From 5 to 9 October Valencia will host the 2010 TP52 World Championship. The regatta fleet will be based from the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and will compete in up to 10 races, including a Coastal Race. The organisers expect around 10 teams to fight for the world champions title.
The 2010 edition of the TP52 World Championship will be held off Valencia from Tuesday October 5 to Saturday October 9. This was confirmed today by World Sailing Management, organizer of the event along with the City of Valencia, Consorcio Valencia 2007 and the Real Club Náutico de Valencia, with the support of the TP52 Class, the Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) and the Valencian Sailing Federation (FVV).
The base for the 2010 TP52 Worlds will be the Marina Real Juan Carlos I at the heart of the port of Valencia, and the competing TP52 fleet will be docked in front of the iconic Veles e Vents building.
The competition program will consist of a maximum of ten races, including up to nine windward/leewards and one Coastal Race of between 20 and 30 miles scheduled for Thursday, October 7. The Coastal Race will have a coefficient of 1.25.
A maximum of three races are scheduled for each windward-leeward day and the Championship becomes valid after minimum of three races have been sailed. The programme starts on the Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of October for measurement, inspection and registration.
The social programme of the 2010 TP52 World Championship will include a welcome cocktail on Tuesday 5th October, a team dinner on October the 7th, the TP52 Class annual meeting on Friday 8th October and the final prizegiving at 1800h on Saturday October 9th.
The 2009 TP52 World Championship was held in Palma de Mallorca in October last year, involving 10 teams from nine countries and the winner was Alberto Roemmers’ Matador (ARG).
Nacho Postigo, Technical Director of World Sailing Management:
"Even after two previous editions in Spanish waters, the TP52 Class wanted to organize the 2010 Worlds outside of Spain, but the desires of the city of Valencia to hold the event was too strong an appeal. The sailors who compete in the TP52 Class are among the best in the world, and many have lived in Valencia at least two years of their lives during the 32nd America's Cup, so for the final decision was carried by both the great sailing conditions of Valencia and the desire of the sailors for a ‘homecoming to Valencia."
Jorge Gisbert, General Director Consorcio Valencia 2007:
“We want to promote the destination of Valencia for top-level international events through the Consorcio 2007. We are therefore very pleased to be hosting the TP52 World Championship, one of the most prestigious classes in the world of high-level competitive sailing. We have already proven our organisational capacity in Valencia over the past two editions of the America's Cup and we would like that the good profile the city has projected continue to remain a focus for the aficionados and professionals the world over. The Consorcio Valencia 2007 thank the Ayuntamiento de Valencia (town hall), the Real Club Náutico de Valencia and the Spanish and Valencian sailing federations for their support in this project and would like to thank World Sailing Management and the TP52 Class for choosing Valencia as host city for the 2010 TP52 World Championship.”
Manuel Pons, president of the Real Club Náutico de Valencia:
"We are delighted be able to contirbute to holding the championship of one of the most outstanding professional world sailing classes here in Valencia Without any doubt, this event will have very positive effects for both the development of high-level water sports in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and the city of Valencia in general. At the Real Club Náutico de Valencia, we feel honoured and proud to serve the city, the City Hall and other institutions to ensure that Valencia will become home for the sailing competitions of the highest level. "