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The wind played a crucial role in the thrilling day of the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy.

New leaders emerge in the J 70 monotype class. Alcaidesa Marina takes the lead in the overall standings, while Dorsia Covirán leads the Women's Cup.


The ORC A DOS boats set sail towards Blanes to complete the 70-mile second coastal race.



The weak southerly wind (180º) with an intensity of 6-7 knots initially filled both race courses of the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, allowing the punctual start of the ORC A DOS boats towards Blanes, followed by the J 70 fleet in front of the Barceloneta beaches. As the morning progressed, the initial 6 knots gradually improved to 12-13 knots while shifting to a 190º direction.


The race committee for the J70 Monotypes and Women's Cup took advantage of the first stable gusts that reached their area to commence the first race of the day. The favorable wind conditions allowed for the completion of the maximum of four races to make up for some of the losses from yesterday, accumulating five partial results in their standings.


Alcaidesa Marina, skippered by Gustavo Martínez Doreste, had an impressive day, with race results of 1-2-1-3, combined with yesterday's fourth-place finish, placing them in first position. Noticia, helmed by Luis Martin Cabiedes, maintained the second spot with today's results of 7-1-4-1, adding to their two points from yesterday. The British boat SeriousFun, owned by Tony Howard, completed the provisional podium at the end of the second day with scores of 3-6-2-2.


"I'm happy; we had a good day. Even in challenging moments, we managed to stay consistent and achieve good results," commented Gustavo Martínez Doreste. "The fleet is highly competitive, and any mistakes can cost valuable positions. Tomorrow will be another tough day, but we will strive to defend our lead. I have confidence in our good speed," concluded the sailor from Gran Canaria.


There has been a significant change in the Women's Cup standings. The leaders after yesterday's race, Eva González's team Bravas, didn't perform as well today with results of 1-4-5-4, dropping to the third position on the podium. The stroke of genius came from double Olympic medalist Natalia Via Dufresne, who achieved scores of 5-1-1-1 and claimed the top spot on the leaderboard. Despite not winning any of today's races, Nuria Bover's Balearia showcased consistency (3-3-2-2) and secured the second position.


"I'm very pleased because the crew is new; we hadn't sailed together before, and we were unfamiliar with the J 70 boat designated for this Women's Cup of the Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy," summarized Natalia Via Dufresne from Catalonia. "Tomorrow, a significant part of the outcome will depend on the conditions. We perform better with more wind; I have a better feel for the helm, and it also helps us being in the higher weight range of female crews."


ORC DOUBLE HANDED

The boats, crewed by two sailors, set sail on the Barcelona-Blanes-Barcelona route. This race has a scoring coefficient of 1.3, as it covers a distance of 70 miles, while the Barcelona-Palamós-Barcelona race is scored with a coefficient of 1.5.


Before heading towards Blanes, they started by beating upwind on a short starting leg, where some of the top contenders showcased their skills. Once again, Inés Rodríguez's Duende set the pace, with Smerit closely following and quickly narrowing the distance with a swift spinnaker hoist. Not far behind, the pair of Figaro 2 boats rounded the starting mark, sharpening their tactics with an eye on the time compensation established by the rankings. Shaka, skippered by Iván Olivé, and Inteman, helmed by Didac Costa, sailed almost side by side in the final approach to the Blanes mark.


The return leg, especially during the night, may bring about a change of scenario, with potential tactical alternatives and fluctuations in the outcome.


STANDINGS


WOMEN'S CUP (5 races without discard)

1 Dorsia Coviran 10 points

2 Balearia 13 points

3 Bravas 15 points

Up to 16 participants J 70 (5 races without discard)

1 Alcaidesa Marina 11 points

2 Noticia 15 points

3 Seriousfun 20 points


J 70 (5 races without discard)

1 Alcaidesa Marina 11 points

2 Noticia 15 points

3 Seriousfun 20 points



The 50th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy is organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, in collaboration with the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Catalan Sailing Federation, and is supported by La Vanguardia, Mapfre, the Ajuntament de Barcelona, and the Generalitat de Catalunya, as well as the collaboration of Gramona, Estrella Damm, Royal Bliss, Dos Déus, Veri, Isdin, and De Antonio Yachts, Musto.


The 50th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy is part of the Mediterranean Sailing Circuit, along with the PalmaVela Regatta organized by the RCN de Palma and the Trofeo SM La Reina organized by the RCN de Valencia.


The 50th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, along with the Interclubs Regatta held on April 20 and 30, serves as a qualifier for the Spanish ORC Cruising Championship, which will take place from October 5 to 8.

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