RATS ON FIRE AIMS AT ITS SEVENTH CONDE DE GODÓ SAILING TROPHY
Rafael Carbonell’s Rats on is the first leader of the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona and takes place until Sunday. In the category ORC 0-1, the boat from the CN Arenys de Mar seeks his seventh victory in the Spanish classical race, and its fourth consecutive victory.
With 60 boats competing from ten countries, the first day held in the waters of Barcelona had winds from the S-SW (190 °) between 11 and 14 knots, which allowed to complete three races in the groups, J80, ORC 0-1 and ORC 3-4, while the other group taking part in the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, ORC 2, sailed two races.
Rafael Carbonell’s Swan 45 Rats on Fire did not fail on the first day of competition at the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy. The boat from the CN Arenys de Mar, is aiming at its seventh win in the prestigious Barcelona regatta, and scored today a second and two first places, under the command of Rayco Tabares and Noluco Doreste from the Canary Islands. After this opening day its seems that his main rival in the group ORC 0-1 will be Jesus Turró’s Grand Soleil 50 Gramona, with offshore sailor Guillermo Altadill on board. The team from the RCN Barcelona finished with a first and two second places and is just a point behind the leaders and defending champions. US Andrew Holdsworth’s XP-38 Extreme Ways, another winner from the last edition, completes the podium.
Fyord-Maverta leads the group ORC 2 after finishing first and second on this first day of the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy. The Rodman 42 continues with this season’s streak, where she has won everything. In second place is Alexandre Laplaza’s Sinergia 40 La Plaza Assessors, with the experienced Carlos Rodriguez as skipper. Behind the RCN Barcelona’s boat and completing the podium, there is Italian Giuseppe Giuffre’s team Low Noise II. This is a very hard-fought podium with only one point between each competitor.
In ORC 3-4, the group of smaller boats, the Dufour 34 Fanytas has taken the lead, with several Andorrans on board.
The first leader in the J80 class is Pepequin Orbaneja’s Pelayo Abogados Marbella Team. With canary Javier Padron as skipper, the boat from the CN Sevilla and RCN Arrecife caught everyone by surprise and stands in front of this hard-fought fleet with a second, a fourth and a first in his scoreboard. In second place but tied on points, there is world champion José van der Ploeg’s Nautica Watches, who defends the title as champion of the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy. Just one point behind, in the third step of the provisional podium there is the team led by Spanish Javier Chacártegui with HM Hotels, who sails for the CN S'Arenal and is the current Spanish champion.
Tomorrow, Saturday 4th, there are three more races scheduled for each of the four categories competing in the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy. The prestigious Barcelona regatta will end on Sunday, with the competition of the last races and the prize giving ceremony, which will take place in the race village of Real Club Náutico de Barcelona at 17h00.
Organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona with the collaboration of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Catalan Sailing Federation, the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy has the support of La Vanguardia, the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya. It also counts on the help of Coca-Cola, Nº 3, The Glenrothes, Gramona, Casa Westfalia, Snapea Crisps, Estrella Damm, Slastik, VIP Style Magazine and Gill.