Gran Canaria begins the countdown to host the SSL Gold, the first Sailing World Cup by nations


Gran Canaria has already started the countdown to host the SSL Gold Cup, a competition that will put the intercontinental sailing title by nations into play for the first time and that will do so with an innovative format similar to that of the World Cup of soccer with national teams. from 40 countries, including Spain, led by Luis Doreste.

The double Olympic medalist is the captain of the Spanish team and will have among his ranks Roberto Bermúdez de Castro, Silvia Mas, Nico Rodríguez, Elías Aretz, Javi Plaza, Pedro Mas, Nano Negrín, Alex Muscat, Alfredo González and Pau Schilt, with the that will try to win an SSL Gold Cup that will be held between November 10 and December 3 with the participants sailing in fleet in groups of four off the coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and using all the SSL47 one-designs, 47 feet long. length and an exclusive golden hull.

The president of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, stressed during the presentation of the event this Tuesday that the weather and sea conditions that make Gran Canaria “a world reference” for sports practice, while the Deputy Minister of Sports of the Government of Canary Islands, Ángel Sabroso, recalled that sailing is the sport that gives the islands “the largest number of athletes of international relevance” and that he asked Luis Doreste for “the gold.”

The mayor of Las Palmas, Carolina Darias, did not hide that they have “one of the best regatta fields in the world” and Michel Niklaus, director of the SSL Gold Cup, made it clear that in sailing they have “events such as the Copa América , so expensive, and regattas”, but not with “an equivalent to the World Cup”.

For his part, Luis Doreste stressed that the Spanish team, which will go to the quarterfinals directly along with the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. New Zealand, Australia and Italy will try to “achieve the best result” and to do so they have sought a crew capable of “adapting quickly” to the boat with which all the teams will compete.