Today the twelfth edition of the Gaastra PalmaVela regatta begun, in the bay of Palma, until next Sunday. Four of the 17 participant classes opened their scores completing the program of two races set by the organizer the Real Club Nautico de Palma. The first leaders of the Gaastra PalmaVela 2015 are: J One in the Wally class, Interlodge in TP52, Jethou in Maxi 72 and Grupo Clínico Dr. Luis Senís in IRC
The Gaastra PalmaVela 2015 is underway. The first day of competition sent to the Bay of Palma four of the 17 classes participating: Wally, Maxi 72, TP52 and IRC. 21 of the 140 boats from 16 different nationalities, crewed by a magnificent combination of America’s Cup, World and Olympic champions, offshore experts and amateur sailors, gathered today in the race course.
The Race Committee managed to sail the two races scheduled for each class with a southerly breeze and intensity between five and 10 knots.
Wally: J One catches the big ones by surprise
The Wallycento Magic Carpet 3 and the Wally 77 J One shared the first two victories of the championship. Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ boat, skippered by Danny Gallichan, began defending their title with a partial victory over Thomas Bscher’s Open Season and Piers Richardson’s J One. The victory in the following race allowed J One, the smallest boat in this fleet (23.5 meters), to return ashore as the first leader of the championship, followed by Claus-Peter Offen’s Y3K (4-2) and Magic Carpet 3, penalized with a sixth place on the second race of the day.
Maxi 72: Jethou, first leader
The fight for the Maxi 72 class begins with a tie at the top of the provisional leader board between Sir Peter Ogden’s Jethou (2-1) and Dieter Schon’s Momo (1-2), who have excelled in both races ahead of Alexander Shaerer’s Caol Ila R.
TP52: Interlodge leads over the newest fleet
The TP52 class began the week with high expectations about the performance of the three newly lunched boats: Azzurra, Quantum Racing and Alegre. But the first leader of the championship is the only team who doesn’t have a new boat, Interlodge, skippered by New Zealander America’s Cup specialist Dean Barker. A victory and a third place allow the American team to be at the top of the leader board one point ahead of his compatriot, Dalton DeVos’ Quantum Racing (4-1), and Andres Soriano’s British Alegre (3-2).
[Via Gaastra Palma Vela]