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Women to attack the Copa del Rey de Sailing

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They have always been present in the Copa del Rey Mapfre alongside the men, but since 2019 they have also competed exclusively in the women’s category.

Boats sail during the fifth day of the 40th edition of the Copa del ReuEFE
  • Candle Great start at the Copa del Rey Mapfrey

It is said that the ocean does not understand gender. This also Sailing is an egalitarian sport, It traditionally does not differentiate between men and women when it comes to forming a squad to compete in a race or a regatta between buoys from around the world. However, reality shows that the presence of females in the fleet is much less than that of males.

With an aim to increase the percentage of women on boats, the most prestigious regatta has activated several initiatives in recent times. ocean race, With worldwide stopovers that depart from Alicante, it aspires to have equal numbers of men and women in 2030; The next Copa America, which will be played in Barcelona in 2024, will have its own competition with an all-female staff; And at the Olympic Games, where women’s sailing events have been held since 1988, mixed classes are being introduced.

The Bay of Palma is also a sight these days visibility search, Three years earlier, Real Club Nautico de Palma included the first women’s class in the Copa del Rey Mapfre with the idea of ​​improving the figures from the past, when more than 100 boats had only one or two female crew. Make a fleet every year.

The first edition of the Women’s Cup brought together a dozen crews aboard the Viper 640 Monotype in Palma. Although the boat chosen was more like a canoe than a cruise ship, the competition was described as a success and Felipe VI ended the Balearic Federation. The team, led by Helena Alegre, crowned the trophy first champion About the history of the Copa del Rey.

In 2021, a design was chosen after the regatta was canceled the previous year due to the pandemic. J80 as a weapon. ‘Dorcia Coviran’, dropped by Marta Garrido, was the best of the 11 teams that participated. This year, with the same type of boat, nine teams have entered the Mallorca Sotheby’s Women’s Cup class.

The fight for the lead was fierce in three days of the preliminary stage of the 40th Copa del Rey, with Maria Bower’s ‘Baleria’ one. managed to start the final stage from the top of the ranking. Ships such as Eva Gonzalez’s ‘Soho-Boutique Hotels-Trocadero’ or ‘Dorcia Coviran’, led by Natalia Via-Dufresne, which these days celebrate the 30th anniversary of the silver medal won in the Europe class at Barcelona 92, also have Has shown enough potential to win the title.

Despite recent efforts to raise the quantitative and qualitative level of women in the cup, the truth is that they have existed in the regatta since its origins. Not surprisingly, the first Copa del Rey winning sailboat, the Italian ‘Net’, was armed by Carla Tafoloni.

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During the next four decades, there have been many figures who have worked to break that invisible wall in the water. Some of them appear in the book ‘Copa del Rey-40 Anniversary’ by journalist Suso Perez, where Role of the royal family.

Infanta Cristina was a crew member of the ‘Azur de Puig’ since 1988 from a very young age and patron saint; The Infanta Elena sailed on ships armed by the legendary ‘Il Morro di Venezia’ and by Camilo José Cela or Pedro Perello. For her part, Queen Sofia participated in the 1987 editions, on Jorge Koumantaros’ ‘Boomerang’, and in 1995, with the Navy’s ‘Hispania’.

list of women Those who are writing the history of the Cup are extensive. Theresa Zabel, double Olympic champion, patron of the 1991 Copa del Rey team InSpell; Tanit IV Medilevel setter, María José Villa, who won the trophy in 2010; The current bow of the sought-after navigator Alicia Ageno or ‘Efos 500’, first sergeants Natalia Diaz and Neria Lemos, are some examples of participants who have stormed the Gulf of Palma to measure themselves against their rivals and the sea.

After all, as the British sailor de Caffari put it, “for the wind and the waves”. They don’t care who you are; Are you male or female; You’re a sailor.”

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Reference from www.elmundo.es

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