Sailing in Valencia | The 69F “Flying Boats” start their European season at Valencia Mar

The “flying boats” return to Valencia. After the success of the last edition, Valencia Mar hosts once again the start of the 69F European Regatta season. From April 25th to 30th, the world’s best sailors in this discipline will meet at Valencia Mare Sailing Week. Valencia is the first of six tests to be held in Europe, among them Portorož (Slovenia) and Sardinia (Italy).

After competing through the winter in American waters, the competition comes to Europe with 8 teams that will battle to win the coveted Champion’s Cup. Boats from Switzerland, Italy, the UK, France, Australia and more will meet in Valencia. This year, the regatta will have a new competition format, focusing on speed and adrenaline in one week.

The 69F Cup’s racing characteristics, as well as the boat itself, make the competition a unique sporting event. It is a state-of-the-art boat that flies over the sea thanks to its soaring boats, achieving breakneck speeds and breathtaking regattas. The design of the boat is practically identical to that of the current Copa América but on a smaller scale.

The shape, made up of the original ‘flying boats’, represents a revolution in the world of international sailing: they are able to sail on water at twice the wind speed thanks to hydrofoils, which allow them to reach speeds of up to 35 knots. .

With this competition, the private marina brings high-level sailing competition back to Valencia. “The shape of the 69F is exciting. They are very attractive regattas and regattas because of their fantastic nature and speed. We are very proud to bring back the high-level sailing competition to Valencia,” says Gustavo Benavente, Director of Valencia Mar.

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The organization will have boats to enjoy 4 hours of pure spectacle the weekend of April 29th and 30th. In addition, this year Silvia Sikori appeared as President of 69F. Multiple Italian 49er FX medalist and multi-year ISAF Sailing World Cup winner, she represented Italy at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Nacra17 with Vittorio Pesaro.

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