Valencia – The first of the two back-to-back events of the 69F Cup – Valencia Mar Sailing Week, hosted by Valencia Mar, ended on Sunday 17th April. Great competition, adrenaline and fun in the water as well as on land among the 10 crews attending. The weather conditions allowed nine races, although most of them were concentrated on Saturday 16th, the local Valencia wind allowed everyone to fly on the water both downwind and upwind.
There has been an absolute domination of the Finnish team Fin1Racing, with Allan Norregaard, Janne Jarvinen and Iago Lopez, who won seven of the nine races, showing that the winter training sessions, mostly right in Valencia, has paid off.
“It’s really exciting to see that the level is so high – said Allan Norregaard – we’ve been training mostly on our own, so it was nice to finally measure ourselves against the others here and get back to racing. It was a very intense and close race, really fun! We are happy with our performance with Iago and Janne in the boat this week, we won! Next week Iago won’t be with us, we’re sorry, but it’s ok, we’re still learning, and even though we won this one we still feel like we’re improving.“
In second position finished Okalys Youth Project, a team from Geneva with Italian Federico Colaninno on board and in third position the French of Groupe Atlantic.
“It was a great event, especially on Saturday: a super day, windy, fun and difficult to manage. I hadn’t raced in this class since November, and I had almost forgot how good it is! We fought hard with the French and Finns, they trained this winter and it showed, we will do the same this season to be ready for the Youth Foiling Gold Cup final in December,” said Federico Colaninno. He continued, “we are happy with the second place in this event, the team is completely new, I joined the crew at the last minute and I’m pleased to see that we are improving every day, I’m sure we will do even better at the next Youth Foiling Gold Cup event“.
“It was our first race in 69F,” said Groupe Atlantic’s Valentin Sipan, “we have a lot to learn and a lot to discover, so it was crucial for us to see how others are doing and where we fit in with our preparation. There are very competitive teams, like the Finns and the Swiss, and we have a lot to learn from them. We need to improve and that’s why we’re here. We had a lot of fun on land and in the water, let’s see how next week goes, but I think beyond our result it will still be a fantastic event.“