The winners of the Swan One Design Worlds in Valencia

A gripping last day on the water saw Swan One Design Worlds, hosted by Real Club Náutico de Valencia, end with elements of great action, excitement and spectacle.

But as one of the contestants said, referring to the Hollywood saying, without these elements there is never a good ending.

Lighter winds welcomed the world championship challengers in ClubSwan 36, ClubSwan 42 and ClubSwan 50 fleets as they set out for the two decisive races.

ClubSwan 50: Cuordileone retains the clarity to seal the win

The Cuordileone team, led by Leonardo Ferragamo, arrived on the final day with only one point ahead of some tough rivals, so they could have succumbed to the nervousness. But that was not the case.

In the first race he opened the waters for the tenacious challenger Earlybird from Hendirk Brandis, and a third place finish in the second and final race sealed the victory in the ClubSwan 50 class.

Leonardo Ferragamo, clearly happy, said: “Being a world champion is very exciting. We fought hard until the last minute. That’s why one – design races are so incredible, with both so close to the end. This is my first world championship and I am very happy “.

Federico Michetti, ClubSwan Racing Head of Sports Activities, added: “It’s an incredible feeling to be world champion. It’s been an extraordinary week with fantastic sailing conditions, and to end up winning the world championship is something completely unique.

“I am very proud of the team and Cuordileone has shown his strength. I am very tired but very happy,” Michetti added.

Louis Balcaen’s Balthasar produced an identical 3-1 score and managed to get within a point of Earlybird’s second place in the battle for the podium.

The team of the reigning world champion Marcus Brennecke on Hatari took two second places but failed to close the gap and finished the world championship with a fourth place.

ClubSwan 36: The unexpected result lets Mamao do everything

In the ClubSwan 36 fleet, a penultimate race won by Lorenzo Mondo’s Farstar, and an equally excellent seventh place finish by class leader Mamao, the top four boats entered their final race only separated by one point with Farstar on pole.

But in a situation apparently designed to show her resilience, Haakon Lorentzen’s Brazilian-flagged Mamao returned to take only his second victory of the race, finishing 33 points, a draw with Farstar.

A happy Lorentzen said: “Yes, we are world champions, for the first time in my life! It’s great. I wanted to win it, but it’s a difficult class and we had to win in the last race … we did it and it’s incredible.

“The wind and conditions were amazing, we loved it and now we will love it forever! We can’t wait for the next event to come.”

Tactician Ross MacDonald added: “The first test was difficult for us and we were probably a little too careful and in the end we ran too many turns and ended up in seventh place, so this gave us some excitement for the last race – but as it is said in Hollywood, without the excitement and the action, there is never a good ending. “

Cuordileone led by Edoardo Ferragamo captured the final podium with Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio’s G-Spot.

ClubSwan 42: Local fans can rejoice in Nadir’s clear victory

After working hard on the last day to confirm his leading position, Pedro Vaquers Nadir held on well, scoring 1-2 to take the ClubSwan 42 class with a full 12 points, giving Spanish fans much to rejoice over .

Vaquer said: “We are very happy. We had prepared for the world championships, we had trained and everything worked out very well for us, although the numbers may not show how close we were all to the racetrack!”

And he added: “The conditions were fantastic and Valencia was a great place to run.”

Massimo De Campos Selene-Alifax secured second place, while another boat representing Spain at the regatta, Jose Maria Meseguers Pez De Abril, scored 2-3 to get on the podium and replaced Pits Dralion Finis, who had started the last day with a clear third place. place.

In the top-ranked nation’s rankings at Swan One Design Worlds, Italy and Germany lead the rankings with 28 points each, thanks to the heroism of Cuordileone and Drifter Sail and Earlybird and Hatari for their respective countries. Nadir and ClubSwan 42 Pez de Abril helped Spain to third place.

At the end of the regattas, Real Club Náutico de Valencia hosted the final award ceremony of Swan One Design Worlds.

Real Club Náutico de Valencia President Marisa Arlandis said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the ClubSwan Racing fleet and I hope everyone appreciated the exceptional conditions Valencia and the facilities our club offers.

“This regatta puts Valencia on the map, the fantastic racetrack we have here, the club and the city itself as a venue for world-class sporting events. We want to be one of the venues for the ClubSwan Racing circuit in the future as well.”

In addition to the well-deserved daily trophies and the World Cup trophy, the participants in the ceremony could also thank the leaders of the exclusive owners’ dinner on Friday night, which was held with a view of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – The City of Arts and Sciences – which presented an exciting sunset and an inspired menu of Valencian gastronomic dishes.

The select group of ClubSwan Racing partners were also thanked, namely Rolex, Official Time Keeper, BMW, who supplied courtesy cars with electric vehicles; the exclusive clothing brand Sease; Randstad and Banor.

The supporting partners for ClubSwan Racing are Gottifredi Maffioli, North Sails, Garmin Marine and Quantum Sails, not to mention Ferrari Trento, the official sparkling wine partner who delighted the guests with its wines during all social events.

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