KICK-OFF FOR AN OUTSTANDING 39th TROFEO CONDE DE GODO
An exciting start to the event with a triple draw at the top of the Wally class whilst in the TP52s AUDI Azzurra is the day’s protagonist and in the Soto 40 the ‘unbeatable’ Iberdrola is momentarily defeated by Ngoni.
An exciting start to the event with a triple draw at the top of the Wally class whilst in the TP52s AUDI Azzurra is the day’s protagonist and in the Soto 40 the ‘unbeatable’ Iberdrola is momentarily defeated by a courageous Ngoni.
The 39th edition of the Trofeo Conde de Godo kicked off today with an outstanding level among the participants and great diversity of categories (Wally, TP52, Soto 40, ORC and J80) along with the impeccable organization and wonderful setting of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona.
An absolutely perfect day for sailing with conditions meaning the 39th Trofeo Conde de Godó Race Committee headed by María Torrijo were able to organize three windward-leeward races for the TP52 and Soto 40 classes, and two for the Wally.
The real highlight of the day was the amazing equality among the Wally class with a triple draw and a powerful performance from the Italian-Argentinean team Audi Azzura helmed by Guillermo Parada. The Soto 40 class saw the class favourite– Iberdrola Team, skippered by Jose María Torcida defeated by British team Ngoni.
Good wind conditions meant that racing took place right in front of the Catalan capital with a clearly favoured right side of the course throughout most of the day.
The Wally class disputes the closest racing of the day
The Wally class was the only category not sailing in real time, using a handicap system which by no means hampered their chance to put on an absolutely spectacular show. All eyes were on the stunning outline of the fleet leaving the dock for racing at the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona.
In the two Wally class classifications (groups 1 and 2) there was a double draw at the top of the table. In group 1 it was even closer with a triple draw in leading the general classification. British boats Magic Carpet and J One each won a race and were third in the others, whilst the German Season had a regular two thirds to cause a triple draw at the top of the overall leader board.
In the Wally group 2 consistency was also key, with a double draw in first place between Roycan and Sensei, whilst Alberto Palatchi’s Spanish Tiketitoo had two thirds and finished in third place.
The TP52 class dominated by the Italian-Argentinean team on day 1
The recently christened Italian-Argentinean team AZZURRA left its rivals far behind. The boat skippered by Argentinean Guillermo Parada claimed victory in both the first and second races of the day, setting the tone with two first places and a second behind the British Ran de Niklas Zennstrom; claiming two seconds and a first and ending up second overall. The third place went to Ed Blair’s Quantum Racing with a regular three thirds.
It was not a good start for the German TP52 ALL 4 ONE skippered by Galician sailor Gonzalo Araujo; unable to start the Trofeo Conde de Godó , due to several setbacks on board and thus not competing on the first day of racing.
No favourites in the Soto 40
Despite all bets on Agustin Zulueta’s unbeatable Iberdrola Team, helmed by Cantabrian skipper and double world champion José María Torcida, it was not to be. The team was defeated in all three races.
The protagonist of the day was an impeccable Ngoni, owned by Tony Buckingham from Great Britain, absent from racing due to health problems and replaced by Kevin Spronl. The three victories in today’s racing have established the team at the top of the leader board.
Another of the day’s greatest surprises was the magnificent performance of Spanish team Noticia IV, owned by Luis Martínez Cabiedes and helmed by Iñaki Castañer; clocking up a very intelligent three seconds and thus giving them a second overall. The Iberdrola Team stumbled with a third, fifth and third leaving them third place overall and knocked off the top spot by leaders Ngoni.
THE SHOW STARTS ON FRIDAY FOR THE ORC AND J-80 CLASSES
The monotypes J80 and most numerous class in the 39th Trofeo Conde de Godó, the ORC, will start on Friday from 16.00h onwards – a day later than the other professional sailing classes in the Trofeo Conde de Godo.