(Palma Mallorca, Spain)- The 30th edition of the famous Copa Del Rey Audi Mapfre regatta again promises world-class competition in Spain and the Mediterranean. And, continuing to be one of the pre-eminent classes at this prestigious gathering of sailors from around the world will be the J/80 International Class. For sailors in Europe, the J/80s have become the breeding ground for top international competitors. In Spain, in particular, World, Olympic and European champions from many classes are tested routinely in local and regional competitions.
For this year’s edition of Copa del Rey, top teams will be participating from Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and Italy. The UK representative is John Horn sailing BALTIC ROPES/J-SAILING for the Royal Yachting Association. From Italy, it will be veteran campaigners Massimo Rama on JENIALE! racing for YC Chiavari. The German teams will be represented by the Segelkameradschaft Das Wappen von Bremen sailing from Bremen, Germany. Then, Spain is showing up with an armada of recent and past World Champions and national champions, including 2012 World’s Champ Jose Maria van der Ploeg sailing NIFILSK/ GREAT SAILING. Also, in attendance will be NEXTEL ENGINEERING sailed by past World Champ Ignacio Camino and past Copa del Rey champion MAPFRE will be sailed by the Martinez/ Barrionuevo team– yes, the same Martinez family that saw Iker race the Volvo 70 TELEFONICA in the 2012 Volvo Race. The racing promises to be extremely competitive across the board. For more Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre sailing information