All set for the 44th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy
Almost 50 boats from eight different countries will meet from Friday to Sunday in Barcelona to compete in the 44th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy. The doyen Spanish regatta of sailing cruisers has been organized by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona since 1974.
After the participants’ registration which will take place tomorrow, the best boats will line up on Friday. From 14h30 onwards they will take the start of the first regattas of the 44th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy and fight for one of the mermaids which will pay homage to the champion of each category on Sunday.
Three out of the four winners last year are back to defend their title: Rafael Carbonell's Rats on Fire (ORC 0-1) - who will fight for his eighth Godó trophy and fifth in a row -, Miquel Banús’ Fanytas (ORC 3-4) and Pepequin Orbaneja’s Ramón Pelayo Abogados Marbella Team (J80).
In the J80 one design class, last year’s complete podium will compete in the 44th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy. Pepequin Orbaneja’s Ramón Pelayo Abogados Marbella Team was the surprise claiming the victory ahead of Jose Maria Van der Ploeg’s team, who is world champion and runner-up of this class, and this past weekend was proclaimed winner of Catalonian Championship with his VSA Comunicación. In addition to Van der Ploeg, other serious contenders for the podium will be Massimo Rama’s Italian Jeniale!-EuroSystem, and Marc de Antonio and Sofia Bertrand’s Bribón-Movistar.
In the ORC 2 fleet of medium-sized boats, Alexandre Laplaza's Sinergia 40 Laplaza Assessors, who was third last year, has high expectations to at least repeat the podium position, in a fleet with strong opponents, such as Belgian Saiola X. While in ORC 3-4 Miquel Banús’ Dufour 34 Fanytas will be there to defend the title.
Unless there are some possible last-minute registrations, competitors will be divided into four groups: the one design J80 class, with nine entries, and the groups ORC 0-1 (21 teams), ORC 2 (12 teams) and ORC 3-4 (5 teams). There will be an individual race course set up for the J80s, while the three ORC fleets will race in another race area, with a shorter course for the smaller boats, the ORCs 3-4.
The regattas of the 44th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy will be held during three days, from Friday June 2nd to Sunday 4th, with a total of eight scheduled races for ORC and nine for J80. The big event will close with the prize giving ceremony, which will be held on the same Sunday, June 4th in the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy Race Village, at 17h00.
The 44th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy is organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona with the collaboration of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Catalan Sailing Federation. The Trophy has the support of La Vanguardia, the City Council of Barcelona and the Generalitat de Catalunya. As well, the partners of the event are Gramona, Estrella Damm, Nº 3, Royal Bliss, Survitec Group, VIP Style Magazine, Veri, King's Ginger and Gill.