Sunday, February 10, 2008

CNEV not to repeat its "annual" regatta, according to official Spanish sailing calendars

If one is to judge by the calendar the Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) published last week, it appears that the CNEV's "annual" regatta, meant to satisfy one of the Deed of Gift's criteria, will go to history as the shortest annual event. It will have lasted exactly one year with only its inaugural edition being hosted.

The RFEV published last week, a couple of months late, the calendar of the various sailing events under its jurisdiction that will take place in Spain this year. There are the usual renowned events such as the Copa del Rey in Palma or the Trofeo de la Reina in Valencia as well as a large number of regional and local regattas that constitute the regional and local championships.

Still, the Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV), current Challenger of Record of the 33rd America's Cup, is nowhere to be seen. Given it was a newly-formed yacht club CNEV had never held a regatta in the past and as a result it created one from scratch, called "Troféo Desafío Español", in honor of the America's Cup team that raced the colors of the club. The inaugural race took place in Valencia, on the 24th and 25th of November 2007.

Anyone even remotely interested in the America's Cup will be aware by now that the timing of this regatta (held after Desafío Español had challenged Alinghi) was the cornerstone of BMW Oracle's legal case and finally the argument Justice Cahn used in order to decide that the CNEV was not a valid Challenger of Record under the terms of the Deed of Gift.

Part of the boats that took part in the inaugural edition of the "Troféo Desafío Español". Was that the first and last time the trophy was held? Apparently, yes. Valencia, 24 November 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Surprisingly, the "Troféo Desafío Español" has disappeared from the 2008 calendar. This is even more surprising considering the fact all 5 members of the CNEV form part of RFEV's executive board. They don't even include it under the "Regattas of Interest" qualification. Doesn't the RFEV consider its own event as being of interest to the Spanish sailors?

The "Troféo Desafío Español" is also absent from the 2008 calendar of the Valencia Sailing Federation (FVCV). The official calendar of the regional federation consists of a whopping 178 regattas, ranging from the local mom–and–pop weekend regatta to the ISAF Grade 1 match race event in Calpe. The CNEV doesn't appear anywhere as organizer of any regatta in Valencia.

PS. It seems the person in charge of writing RFEV's calendar became overly ambitious and included various circuits or events, completely unrelated to the federation. For example the GP42 2008 Cup as well as the 2008 Audi Medcup have their place in the Spanish Federation's calendar, even if the former is organized by the GP42 International Association and the latter by an independent private company. Still, without any doubt, the most extravagant item in the calendar is the inclusion of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race with the claim it is organized by the Spanish Federation itself!!!

The 2008 calendar of the RFEV (in Spanish) can be accessed here.

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At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zulueta and company, you know better than this. If you really wanted to be the COR meeting the required criteria you should have taken any yacht club in Spain, ANY, there are plenty, PLENTY, MUCHISIMOS!!!! You knew this CNEV was not going to work. everything going on right now is not only Ernesto;s fault, but Zulueta and Pombo's. You get what you paid for...

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what happens when the wrong people take decisions. It all goes back when people do things out of envy. RFEV had the Yacht Club with the biggest America´s Cup experience (1995,2000) in Spain only 4 miles south of their base. But a man called Chirivella could not satisfied his loser ego and had to make a Yacht Club with no port, no members and no boats! Just to let you know that this decision is also because of the Catalan influence in the RFEV, they can not stand the success of the 32nd AC in Valencia. Also being Valencian, I am ashamed of how the Valencian Politicians with Camps leading the crew, would fall into such a scam without the proper assessment. It is embarrasing for Valencia and for Spain, I think a few members of the RFEV, the townhall and the Valencian Regional Government should stepdown due to their responsabilities in such an important issue. They should all be fired!

At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree buddy. But I cannot believe that Zulueta and the members of the DE Board bought Chirivella's strategy. Names such as Cusi and P Campos are part of the board. They should not have let this happened.
Zulueta and his boys did an excellent job building a team away from Campos and splitting the business and sport areas among different people. And after an excellent campaign I cannot believe that they made this mistake. Oh, I forgot, people cannot be ever happy, they always want more and more, and they were probably trying to make some money with this CNEV scam…sorry, you got caught!


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