Desafío, Team Origin, Alinghi and Luna Rossa train in Valencia for 2nd Desafío Trophy
ValenciaSailing.com are reporting that after more than a year of very little sailing activity – despite Alinghi’s and BMW Oracle’s multihull training sessions – visitors to the America’s Cup Village can finally witness AC yachts in training.
All four teams participating in the 2nd edition of the Desafío Trophy were out on the water yesterday – Desafío, Team Origin, Alinghi and Luna Rossa. Desafío carried out their tests on ESP-97 close to the Malvarosa beach while Team Origin, aboard ESP-88, went further out. Alinghi’s SUI-100 and Luna Rossa’s ITA-94 were still docked in front of the bases, ready for the maiden sail.
As for Spanish boat Desafío, the most important absence on board was Paul Cayard’s. The American sailor is not in Valencia, so Laureano Wizner – helmsman of the victorious GP42 yacht – was helming. Spotted were the usual familiar faces from this year’s GP42 and TP52 circuits, such as Santi López-Vázquez, John Cutler, Bruno Zirilli, Nacho Braquehais, Jorge Ondo, Carlo Castellano and Miguel Jaúregui.
As it is expected this time of the year, conditions were pretty light but at least it wasn’t raining.