Cádiz will dress up next week to host the best sailors in the world for the celebration of the Spain Grand Prix | Andalusia – Cádiz, which will be held on the weekend of October 9 and 10. And, a total of 12 Copa América winners and seven Olympic medalists will be present at SailGP, the fastest flying catamaran competition in the world.
Among the arsenal of first swords that will compete in Cádiz, the presence of the British Ben Ainslie stands out, one of the most successful sailors in the history of the Olympic Games, having won five consecutive medals in the Olympic Games since 1996, including four golds. Jimmy Spithill, winner of two Americas Cups and two-time world champion, leads the United States team, which currently occupies second place in the provisional SailGP overall rankings just two points behind the Japanese. Peter Burling, two-time 29er world champion and America’s Cup winner, leads the New Zealand team, full of big names in sailing such as Blair Tuke, Andy Maloney and Josh Junior. Tom Slingsby, winner of the Copa América in 2013, will lead the Australian team in Cádiz, which is precisely the one with the most Copa Américas winners, five in total. The Aussie lineup, in fact, has relevant names in sailing such as Kyle Langford or Jason Waterhouse.
The Spanish SailGP team is not far behind in terms of the level of its crew. The roosters stand out, in addition to their competitiveness and quality, for being the youngest and most Olympic among the participants.
Specifically, there are two Olympic bronzes in Tokyo – Jordi Xammar and Joan Cardona -, and three Olympic diplomas – Diego Botin, Florian Trittel and Tara Pacheco -. In addition, in Cádiz Phil Robertson, current F50 Victoria pilot, Mateu Barber, Joel Rodríguez and Andrea Emone will also be present. All of them led by Xabi Fernández, who got a gold in Athens 2004 and a silver in Beijing 2008 in 49er, as coach.
This year’s Tokyo Olympics was fruitful for other teams beyond Spain. Great Britain added a gold in 470 with Hannah Mills and a silver in Nacra 17 with Anna Burnet. New Zealand got two silvers at 49er with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. Anne-Marie Rindom, from the Denmark SailGP Team, in Laser Radial.
Coming from the eight nations participating in SailGP – Australia, Spain, USA, France, Denmark, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand – the sailors will compete to prevail in the sixth round of the second season, which will also be the last on the European continent, before the teams travel in December to face the Australia Sail Grand Prix.