Hublot PalmaVela: Favonius takes outstanding win over Alfa Romeo in Maxi Racer

Monday, 23 April 2007

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The fourth edition of Hublot PalmaVela finished with absolute success. The weather conditions of these days in the bay of Palma made it possible for Real Club Náutico de Palma to show an impeccable organisation and to complete the schedule of races. This popular competition has been a big sailing celebration for everyone, from the big Maxi and innovating Transpac 52 to the small Classic llaüts and disabled sailing.

A celebration enjoyed by 2,000 sailors and the stars were the 19 winners of each category: Favonius in Maxi Racer, Aegir in Maxi Cruiser, Mean Machine-Valle Romano in Transpac 52, Giraldilla in Classic yachts, Agneta in Traditional  Marconi, Marigan in Traditional spencer, Nova Inmobiliaria in Platú 25, Cinq a Sept in Flying Fifteen, Martilla Ultrajas Lateen rigger Regatta 1, Tinita in Lateen rigged Regatta 2-3, Savanna in Lateen rigged classic Llaüts, A. Zaragoza and A. Aparici in disabled sailing, Viking VI in RN 1, Vell Marí in RN 2, Petrouchka II in RN 3, Silvina in RN 4, Icaro in IMS 1-2, January Sails in IMS 3-4 and International Paint in Empresa (Business) class.

The NE wind present today in the bay of Palma forced the crews to work hard in the last day of racing of the Hublot PalmaVela. Coming from ashore, it is a gusty wind, quite changeable, that is to say, with sudden drops and increases that reached 15 knots and frequent direction changes. So today’s races were very tactic, a real challenge for the 200 boats that met in this popular regatta and especially for the leaders, which had it difficult to maintain the top position.

In Maxi Racer, New Zealand boat Alfa Romeo saw a new victory in real time in the coastal race sailed today. It is the boat’s 107 victory in real time including the seasons of the new unit as well as the last season. It was a sweet victory because it also meant winning in compensated time. But this bullet was not enough for Neville Crischton’s team to be again the winner in Maxi Racer in Hublot PalmaVela and the final victory was for Dutch boat Favonius. R. Pieper’s boat  007 was third in today’s race, but had three victories throughout the competition. Second was Alfa Romeo and third place was for Andrew Mackay’s J One.

In Maxi Cruiser, British boat Aegir had no rival. After three victories in the previous days, today he added a fourth one. His main rival was not lucky and finished third, so Benjamin Brian return to port reassured the Hublot watch was waiting for him as winner of the class. Dutch boat Christina owned by Erik Van Roessel finished second and third was Julián Ojea’s Hansa that won today’s race.

From the second day, the Tranpac 52 fleet was led by Mean Machine-Valle Romano, a position the boat maintained comfortably right to the end. Peter de Ridder’s boat was very regular, finishing first and second, except for one third place. His rivals did not do well is some races and being no discard in this class that sails in real time, made the way to the podium easy for the boat from Monaco. Second classified was John Cook’s Cristabella and third place was for Italian team Anonimo Q8, led by Riccardo Simoneschi.

Giraldilla, a yawl owned before by Don Juan de Borbón and refurbished by Fundación Hispania, was the winner in Classic yachts with another victory today. Second place was for Xisco Pou’s . Merengue IV and third was José Ignacio Echegaray’s Alopex III.

Total dominance of Peter Engels’s  Agneta in Traditional yachts with Marconi sail. This yawl, skippered by Markus Schwiger, gave no options to the other teams and won the four races sailed. Mercury, Jordi Cabau’s sloop was second and third place was for Albert Kusak’s Angelita,.

The same superiority was seen in the Traditional yachts with trysail, in which Marigan, Tim Liesenhoff’s cutter sloop won the three races sailed. Second place was for another cutter sloop German Ruiz’s Ilex and third place was for Gispsy, Ricardo Rubio’s ketch.

In one design Platú 25, the tension broke down Olympic sailor Natalia Vía-Dufresne’s team. They did not do well in today’s race and lost the lead in favour of Jorge Forteza’s Nova Inmobiliaria. Third place was for Javier Sanz’s Rigging Mar. The irregular performance of the teams shows it is a tight competition class.  

