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Marina Vela Barcelona to host the 2022 Youth Foiling Gold Cup Grand Final

by 69F Sailing 6 Aug 13:46 BST 3-6 November 2022
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Barcelona will be the venue of the 2022 Youth Foiling Gold Cup Grand Final from November 3rd to the 6th, and it will welcome the event for the next three years, in cooperation with Marina Vela Barcelona and Club Nàutic Villasar de Mar.

The Youth Foiling Gold Cup, is one of the 69F circuits, the one reserved to the Under 25 sailors. Every year it ends with a Grand Final, to which the best two teams of each event are invited. With four Acts in 2022, the teams attending the Grand Final will be eight, and we are only left to know the last two to join after the upcoming mid-August event in Torbole, lake Garda.

The Grand Final will be a four-day of fierce competition on the same waters that will host the 37th America's Cup in 2024, and after all, isn't the Persico 69F just a shorter version of the AC75? A foiling team monohull, one design, full carbon and 6,90 meter long, this is the Persico 69F. A boat that combines high-performance sailing in total safety and for everybody, from the very young and reckless sailors to the first time-foiler owner driver, its stability and easiness to use is a pleasant surprise to the public. Team 69F designed two different circuits for the different audience to which the boat is intended to, and the Youth Foiling Gold Cup has special conditions. It is open to under 25 sailors only and teams who don't own a Persico 69F can charter one with the Pay-Per-Play solution, with a really affordable budget. It's been a great success since the start, with events both in Europe and USA constantly fully booked and an ever-growing competition level on the water.

The YFGC Grand Final will take place from November 3rd to the 6th, and the prestigious partners of 69F for the most important event of the year are Marina Vela and Club Nàutic Villasar de Mar.

Marina Vela Barcelona has become a reference area in Barcelona. This ambitious Marina has always had as its main objective to revitalise the environment of the northern exit of the Port of Barcelona, offering, on the one hand, the best nautical facilities and exclusive services for the vessels that establish their base in the Marina. And on the other hand, a unique area where leading companies in the nautical sector have settled, major nautical events are held, and a wide gastronomic proposal is offered by the sea.

Alberto Garcia, director of Marina Vela: "We are happy to host the 69F YFGC Grand Final as it perfectly matches our objectives. At Marina Vela Barcelona we are undoubtedly committed to high performance sailing as an activity that is increasingly more sustainable socially, economically, and environmentally. Sailing and support for the development of increasingly efficient engines powered by renewable energy is in our DNA. In this sense, it should be noted that at Marina Vela we are working to be the first Marina Deportiva in Barcelona with a 100% charger for electrical boats.

We are a young company that increasingly has more and better nautical events, favored by the ease that Marina Vela's position provides for access to the open sea, as well as by the quality of the services provided by the nautical companies that have decided to locate their headquarters in our Marina, betting firmly on this project".

The Club Nàutic Vilassar de Mar, founded in 1957, is today one of the most important sailing clubs in Spain. With more than 2000 active members, it has several fleets of sailors, youth and masters in different dinghies, with sailors who wish to be part of the Olympic Games or in the America's Cup 40 Spanish teams that will take part in the 37th edition in Barcelona in 2024. World, European and national championships have been organized in its waters, as well as the first pre-Olympic week of Barcelona '92.

Currently, Club Nàutic Vilassar de Mar is working to have two teams (Youth and Women) in the AC40 and as preparation of the teams, it is proud to work with Marina Vela and 69F at the 69F YFGC Grand Final, where the eight best youth teams of the world will race. In every boat there are up to four crew members, one of which must be a girl, and everyone must be under 25 year old. This rule in number of crew and age is similar to the requirements of the America's Cup 40. The eight best crews that have conquered their place in the American and European circuit, will participate in the regattas in the same area of the America's Cup in front of the Hotel W. It will be the first of the trophies to be held in the waters of Barcelona as a preamble to the great event of the 37th America's Cup.

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