Day one of the Copa del Rey may well have been full of surprises and yesterday proved no exception. An extraordinary performance by Caixa Galicia, which finished second in yesterday's first leg and fourth in the second leg, left her top of the IMS 500 group leader board last night. Retevision maintained its lead at the top of the IMS 600 group. Skipper Jordi Calafat was extremely pleased with the first and third places yesterday. But, this year's Copa del Rey is developing into a sailing extravaganza and the best performance of the day came from Azur de Puig with the Infanta Cristina, the Duchess of Palma at the helm. The crew raced a near tactically perfect day, racing her way passed Banco Espirito Santo into second place in the IMS 500 group. Dutch IMX 45 yacht Mean Machine with New Zealander Ray Davis, who won the Admirals Cup in 1999, the Kenwood Cup in 2000 and the Volvo Ocean race this year, at the helm failed to finish in the top five after having stunned the field on day one with a spectacular performance to take the lead of the IMS 500 group. Tau Ceramica with Luis Doreste at the helm and Cam skippered by Prince Felipe, both raced hard, hence there appearance in the top five in their group at the end of the day. The Spanish armada on the whole enjoyed a great day, pushed along by the ideal 15 knot wind.
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