THE CONDE DE GODÓ-MERCHBANC TROPHY QUITE A SHOW IN THE COAST OF BARCELONA
Xio (ORC 0), Remotion (ORC 1-2), Airlan Aermec (ORC 3), Amarena II (ORC 4) and Nautica Watches (J80) lead the score board on the opening day in this classic regatta
The 76 boats from ten countries are competing in the 42nd Conde de Godó-Merchbanc Trophy, the great cruiser and J80 regatta organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, offered today the great show everyone expected in the waters of Barcelona. The coast of Barcelona, from the beach of Barceloneta to Port Forum, lived the essence of the sport of sailing in one of the most prestigious nautical events in the national calendar. The regatta this year recorded a very high level of competition since this same race course will host in two weeks the Barcelona ORC World Championship.
A South-westerly wind of 10 knots allowed fulfilling the planned schedule on the opening day of the 42nd Conde de Godó-Merchbanc Trophy: two races for four ORC divisions and three for ORC 4 and the J80 one design fleet, which competes in real time.
Giuseppe Parodi’s Italian TP52 Xio (ORC 0), Jaime Monjo’s Comet 41S Remotion (ORC 1-2), Joan Cabrer’s X37 Airlan Aermec (ORC 3), Giancarlo Nichilo’s Italian First 31.7 Amarena II (ORC 4) and Nautica Watches, from the Olympic champion José Maria Van der Ploeg (J80) are the first leaders of the competition, which runs until Sunday.
In ORC 0, the group with the biggest cruiser-racers, Giuseppe Parodi’s Italian Xio, who sails for the Castellon club Burriananova, leads the class. This TP52, with the renowned sailor Tommaso Chieffi as tactician, finished today first and second. Rafael Carbonell’s Catalan Swan 45 Rats on Fire, with Rayco Tabares from Lanzarote as helmsman, had to settle for third in the first race, but on the next race they put things in place with a victory. They are now second overall, just a point behind Xio. Christian Plump’s German Elena Nova, another Swan 45, completes the provisional podium.
In the ORC 1-2 category – both groups sail together - had Jaime Monjo’s Remotion, from Barcelona, as the undisputed star. This Comet 41S, with Luis Martinez Doreste from the Canary Islands as skipper, finished first and a second and is leading 4.5 points ahead of second-placed American XP38 Extreme Ways. In third place is Francisco Soldevila’s Catalan Dufour 44 Es Tes Uno.
In ORC 3, the best of the day was Joan Cabrera’s Airlan Aermec, who sails under the flag of the Real Club Náutico de Palma. This X37 has just three points and is three points ahead of Jose Luis Maldonado’s X35 Fyord (RCN Valencia), and four ahead of Pedro Gil’s Dufour 34 Defcon Seguridad (RCN Torrevieja).
The First 31.7 Giancarlo Nichilo’s Amarena II and Nacho Rupérez’s Dehler Pichurri, sailing for the CN Rianxo, are tied on points at the top of the leader board in ORC 4, four points ahead of third-placed Sebastian Gustavo’s Platú 25 Atles- Proanautic.
GUARANTEED SHOW BETWEEN THE 18 J80