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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.

In ORC 0-1, Rats on Fire by Rafael Carbonell has chained three partial victories in the three races. With this and with the introduction of the discard, they are leading with only four points and an advantage of seven over the second and third, which are tied to points and which are Es Tes Unno by Francisco Soldevila and Kajsa III by Rolf Auf Der Maur, from Switzerland. Moreover, Rats on Fire is on track to get its ninth Conde de Godó Trophy and the sixth in a row.

On board Es Tes Unno, skipper Pep Soldevila is so happy: "We are very satisfied. We are the smallest boat in the group, so when we make a mistake it is hard for us to recover. For us a second would be great, and we have to recognize that Rats on Fire is a very fast boat, and Rayco Tabares and Noluco Doreste are very good sailors."

The Sinergia 40 L'Immens-Laplaza Assessors by Alexandre Laplaza is undisputed leader in the ORC 2 category, with five wins. They have four points less than the second classified, the Miaja X of Jaime Samon. The J-122 Anita by Jordi Rabassa is in the third place.

In ORC 3-4, the Salona 37 Vértido Dos by Antonio Guasch has gone ahead, with three partial victories, and now leads by five points to Juan Cabrer's X-37 Airlan Aermec. The Mallorcan boat will have to look back tomorrow, since it is followed by the British Saiola X.

In J80, everything will be decided on the last day. Bribón-Movistar by Marc de Antonio and Sofia Bertrand leads the classification, but with only a point of advantage over the second one, Agustín Altadill's Nacex. For the defenders of the title the day has been really satisfactory, with three firsts and one second, while Altadill's team has scored three seconds and a first. The two teams have managed to open an important gap with respect to the third classified, which is Mikaku of Rosa Artigas, who accumulates 10 points more than the second.

The skipper of Nacex, Món Cañellas, has recognized that getting the title is difficult: "We are very tight with the Bribón-Movistar, but we have a very bad discard and his is currently a second, so they have more margin. We'll have to be careful tomorrow. If we manage to complete three races there are more options."

The last day of racing at the 45th Conde de Godó Trophy will take place tomorrow. The start of the first races is scheduled for midday. The Race Committee will try to complete two races for the ORCs and three for the J80s. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 5:00 pm, at the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona.

Organized by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona with the collaboration of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Catalan Sailing Federation, the 45th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy has the support of La Vanguardia, the City Council of Barcelona and the Government of Catalunya. The collaborators are Gramona, Estrella Damm, Nº3, Royal Bliss, VIP Style Magazine and Veri.

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