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Juan Vila is possibly the best and most experienced Spanish sailor of all time. Winner of some of the most important sailing events worldwide

Juan Vila is possibly the best and most experienced Spanish sailor of all time. Winner of some of the most important sailing events worldwide he is the only Spanish competitive sailor to have won both a round-the-world race with stop-overs (Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race) and the America’s Cup.

As if this was not enough, he recently broke the Jules Verne record (round the world non-stop) on board the maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire. In the 39th edition of the Trofeo Conde de Godó the Barcelona-born sailor has come back home to a club with whom he has a long-standing relationship, the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, sailing with Quantum Racing.


1. What is your connection with the RCNB? 

Since I was very young I have sailed in the different regattas organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, including the Trofeo Conde de Godo. 


2. El Real Club Náutico de Barcelona has made a huge effort to organize the 39th edition of the Trofeo Conde de Godo. How important is it for you as a sailor to see this kind of effort made, and in the case of the RCNB, for such a high-standing event to be organized amidst such a challenging economic situation? 

I think it is incredibly important to keep these events going whilst adapting to the changes and the current economic situation.  As sailors we are very grateful for everything the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona has done to organize the 39th edition of the event, and for me personally it is wonderful to be able to take part in such a high-level competition here in Barcelona. 


3. Why are you sailing this season with the TP52 class? 

The TP52 is an excellent class with some of the best sailors competing. The racing is usually very close, with changes of position on each leg and often racing is only decided on the finish line with a difference of just metres. It is fabulous to be able to work on the very small details that can make the difference between winning or losing a whole series or circuit. 


4. Is it not too radical a change to go from setting a round-the-world record to a windward-leeward race? 

I have always liked to combine different types of racing and different types of boats. From offshore racing with trimarans, to America’s Cup races, coastal and offshore events, and circuits like this one with the TP52 Quantum Racing. 


5. How do you see the current TP52 class? 

I think it is an excellent class, since the boats really make improvements from one season to the next. Having seen the end of the Medcup we are now in a state of transition where in the future there may well be a circuit on a worldwide scale, for example with racing in the United States where there are also many boats in the class actively competing.  


6. In the Trofeo Conde de Godó there is a combination of classes including the Wally, Maxis/mini Maxis, TP52, Sotos 40, J80 and ORC. Will Barcelona be the main focus in the Mediterranean for this week’s racing? 

Yes, absolutely . This week the Trofeo Conde de Godo will reinstate its name as a true classic in the Mediterranean with fantastic organization, the number and quality of participants and diversity of classes taking part. The Trofeo Conde de Godo is undoubtedly the centre of attention in the world of sailing this week. 


7. Is it a positive thing for the professional classes to join the amateurs such as the J80 and ORC? 

I think it is both positive and necessary for the two to come together in one event where there are different classes and combining amateurs with professionals. It all adds towards making the event much more visually stimulating, open to all and providing amateur crews the chance to make their way into the more professional teams and classes. 




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Rats on Fire crowned champion of the Conde de Godó Trophy for the sixth consecutive year


The 45th Conde de Godó Trophy has closed today in the waters of Barcelona, ​​in one of the most competitive and exciting editions of recent times, with the participation of 51 boats and 500 sailors from eight countries. Organized since 1974 by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona with the support of the Godó family, what is one of the most important regattas in the Mediterranean has crowned as champion for the ninth time and sixth consecutive year Rats on Fire by Rafael Carbonell, in ORC 0-1. The winners in the other categories are also repeaters: L'Immens-Laplaza Assessors (ORC 2) gets its third victory, the same as the Vertigo Dos (ORC 3-4), while the Bribón-Movistar (J80) achieves its fourth triumph in monotypes.

Last day in progress!


East medium winds are forecasted for the last day of racing at the 45th Conde de Godó Trophy. The Race Committee will try to complete two races for the three ORC groups and three for the J80s. In total, from Friday to Sunday seven races were planned for the big boats and ten for the one-design units.

Rats on Fire takes control at the 45th Conde de Godó Trophy


Rats on Fire has demonstrated its power in Barcelona waters today, in the second day of racing of the 45th Conde de Godó Trophy, organized by Real Club Náutico de Barcelona since 1974. The team led by Rafael Carbonell has won all three races completed today in ORC 0-1, to face the final day tomorrow with serious options to win his ninth Conde de Godó Trophy and the sixth in a row. In the rest of the groups the favorites have not failed, in a day starred again by East winds.