with the same crew on a TP52.”

Jason Carroll’s Argo was let down by an OCS in today’s first race that saw them finish last, however the GC32 Villasimius Cup winner managed to retain second place overall Top performer of the day was the Jêrome Clerc-skippered Realteam, winner of today’s second race. The Swiss team ended up tied up on points, but won the tie break for third against Pierre Casiraghi’s Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco.

Aside from Kamei and Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!’s crew is international including long term GC32 sailor Diego Stefani from Uruguay, Swede Jakob Gustaffson and young Japanese cat sailor Federico Sampei, recently with the Japanese Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team.

Sampei was pleased by their victory: “It is awesome. I've been sailing on this boat for one and a half years. I'm very grateful to our owner Kamei-san and the others because they really taught me how to sail her. They brought me to the level I’m at today.”

Victory came very close to slipping through their fingers. As Weiller explained: “We had an issue in one of the starts when Zoulou ran into us and made a big hole in our stern one minute from the start. We only had five minutes to make repairs. It was okay, but if they had hit the rudder, that would have been us out.”

Zoulou picked up a three point penalty for this incident, but consoled themselves with winning the ANONIMO Speed Challenge and an Anonimo Nautilo watch. French skipper Eric Maris was pleased with his new wrist-wear and being back in the GC32 for the first time since Key West in spring 2015. “I hadn’t sailed for more than two years and it’s completely different now. Before there were only four of us and the way of sailing the boats was just not the same. Since then the level has gone up incredibly and the fleet is much better.”

Maris praised his crew: “We’ve needed to get the group together. The boat is good and the crew is a talented bunch and I tried not to slow them as much as possible. We have improved over the four days of racing. We even won a race yesterday. We will try and improve for the next one.” Zoulou will be competing at the two final events of the season in Calvi, Corsica and Marseille.

Putting in the fastest run today in the ANONIMO Speed Challenge was another GC32 Racing Tour newbie, Australia Simon Delzoppo and his .film Racing. “The wind came up today and it was excellent,” said Delzoppo. “The boys have been settling in and we’ve had a lot of fun. It has been pretty intense competition. Today we were honking along at times. It is a bit of a learning curve but we are happy with our results.” Delzoppo says that they will put in some more training and boat development time the week before Calvi.

The competition in Palma had two more first time winners today with Sebastien Rogues’ Team ENGIE making the best of the snakes and ladders conditions to claim race one, while, appropriately it was Movistar, skippered by Spanish sailing hero Iker Martinez that claimed the final race. Across 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE eight of the ten GC32s have scored race wins, indicating the closeness of the competition.

Prizes for Copa del Rey are to be presented by King Felipe VI of Spain by Palma’s cathedral this evening.

Overall results after 14 races:
Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 Tot
1 Mamma Aiuto! 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 8 3 6 3 6 3 46
2 Argo 10 6 1 1 1 5 1 3 2 7 5 10 3 2 57
3 Realteam 4 1 5 9 3 3 9 6 6 5 1 4 1 4 61
4 Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco 6 4 7 5 7 1 3 4 1 6 2 6 2 7 61
5 Movistar 8 8 4 6 8 4 4 2 4 2 4 8 7 1 70
6 Zoulou 7 7 9 3 4 7 7 5 3 1 3 10 1 5 5 76
7 Team ENGIE 3 2 2 8 5 8 5 9 7 9 9 1 9 8 85
8 .film Racing 1 9 6 4 9 9 8 7 5 8 8 5 8 6 93
9 ARMIN STROM Sailing Team 9 5 10 2 7 6 6 6 8 9 4 7 2 4 DNF/153 98
10 Código Rojo Racing 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 133


Owner Driver Trophy results after 14 races:
Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 Tot
1 Mamma Aiuto! 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 8 3 6 3 6 3 46
2 Argo 10 6 1 1 1 5 1 3 2 7 5 10 3 2 57
3 Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco 6 4 7 5 7 1 3 4 1 6 2 6 2 7 61
4 Zoulou 7 7 9 3 4 7 7 5 3 1 3 10 1 5 5 76
5 .film Racing 1 9 6 4 9 9 8 7 5 8 8 5 8 6 93
6 Código Rojo Racing 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 133


Anonimo Speed Challenge
Pos Team Best Av. Speed
knots
1 Zoulou 22.11
2 .film Racing 21.07
3 Mamma Aiuto! 20.16
4 Team ENGIE 20.00
5 Realteam 19.79
6 Código Rojo Racing 19.41
7 Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco 19.38
8 Argo 18.92
9 Movistar 18.15
10 ARMIN STROM Sailing Team 18.00


GC32 Racing Tour teams at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE
.film Racing (AUS) - Simon Delzoppo*
Team Argo (USA) - Jason Carroll*
ARMIN STROM Sailing Team (SUI) - Flavio Marazzi
Código Rojo Racing Team (ARG) - Federico Ferioli*
Team ENGIE (FRA) - Sebastien Rogues
Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco (MON) - Pierre Casiraghi*
Mamma Aiuto! (JPN) - Naofumi Kamei*
Movistar (ESP) - Iker Martinez
Realteam (SUI) - Jérôme Clerc
Zoulou (FRA) - Erik Maris*
* = owner-driver

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