34 Copa del Rey MAPFRE has officially started today with the first teams confirming their registrations, which on Monday, 3 Aug, will compete in the water for the victory of one of the most important sailing events in the Mediterranean.
With just two days left to the start of the competition of 34 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the pontoons of Real Club Náutico de Palma are now 80 percent full, as Manu Fraga, Race Director, confirmed this afternoon: ‘Tomorrow the pontoons will be a hundred percent full. Now we focus on distributing and organizing the fleet in the harbour so that every boat that arrives finds their place ready.’
During these two days prior to the kick-off in the water, the activity for the organizers focuses on tuning the final details of the event and new staff for reinforcement. As Fraga confirmed, the Real Club Náutico de Palma nearly triples its staff during the Copa del Rey MAPFRE. ‘Today is the day that all departments are adjusting and preparing the yacht club to start the regatta on Monday.’
On a sporting level, the peak of activity concentrates in the Race Office, where 70% of the 136 entries have confirmed their registration by submitting the final documentation required. Many of the teams made the most out of the day by having their first contact with the waters of the Bay of Palma even in overcast conditions and light winds.
Opening of the social program with the I Charity Gala of Copa del Rey MAPFRE
The social events’ agenda of this 34th edition opened today with the celebration of the I Charity Gala of Copa del Rey MAPFRE at 21h00. This is an event organized by the group Quirónsalud which will gather around 350 guests on the Real Club Náutico de Palma with one goal: to support the melanoma research project together with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and which is carried out in the Hospital 12 de Octubre. The gala will count on the altruistic contribution of sports personalities and companies, whose contributions will be raffled during the night.
The breaking news arrived this morning. Jacinto Rodríguez, owner and skipper of ‘Duende 52’, fell overboard while sailing towards Palma to compete in 34 Copa del Rey MAPFRE. A thorough rescue search allowed finding his location and rescuing him after spending more than four hours in the water. He was moved by an SAR helicopter to the hospital Son Espases in Palma, where he remains under observation, but is expected to leave the centre later this evening.
The RCD Mallorca gets dressed in Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Sunday morning, at 11h00, football and sailing will join thanks to Air Europa in the presentation of the new kit for the RCD Mallorca. The entire squad and coaching staff, led by their President Utz Claassen and coach Albert `Chapi` Ferrer, will be on the main terrace of the Real Club Náutico de Palma, where several players will pose with the new colours.