Copa del Rey MAPFRE
The Copa del Rey MAPFRE is considered an indisputable reference in the Mediterranean racing season. The best teams from the national and international fleets meet every summer in the Bay of Palma to enjoy unbeatable sailing conditions and the combination of hospitality and professionalism offered by the Real Club Náutico de Palma.
The Copa del Rey MAPFRE was born in 1982, when the National Association of Cruisers organised with the RCNP the first edition of a race open to all classes in compensated time. More than fifty participants accepted the challenge. The Italian "Nan" was in charge of opening the golden book of the regatta, which was followed by Pepín González' "Barracuda" (1983) and José Cusí's "Bribón" (1984 and 1985), establishing the tradition of His Majesty King Don Juan Carlos sailing in "his" regatta.
THE ARRIVAL OF REAL TIME
In 2005 the TP52 class made its debut, bringing the competition to the bay of Palma in real time. This formula was consolidated in 2007, when half of the fleet was already taking over when the reordering of the classes in compensated time began with the strengthening of the IRC system.
The 2016 edition was the incorporation of the multihulls. The GC32 catamarans flew in the bay of Palma to provide a unique spectacle. For the first time, the fleet was distributed in four race areas.
The 2018 edition now figures in the RCNP's gold book as the largest MAPFRE King's Cup in history, with 152 boats of 29 nationalities distributed in 13 classes.
THE WOMEN'S CUP
The 2019 edition was the incorporation of the new female class: PuroBeach Women's Cup with the aim of promoting the role of women in the sport of cruising at an international level with the support of the International Sailing Federation, the World Sailing.
2020 was the first time in history that the Copa del Rey MAPFRE had to be postponed until the following year, due to health reasons, because of the COVID_19 pandemic.
But it has not been a blank year, internally work has been done to include a new monotype class: the J70, the largest in the world, in addition to the innovative ClubSwan 36 class, and an ambitious environmental plan has been developed to be implemented in 2021.
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