RATS ON FIRE TAKES ITS TWELFTH TROPHY AND MAKES HISTORY AT THE 48 GODÓ VELA
A cloudy morning in Barcelona on the last day of racing at the 48 Godó Vela. Crews wished for luck with the light winds forecasted. Boats sailed to the racing area with final races scheduled to start at 12.00h but it was a windless start on this last day of racing.
THE COME BACK OF RATS ON FIRE
Sunny Saturday of May, the temperature rises in the city of Barcelona. This can result on Garbí wind. The teams taking part in this 48th edition start arriving at the Village of Reial Club Nàutic de Barcelona, waiting for the confirmation of the weather forecast. Briefing is over and it is confirmed it will be an outstanding day.
The first race for the J70 started at 12.00h as scheduled followed by the starting signal for the ORC. The Garbí wind, 10 to 14 knots and smooth sea conditions provided the ideal scenario for day two.
With four races sailed by the one design, the overall standings sees changes. Ricardo Terrades and Luis Martinez Doreste’s Autolica-Kahaway-Tropicfeel wins 2 races and climbs to the lead with 13 points. Marcelo Baltzer’s Let is Be joins from RCN Denia joins the podium with 16 points followed by Javier Scherk’s Gunter from RCNB three points behind. Luís Martín Cabiede’s Noticia falls down to fifth overall.
In ORC 0-1-2, Toni Guiu’s TP52 Bluecarbon from RCNB holds the lead with partial results 1-3-4. Rafael Carbonell’s Swan 45 Rats on Fire from CN Arenys de Mar skippered by Jorge Martínez Doreste had a bad start with an OCS in the first race of the day but following the 2 victories in the other races of the day and applying the discard, climbs to the top of the overall standings.
With these results, tomorrow announces a close battle for final victory between Bluecarbon and Rats on Fire while Rolf Auf del Maur’s Kajsa III from RCNB, Jaime Samón’s, Miaja X from CN El Masnou, Francisco Soldevia’s Es Tes Unno… from RCNB and Diana Coromina’s Blue also from RCNB will fight for the third place on the podium.
As far as the ORC 3-4 fleet is concerned, there is a close battle between favourites, Alexandre Laplaza’s L’Immens from RCNB and Nicolás González’s Lady Mariline fromYCU-RCNB). L’Immens, began leading the day but its rival Lady Mariline won two of the races sailed today and leads again the overall standings. Gaitero Dos from Club Náutico Ibiza with Iván Moreno at the helm, keeps third place overall with 11 points.
Decisive day tomorrow with two races for OCR and three for one design with first starts scheduled at 12.00h. SE wind, 4 to 8 knots is forecasted for this final day with the prize giving ceremony scheduled at 17.00h.
Organised by Reial Club Nàutic de Barcelona with the collaboration of Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federació Catalana de Vela, the 48 Trofeo de vela Conde Godó has the support of La Vanguardia, Ajuntament de Barcelona and Generalitat de Catalunya. The collaborators are Gramona, Estrella Damm, Royal Bliss, VIP Style Magazine, and Veri.
LIGHT WINDS ON DAY ONE
Sunny day and lights winds on day one at the 48th Edition Godó Vela. The first starts were scheduled at 14.30 hours but the Race Committee had to postpone the start due to the lack of wind