RATS ON FIRE, CLOSER TO ENTER THE LEGEND OF THE CONDE DE GODÓ SAILING TROPHY
Rafael Carbonell’s team Rats on Fire still leads the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, following the cancellation of the second day of the prestigious Spanish race due to lack of wind. Fyord-Maverta (ORC 2), Fanytas (ORC 3-4) and Pelayo Abogados Marbella Team (J80) are also still leading.
The 60 boats from ten different countries, divided into four categories, taking part in the regatta organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona have been waiting at sea for five hours, but the wind conditions were very unstable due to the low pressure over the peninsula. The continuous wind shifts and a maximum speed of 4.5 knots, which quickly fell back to 2 knots, have made it impossible to complete any race, even though ORC 0-1 and ORC 2 started one.
Therefore, the scoreboard remains unchanged since yesterday, and Rats on Fire is now closer to its seventh victory in the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, in the group ORC 0-1. If they became winners tomorrow, Rafael Carbonell’s boat will enter the legend and become the third team with the most victories in the prestigious Barcelona regatta.
José Cusí and HM King Juan Carlos’ Bribón is the team that has won more Conde de Godó Sailing Trophies, with a total of eleven, and even twice managed to string four consecutive wins. It is followed by Cesar Obregon’s Lupa, with eight Trophies, seven of them back to back.
But in the fight to enter the legend, the Swan 45 led by Rafael Carbonell, Noluco Doreste and Rayco Tabares has Jesus Turro’s Gramona as biggest rival, a Grand Soleil 50 with also a very powerful crew, which includes round the world sailor Guillermo Altadill and the Olympic champion Fernando León. Third is US XP-38 Extreme Ways, which is also defending the title, and has Iñaki Castañer onboard.
In ORC 2, the Rodman 42 Fyord-Maverta is the leader of the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, only one point ahead of Sinergia 40 Laplaza Assessors and two ahead of Italian Low Noise II, with Willy Altadill, son of the great offshore sailor, as part of the crew.
In ORC 3-4, the Dufour 34 Fanytas has a strong advantage in order to claim its second win in the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, after the victory in 2013.
Much tighter is the podium in the J80 class. The exciting one-designs are dominated by Pelayo Abogados Marbella Team. The boat skippered canary Javier Padron, however, is tied on points with second placed José María Van der Ploeg’s Nautica Watches, who tomorrow, on the final day of the coveted competition, will battle for his fourth title as winner of the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy.
After the historic day tomorrow in the waters of Barcelona, with three races scheduled for each fleet, the winners of the 43 Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy will be honoured at the prize giving ceremony, which will be held at 17h00 in the race village of the RCN Barcelona.
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.