Hap Fauth’s “Bella Mente”, the 2015 Maxi 72 World Champions and overall leaders of the Maxi72 circuit have taken the win at the 35 Copa del Rey MAPFRE in the Montblanc Maxi 72 class. “Bella Mente” has one of the strongest crews in the fleet, lead by crew boss Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson and tactician Terry Hutchinson, supported by strategist Adrian Stead and navigator Ian Moore.
Fauth has grand prix racing in his DNA, he sets the highest standards for his team and together they have reaped successes around the world, offshore and inshore. The irrepressible owner-driver is loving the Copa del Rey and the host city, Palma.
It is a wonderful event, one of the best regattas we attend all year. We have had wonderful conditions except of course for yesterday when racing was blown off the water. I think that was a wise thing to do in terms of protecting people and equipment. The courses have been good we had a 3.2 nautical miles windward leg on Thursday and that was great, it is seems like not often there are times when we can stretch our legs on windward-leeward races.
The Maxi72 delivers every facet of what Fauth enjoys about grand prix racing, team spirit and cohesion, technical development, pressing forwards with technical advances plus the simple pleasures of going fast inshore and offshore, but the watchword to it all is Improvement.
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