16th Sail Racing Palma Vela Overall: Perfect finale seals titles
Racing in the new-to-Palma Viper 640 sportboat class has been close, spirited and exciting in the stronger breezes especially. The local youngsters of the host club, the Real Club Nautico de Palma lead by coach Pedro Mari, held off the challenge from Lawrence Crispin, a past Laser World Champion, on his Hissing Sid. The home Palma team won by a single point.
Marí, skipper of Team RCNP, commented, “We are very happy. We wouldn’t expect this result, because our opponents are better than us. They have beaten us the three previous regattas, they have raced in world championships and have been sailing Viper for the last three years. But since day one we had very good feelings. The kids adapted really well to the boat, considering this was their first event on a Viper. We did well in all the manoeuvres.”
English helm Crispin acknowledged, “There was a bit of match racing in the second race and our Spanish rival covered us all the way round the course, but they sailed well. It has been a great week, the sailing today was excellent, totally champagne sailing!”