Saturday, 2 October 2010

TP52 World Championship Presented in Valencia

The 2010 edition of the TP52 World Championship was officially launched at the Edificio Veles e Vents in Valencia today. The World’s will take place on the America’s Cup waters off the city between the 5th and 9th of October

TP52 World Championship Valencia 2010 © Carmen HIdalgo/WSM.

by Sabina Mollart-Rogerson

The official TP52 World Championship was presented by Cristóbal Grau, Sports Council for Valencia Town Hall; Jorge Gisbert, Director General of the Consorcio Valencia 2007; Rafael Chirivella, sports coordinator for the Real Club Náutico de Valencia; and Nacho Postigo, Technical Director of World Sailing Management.

Nine boats from eight countries have confirmed their entry for this 2010 edition which will comprise a maximum of 10 races, including a coastal race on Thursday 7th which will finish right in the central harbour of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I.

The competing teams have already started to muster in the iconic venue lining up in the pontoons where they will remain until the 9th of October, just at the foot of the famous Veles e Vents building.

Among the participating teams are the last three world champions: Argentina’s Matador (2009), the American team on Quantum Racing (2008) and the Swedish Artemis (2007).

The 2010 TP52 World Championship will take place from 5th to 9th of October in Valencia and is organised by World Sailing Management, Valencia Town Hall, Consorcio Valencia 2007, the Real Club Náutico de Valencia, the TP52 Class, the Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federación Valenciana de Vela.


Cristobal Grau, Sport Councillor for Valencia Town Hall:

“We are all jointly responsible for hosting here in Valencia the TP52 World Championship and I must give special thanks to Nacho Postigo who has chosen the Valencian coastline and to everyone for the effort that has been put into making the event happen. All are aware of the position Valencia has built as a host venue for international sailing events, renowned all over the world. I invite you all to come and enjoy the show next week."

Jorge Gisbert, Director General of Consorcio Valencia 2007:
“We come to the close of a very busy season with the TP52 World Championships in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I that has also hosted the 33rd America’s Cup and an RC44 Circuit event."

Rafael Chirivella, Sport Coordinator for the Real Club Náutico de Valencia:
“We are really pleased to be able to collaborate with an event like the TP52 World Championship because it is being held in Valencia. Five years ago the TP52 Class was first launched in this Port where we first began 107 years ago on board the boat Maria Dariao just beneath the Edificio del Reloj.”

Nacho Postigo, director técnico de World Sailing Management:
“It is very special for many of the sailors to be able to return to Valencia and this is due to two particular reasons; firstly for the quality of the racing area and secondly for the special welcome we all received from the host institutions. Valencia Town Hall, the Consorcio Valencia 2007 and Marina Real Juan Carlos I, the RCN of Valencia and out official sponsors who have made it possible for the TP52 World Championships to take place in Valencia.”

Nacho Braquehais, Valencian sailor racing on Cristabella:
“This is a truly competitive championships and it is going to be a fight to get even the slighest edge. This is a spectacular and dynamic class and the fact that we sail close to the Malvarossa and Patacona beaches will give spectators a show. It is no coincidence that the sailors and owners come here, together with the institutions they will be able to sail on what is familiar waters for many.”

Provisional Entry List:

- Weapon of Choice (GBR)
- Cristabella (GBR)
- Synergy (RUS)
- Artemis (SWE)
- Bigamist (POR)
- Pace (GBR)
- Quantum Racing (USA)
- Matador (ARG)
- Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER)

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