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Xabi Fernández will fill Florian Trittel’s position as Wing Trimmer at Plymouth


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The Spanish SailGP team, which currently leads the general classification, being the youngest team in the competition, will modify its crew for the United Kingdom Grand Prix, which is held next weekend of July 17 and 18 in Plymouth, on the southwest coast of England, famous for its rich maritime and nautical history. And it is that a total of five crew members of Spain SailGP Team will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games representing Spain: Jordi Xammar, Florian Trittel, Diego Botín, Joan Cardona and Tara Pacheco.

Of the five crew members who will be in Tokyo, two will make their debut at the Olympic event: Florian Trittel (wing trimmer), who will represent the country with the flying and mixed boat Nacra 17, and Joan Cardona (grinder), who qualified for the Finn class after being proclaimed runner-up in the world in the Finn Gold Cup. Jordi Xammar (co-skipper), who already participated in the Rio Olympics (2014) and won the 470 World Championship (2021 and 2019), is one of the crew with the greatest options to achieve a good result at the Tokyo Olympics. In the 49er class, which has been an Olympic event since 2000, Diego Botín (flight controller) will compete, along with his crew member Iago López, who also participated in the first Sydney event of the Spanish SailGP team. Tara Pacheco, selected for the SailGP Women’s Development Program “Women Pathway Program”, will sail in her third Olympics with her duo Florian Trittel. For his part, Phil Robertson will continue in the rod of the F50 Victoria.

Changes to the SailGP Spanish team

During the absence of the Spanish Olympians, the Spanish SailGP team will continue to fight to maintain the lead in this second season. For this, the team’s coach, Xabi Fernández, will be the wing trimmer of the F50 Victoria, replacing Florian Trittel. Meanwhile, the French Tanguy Cariou will be the one who trains the Spanish crew, while the North American Taylor Canfield will be in charge of taking the controls of the catamaran controlling the flight of the ship, instead of Diego Botin.

With this alignment, where there are two foreigners on the boat, the Spanish SailGP team has had to ask the Race Committee for an exception in the application of one of the most characteristic rules of SailGP, that of nationality. The cause is justified, the Tokyo Olympics this summer and the fact that the Spanish team is the most Olympic of the eight participants in SailGP.

Spain leads the circuit

Currently, the Spanish SailGP team is the first classified in the competition after finishing second in the Italian Grand Prix, held at the beginning of June in Taranto (Italy). The Spanish team reached the final of the event where it was only beaten by Japan. With two Grand Prix disputed, the Spanish team has 16 points in the general classification, one more than Great Britain and two more than the Japanese.

The Plymouth Grand Prix is ​​the third round on the championship calendar and it will be a great trial by fire for the Spanish team which, despite undergoing changes in its crew, will fight to maintain the lead.

After Plymouth, SailGP will head this August to Aarhus, Denmark (on 20 and 21), then to Saint-Tropez, France (11 and 12 September). The Spanish Grand Prix in Cádiz on October 9 and 10. It will then leave Europe for Sydney, Australia (December 17 and 18), Christchurch, New Zealand (January 29 and 30, 2022) and San Francisco, USA for the grand final (March 26 and 27, 2022). ).

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