Marina Vela Barcelona is hosting the 2022 Youth Foiling Gold Cup Grand Final
by 69F Sailing Aug 6 5:46 AM PDT
3rd-6th November 2022
Youth Foiling Gold Cup © Thomas Lefebvre
Barcelona will host the Youth Foiling Gold Cup Grand Final 2022 from November 3rd to 6th and will host the event for the next three years in partnership with Marina Vela Barcelona and Club Nàutic Villasar de Mar.
The Youth Foiling Gold Cup is one of the 69F circuits reserved for U25 sailors. Each year it ends with a grand finale to which the top two teams from each event are invited. With four acts in 2022, eight teams will take part in the Grand Final and we only know which last two will compete after the upcoming event in mid-August in Torbole on Lake Garda.
The Grand Final will be four days of tough 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 monohull from the Foiling team, a design, full carbon and 6.90 meters long, this is the Persico 69F. A boat that combines high performance sailing with total safety and for everyone from the very young and reckless sailors to the first time foiler owner, its stability and ease of use is a pleasant surprise for the public. Team 69F has designed two different courses for the different audiences the boat is intended for and the Youth Foiling Gold Cup has special conditions. It is only open to sailors under the age of 25 and teams who do not own a Persico 69F can charter one at a truly affordable budget using the Pay Per Play solution. It’s been a huge success from the start, with consistently booked out events in Europe and the US and an ever increasing level of competition on the water.
The YFGC Grand Final takes place from November 3rd to 6th and 69F’s prestigious partners 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 the main objective of revitalizing the area around the northern exit of the port of Barcelona, offering on the one hand the best nautical facilities and exclusive services for the ships that dock at the marina. And on the other hand, a unique territory where leading companies in the nautical sector have settled, large nautical events are held and a wide gastronomic offer by the sea is offered.
Marina Vela Director Alberto Garcia: “We are delighted to host the 69F YFGC Grand Final as it fits perfectly with our goals. Sailing and supporting the development of increasingly efficient engines that run on renewable energy is in our DNA.In this sense, it should be noted that at Marina Vela we are working to become the first Marina Deportiva in Barcelona with a 100% To be charger for electric boats.
We are a young company that organizes more and better nautical events, favored by the ease that the location of Marina Vela offers for access to the open sea, as well as the quality of the services provided by the nautical companies that have chosen to host them to locate headquarters in our marina and put our faith in this project”.
Founded in 1957, Club Nàutic Vilassar de Mar is now one of the most important sailing clubs in Spain. With more than 2000 active members, it has several fleets of sailors, juniors and masters in various dinghies, with sailors wanting to compete in the Olympic Games or 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 a preparation of the teams, it is proud to collaborate with Marina Vela and 69F in the 69F YFGC Grand Final, where the eight best youth teams of the world will race. Each boat has up to four crew members, one of whom must be a girl, and all must be under 25 years old. This number of crews and age arrangement is similar to the America’s Cup 40 requirements. The top eight crews who have earned their place on the American and European circuits will compete at the front of the regattas in the same America’s Cup district of the Hotel W. Es will be the first of the trophies to be played in the waters of Barcelona as a prelude to the grand event of the 37th America’s Cup.