On the contrary, Michael Clough’s Cinq a Sept led the Flying Fifteen overall standings comfortably from beginning to end. The two crew members of Club Nàutic Pollensa finished lower than third place only once in the seven races sailed giving them an advantage of seven points over second classified Javier Chacartegui’s Fatigaos. Third place was for David Miles Store Trooper 3.

In lateen rigged, division Regatta 1 the unbeatable favourite was Italian boat Martilla Ultragas. Davide Gorgerino’s team had two first and two second places. Second place is for Andreu Buades’s Ancora and Pau Riera’s Avatar is third. In division Regatta 2-3, the winner was Pere Reus’s Tinita with almost the same confidence as Martilla Ultragas. With a tighter fight, second place was José García Carreño’s Biomur tied with Amador Magraner’s Tiramilles in third place. In Classic lateen rigged Llaüts, the best was Antonio Jover’s Savanna followed by Javier Vicente’s Jalluga and third place was for boat Balear, owned Consell de Mallorca.

The clear winner in disabled sailing was the crew formed by A. Zaragoza and A. Aparicio, with two second and two first places. Second place was for team S. García / J. Taulet, and third place was for crew R. Andarias /J.A. Avalos. The class participates in Hublot PalmaVela thanks to the collaboration of La Caixa.

Viking VI, Francisco Tejedor’s X-43 started today’s race as leader of class RN 1, so he could compete with calm. Furthermore his main rival, Solaris Mataró, Ferran Martinez’s Grand Soleil 45 did not have a good start and finished seventh in the first race and was second overall at seven points from Francisco Tejedor’s team. Third place on the podium was for Eurotec-Hydra, a Grand Soleil 40 owned by Antonio Sánchez.

Vell Marí, an X-37 Sport owned by Juan Cabrer was the clear winner in RN 2. The boat skippered by Teo Matheu won the five races sailed in this Hublot PalmaVela, cancelling any chances of victory for 2 Match, a Bavaria 35 owned by Eduardo Horrach that was second overall. Third place was for Javier Pujol’s Calima.

In group RN 3, Espitós Uno, a Dehler 33 owned by Miguel Ángel Oliver, won again today’s race but that did not help him to reach Petrouchka II, a Puma 34 owned by Guillermo Duran in the overall standings. The bad result of Oliver’s boat yesterday (12) was a big obstacle to win the regatta in which the final winner was Guillermo Duran due to his regular performance. Second place was for Espitós Uno and third place was for Progreso Idiomas, an X-302 with Bernat Ripoll at the helm.

Félix Comas’s Silvina confirmed its superiority in class RN 4 with another victory in today’s race. Comas’s challenger won again over Fierabrás, a J80 owned by Diego Colón de Carvajal, which finished second in the three races sailed by the class and was second overall at only one point from Silvina. Third place was for Dodifee, Pedro Siquier’s Jantar 26.

In IMS 1-2, no one could beat Luis Mas’s boat, a Dufour 44 with four wins out of five races. Second place was for Pramnos, a Sun Kiss owned by Miguel Cernuda, while Baltic 56 Lurigna, owned by Karl Enzler was third. Close final overall standings were seen in IMS 3-4, with two ties in the first places. The winner was January Sails, a She 31 owned by Gabriel Català followed by Rampe II, a Challenger owned by Manuel de Pablo and  Cremise, a Ranger 32 owned by Sebastián Palmer.

With two partial victories, firm International Paint was the winner in Empresa (Business) class, followed by E3 Systems Group and Merril Stevens Yachts in second and third place respectively.

The Hublot PalmaVela regatta, organised by Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Balear and Spanish sailing federations, is sponsored by Swiss watchmaker company Hublot. The collaborators are Ibatur, Palma city council, La Caixa, Semilla, Schweppes, Cafés Delta, Mahou, Astilleros de Mallorca, Bavaria Yachts, North Sails, Marina Port de Mallorca, Wallyclass, Ultramar Express, Accciona, Fortune, Club Nàutic S'Arenal, Club de Vela Port d'Andratx, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Consell de Mallorca, and the  Dirección General de Deportes and Ports de Balears.

José Luis Miró & Cristina Pauli

Image: Favonius-ganador maxi regatta: © Rubin Ballester

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