Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Valencia Sailing goes to Santa Margherita for the Quebramar GP42 Cup

Valencia Sailing is in Santa Margherita, Italy, for the inaugural event of the Quebramar GP42 Cup.

The line up is impressive, with a number of America's Cup sailors and Olympic medalist ready to battle for the second year of racing of the up and coming GP42 class.

Among the favorites are last year's champions, EL DESAFIO, entirely crewed by America's Cup challenger Desafío, sailing on their modified boat.

Among the newcomers in the class are Roma 02, building upon the success of Filippo Faruffini's first GP42 yacht, Roma. Roma 02 will be helmed by Paolo Cian, freshly arrived victorious from Brasil Sailing Cup while another start match racer, Sébastien Col, will be calling tactics.

Société Nautique de Genève, Alinghi's yacht club, will be also represented for the first time in this class by Franck Noël's Near Miss. The Swiss boat will certainly be a tough competitor, helmed by BMW Oracle's former navigator Bertrand Pace and crewed by AREVA Challenge sailors.

Racing begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

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