Friday, June 20, 2008

Another nail in the coffin of the CNEV

At this stage, it shouldn't come as a surprise to any reader of Valencia Sailing but the influential Spanish journalist Jaume Soler reminded us that the Vuelta de España a Vela (Spain Sailing Tour) should have ended today, according to the official calendar, but it hasn't even started, let alone there isn't any indication it is about to start in the near future.

The Vuelta de España was one of the three "annual" regattas the CNEV (Club Nautico Español de Vela) was allegedly organizing in order to fulfill the requirements set by the Deed of Gift, according to what Manuel Chirivella, its president and vice-president of the Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV), stated last year, in an email sent to Valencia Sailing.

Not only that, when the RFEV presented in February the official 2008 calendar, the Vuelta de España was scheduled to take place from May 24th to June 20th. Nevertheless, in a new and modified calendar, published on June 3rd, the Vuelta had disappeared. So, a regatta that cost, according to the figures presented by the Spanish Sailing Federation in its annual general meeting, approximately 160 thousand euros had a very short life.

Still, always according to the new calendar, the 2nd edition of the "Trofeo Desafío Español" will take place in Valencia on the 8th and 9th of November.

This website has tried to be as impartial as possible in the current legal fight between Alinghi and BMW Oracle and has equally criticized both parties, or at least it tried. Nevertheless, one can only laugh with this farcical situation.

With yet another nail in the coffin of the CNEV, Alinghi should finally admit it was a fantasy arrangement, a "legal adjustment" according to Chirivella, that didn't work. Imagine a yacht club that schedules a race three months ahead and then halfway through the supposed regatta it publishes another calendar where that race has disappeared.

The winners of the Alicante-Valencia leg receive their award from the Vice-President of the RFEV (Spanish sailing Federation). Valencia, 18 September 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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