The 'Teatro Soho CaixaBank', owned by Javier Banderas, during Tuesday's session.

The pride of Antonio Banderas in sailing


Javier, the actor’s brother, dominates in the BMW ORC 2 class in the 40 Copa del Rey Mapfre

The ‘Teatro Soho CaixaBank’, owned by Javier Banderas, during Tuesday’s session.MARA MUIAKing Mapfre Cup
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At the Bravo regatta course, where the four ORC fleets of the 40 Mapfre King Cupit is no longer surprising to see the Theater-Soho CaixaBank approaching the finish line in first position. Four races disputed and four victories for the same boat of the class BMW ORC 2losing only half a point after the surprising tie in the first duel of the opening day.

Four consecutive joys also for Emilio Aragon Y Antonio Banderaswho these days promote their latest project on the sails of that boat, Godspellthe Broadway musical from the 70s that is about to premiere in Malaga.

The above has an explanation: Antonio Banderas Design is one of the sponsors of the boat soho theaterwhose owner is Javier Banderas, brother of the Spanish actor. Of course, in the waters of the Bay of Palma, the last name Banderas is more Javier’s than Antonio’s.

The youngest of the Banderas brothers is an illustrious shipowner and sailor in the history of the Copa del Rey Mapfre after conquering five titles in its category (2021, 2018, 2017, 2010 and 2009) and two outright victories (2021 and 2017).

Only the first two days of the 40th edition of the great Mediterranean regatta have been held, but the recitals of speed and tactics that the Soho CaixaBank Theater It is already listed as one of the favorites among the 109 participating boats in the face of absolute victory in 2022.

In the two races held on Tuesday, with a thermal wind of embat of some 14 knots of intensity, the Banderas sailboat prevailed both in real time and in compensated time, two new partial victories with which it reinforced its leadership: an advantage of five points over the Katharina II and 8.5 on the Rivareno Gelato-Elena Novathe other two Swan 42 CSs in the class.

There is no mystery in Javier Banderas’ formula for success: having a fast and competitive boat like the Swan 42 and manage to keep a crew together. On board, heavyweights of Spanish sailing such as Sunday Manrique or, above all, louis doreste. Both sailors celebrate these days the 30th anniversary of the gold in sailing in the Flying Dutchman class that they achieved in Barcelona 92. And they are celebrating it on the regatta course, devouring miles together to continue enlarging their legends. The passing of decades in a sport like sailing matters little, as long as there is talent to waste.

“The truth is that Luis covers the shortcomings of many of usbut everyone collaborates on board and sailing for so many years together has to bear fruit” acknowledges Javier Banderas about his tactic.


You have to go to class BMW ORC 3 to find another ship, the Scugnizza of Enzo de Blasio, who has made full partial victories after the first two days. In this class, the best spanish is the Sorcererthird, 11 points behind the leader.

Regarding the class BMW ORC 1the HM Hospitals of Carles Rodriguez managed to maintain the first place in the classification after winning the second round, thus recovering from the seventh place achieved in the first. At three points lurks the Star of Luis Martinez Doreste already four, the Palibex of Crooked Pichu. A majestic battle is coming between those three crews.

For his part, the Years 500 did not have a good day. With the absence of Philip VIthe Navy ship signed two irregular partials -fifth and sixth- with which it fell from the second to the fifth position in the classification, placing itself 8 points behind the leader of ORC 1.

In the absence of a day to complete the previous series of the competition, the leaders in the rest of the classes are the Mestral Fast (BMW ORC 4), the farstar (Club Swan 36), the OneGroup (Club Swan 50), the Koyre-Spirit of Nerina (ClubSwan 42). For its part, the first day for the J80 and J70 ended with the balearia of Mara Bover (Majorca Sotheby’s Women’s Cup) and the let it be of John Bald (Herbalife J70) at the top of their respective rankings.


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