Aug 4, 2016

GC32s @Copa del Rey 2016: Day 2

Video sent by Icarus Sailing Media -- Photo: Nico Martinez / 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE - Reading the press release below I  really feel for Herve Cunningham and hope for him to recover well. Will try to get more info on the incidence. Update: I got feedback from Scrapy de Santis, from Armin Strom team, Hervé had 4pts and it seems is not that bad.
We also have a local F18 sailor onboard as guest.
Image & report sent by GC32 Racing Tour --
In another incident on board NORAUTO, highly experienced multihull sailor Herve Cunningham, cut his arm badly.

The conditions also proved a little too much for the fledgling Swedish crew on Gunvor Sailing, already a little shaken after stuffing the bows in a couple of times before the start. Gunvor was into the top half of the fleet at the leeward gate, but then struggled at the top mark.

“We just didn’t have the skills to bear away,” admitted Swedish two time Olympic champion Freddy Lööf, sailing on board today as coach for Gunvor's new crew of young Swedish sailors. “The main problem was that we didn’t have the small jib on and were too powered up. So we said ‘let’s regroup and play it safe’ and keep going for the next race.

“The wind wasn’t the problem - it was the waves. We took the decision because the guys on the boat today had maybe two hours of sailing together. We had a new crew on today so it wasn’t worth taking the risk.”

Following the injuries and after some deliberation, the GC32s were sent ashore under postponement and despite the valiant attempts of the race committee to find flatter water, racing was ultimately cancelled for the day.

After today’s one race NORAUTO is now leading the GC32 racing at 35th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, albeit tied on points with yesterday’s leader ARMIN STROM Sailing Team. Today’s winner, Team Tilt has pulled up to fifth place, still with a lot of work to do.

Tomorrow conditions should be dramatically different. While a lot of wind is forecast early morning, this will be an offshore breeze and as a result should make for a wave-free Bay of Palma by the time conditions abate at start time (1300 local).

Follow our live coverage of the GC32 Racing Tour at 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE here

Results after day 2:
Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 NORAUTO 5 2 5 1 1 3 17
2 ARMIN STROM Sailing Team 1 3 3 2 4 4 17
3 Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco 3 7 7 3 2 2 24
4 Argo 4 8 1 4 6 5 28
5 Team Tilt 6 1 2 10 DSQ/11 1 31
6 Realteam 9 6 6 5 3 8 37
7 Mamma Aiuto! 2 4 8 8 8 9 39
8 Orange Racing 8 9 9 6 7 6 45
9 Team ENGIE 7 5 10 9 9 7 47
10 Gunvor Sailing 10 10 4 7 5 RET/11 47

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