41st CONDE DE GODO–MERCHBANC SAILING TROPHY
Barcelona’s City Council presented today the 41st edition of the Conde de Godó–Merchbanc Sailing Trophy
Seventy entries, divided into ORC Cruiser and J80 one-design, will compete from May 22nd to the 25thand will ratify that is one of the most traditional andhigh level trophies in the sailing calendar
Today Barcelona was again the centre of sailingsports with the 41st Conde de Godó-Merchbanc Sailing Trophy, which was presented today at the city’s Town Hall. The competition organized by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona also scores in the SpanishChampionship of Cruisers, organized by the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.
The entries of this new edition will be cruisers with ORC certificate in the Classes 0, 1, 2 and 3 and J80 one-designs. Over 50 ORC entries will for sure race an excellent and tough Conde de Godó Trophy, which will help the international fleet match each other before facing the European Championship in Valencia and the World Championship of cruisers which will be held in 2015 in Barcelona, organized by the Real Club Nautico.
The J80 entries, with the Spanish teams at the top of the fleet, will continue in the Godó trophy an intense season.
The Trophy’s sports program will start on Thursday, May 22nd, with the training day and measurements. The official competition will be from May 23rd to the 25th. On Sunday, after the last race sailed, the prize giving ceremony will be held at the Regatta Village, in the RCNB dry dock.
Once again, the Mayor of Barcelona, Mr. Xavier Trias, His Excellency Mr. Javier Godó, Count of Godó, Mr. Enrique Corominas, Chairman of the RCNB, presented the race to the media and sailing fans. With them there was also the new race sponsor Merchbancwith its commercial director Jordi Jove Núñez.
Meeting point for the best boats
The organization of the Conde de Godó-MerchbancSailing Trophy will bring together the best sailors at present. To make racing easier, the fleets will be dividedinto two different race courses where the participatingteams will fight to engrave their names on the prestigious Conde de Godó Trophy. The winners of the 2013 edition have already confirmed their participationat this new event. Carlos Martinez’s "Zhic/Novasail" in J80, Miquel Banus’ "Fanytas" in ORC3 and Rafael Carbonell’s "Rats on Fire" in ORC1.
Among the large ORC cruiser fleet stand out teams such as Toni Guiu’s "KW Plus", Enrique Perol’s "BMW Pro Driver", Lluís Blanchar’s "Comet@", or Salvador Vieta’s "Executive Airlines", as well as the foreign fleet led by Russian "Anna" or German "Alegre". In the J80 entries, we will find a very powerful fleet like Olympic Champion José María Van der Ploeg’s "Great Sailing", Dionisio Martínez Bouza’s "Puerto Sherry-Inútil Team", and Marc de Antonio’s "Bribón-Movistar". They will allfight to beat the current world champion, Portuguese Hugo Rocha.
Enric Corominas, president of the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona:
"Since it’s becoming a tradition, we are again at the City Hall to present the Conde de Godó Trophy which this year celebrates its 41st edition. It’s a well consolidated race and between 60 and 70 boats and 800 sailors will compete for it.
Is a very important event not only for Barcelona but also for our Real Club Nautico. We could have not been able to achieve this without the support of many institutions, such as Grupo Godó and Merchbanc, which this year is becoming the main sponsor of the race.
All this would be even more difficult if we did not have the support of our City Council. We appreciate what you are doing for us which gives us encouragement for the future"
Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona:
"We are gathered here to present a new edition of the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy. We want to thank you since it is very important for the sport, it gives us a 'hallmark'. Thanks to the Trophy, the RCNB and sponsors who bet on this event.
We are a reference in the world of sailing. In addition to other international events, Barcelona has a solid base in this sport; 18,000 students go through the school managed by the Catalan Sailing Federation. Sailing creates a major economic activity. Many Catalan companies work in the world of sailing and yachting. The Boat Show makes us a very important tool. Barcelona loves the sea and the sport, which is why it hosts this 41st edition that we present with pride and enthusiasm today. We are working really hard because we want it to be a success. I ask the Barcelona citizens to enjoy this competition. Congratulations on this event."