December 08, 2013
German winner for the 63 Ciutat de Palma
The Trofeo Ciutat de Palma de Vela closes today it’s 63 Edition with a bit of sadness due to the three predominating anti cyclonic days and with only two races completed for all classes. The German sailor, Deike Bonemann is the overall winner of the Trophy. The winners in the other racing area have been: 420, Elias Artez and Helenio Hoyos from the Canary Islands and Laser Radial, David Biendermann from Switzerland. The Laser 4.7 only sailed one race, therefore this class is not valid for the trophy.
Manu Fraga, technical director of the RCNP, explains how rare these weather conditions have been for this national holiday in the Bay of Palma, who have predominated throughout the trophy, the oldest competition of the Balearic Islands.
“We have suffered an anti cyclonic totally unusual for these times of the year. We have sailed the minimum races required to valid the championship but we certainly would have liked to have more wind and sail more races, the nine ones programmed for each class. I would like to specially thank the coaches and the sailors for their patience, throughout the event. Unfortunately this sport depends a lot on the weather conditions, this is what sailing is all about.”
The first racing day held only one race for the Optis. During the starting procedure the fleet had a SW wind of 7 knots that began to decrease down to 3 knots at the finishing line. The other racing area (420 and Laser) came back to the RCNP with no races sailed after having waited patiently the wind during five hours. The Finnish sailor, Elias Odrischinsky, the French sailor Tim Carpentier and the Swiss, Morgan Lauber proved to be the fastest with light wind conditions.
On Saturday the event experienced the same forecast, with the first light of the day the sun came up with a cold morning. A soft breeze from the SW allowed all the classes to hold a race. The leaders in the Opti class completely changed. Two of them lost their lead as they suffered a black flag, which bounced Deike Bornemann up to the first place of the overall, followed by the Spanish sailor from Jávea, Enrique Luján and the Swiss, Nicolas Rolaz. Bornemann is part of the group of Germans who have been training in the Bay of Palma before the event.
The lull hit the 63 Ciutat de Palma on its’ last competition day. Today, Sunday the fleet not to sail has been the Optis. After waiting several hours the Race Committee finally tried to give a start with 5 knots of wind, but a windshift of 30 degrees to the right appeared when the first group already was sailing the downwind leg. The breeze wasn’t able to build up enough, event with the sunshine warming up and the Opti fleet (367 boats from 14 countries) finally did not compete.
The Laser Radial and 420 fleet sailed one critical race and a shortened course. It ended up being a “slow and very difficult”, race, but which made these two classes valid for the championship, as the rules for the 63 TCP is to have a minimum of two races sailed to valid the class. The last class to start, the Laser 4.7 whom the wind did not allow to complete the course and finally did not have an option for the trophy.
Although the weather conditions have not been the best, the final balance of the 63 Ciutat de Palma is very positive for the RCNP, explains the director of the RCNP, Jaime Carbonell. “Another year we have had the pleasure to gather an important İnternational fleet and have been capable to assist all these Europeans sailors as they deserve. This regatta is a big challenge for our yacht club as our dry dock space is very limited, but the staff on land has made it possible, says Carbonell, who also points out that an event of this quality in these dates is an important competition that helps create tourism all year round. I also think we have to be very proud to be the organisers of an event with 63 years of age. “