By Chris King • 04 July 2021 • 2:32
Cadiz to host the prestigious SailGP in October.
image: junta de andalucia
CADIZ will host SailGP in October, the most famous catamaran competition in the world
Juan Marín, the vice president of the Junta de Andalucia, and Minister of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice, and Local Administration, on Friday 2, was in Sevilla to participate in proudly presenting the Spanish Andalusia-Cádiz Grand Prix of SailGP, which will take place in Cadiz this October, with Spain currently leading the SailGP world rankings.
This is the most famous catamaran competition in the world of sailing, with Cadiz to host it, and will attract some of the top nautical athletes in the world to Cadiz, including Olympians, winners of the America’s Cup, and the Volvo Ocean Race.
The presentation was held in front of the Nao Victoria – after which the Spanish SailGP team, F50 Victoria, is named – with Mr Marin accompanied by José María González, the mayor of Cadiz; Irene García, the president of the Cádiz Provincial Council; Teófila García, the president of the Bay of Cádiz Port Authority; and Francisco Coro, the vice president of the Spanish Sailing Federation and president of the Andalucian Sailing Federation.
Also in attendance were, Eugenio Díaz del Río, the Admiral of the Fleet (AFLOT), representing the Commission of the V Centennial of the First Round the World; Russell Coutts the CEO of SailGP; and María del Mar de Ros, the CEO of the Spanish SailGP Team.
Marin described SailGP as “a unique competition in the world that we were very excited to achieve”, with Andalucia having competed with the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Valencia, and Catalonia, for the prestige of holding the event, adding, “we have managed to get the Spanish team to stay in Puerto Sherry for two years to continue training, which will also allow us to continue enjoying these catamarans that are unique in the world”.
The vice president of the Board highlighted the importance of hosting this competition for the dissemination of Andalucian tourism saying, “There are many high-level events that we have shown that can be done in Andalucia, such as the Motorcycle World Championship, Valderrama, the Solheim Cup and now this gift for October with which we commemorate the circumnavigation of Magellan and Elcano that started from Andalucia”.
“500 years later, Andalucia, with navigation is once again the protagonist, and that gives us an international projection that for Andalucian tourism is essential at a time like this, taking into account that tourism is recovering, that today one in three reservations in Spain is destined for Andalucia, and what this competition does is reinforce it”, he added, as reported by juntadeandalucia.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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