The Gran Canaria SSL Gold Cup confirms its countries in the round of 32


The Gran Canaria SSL Gold Cup, a test that takes place until December 3 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a kind of football World Cup in the world of sailing, confirmed this Monday to Tahiti, Portugal, Malaysia, Lithuania, Slovenia, South Africa, Estonia, Bermuda, Chile and Antigua & Barbuda.

With wind conditions of about nine knots on average on the race course, the Committee was able to complete the planned test program, including the one that was not carried out this Sunday due to lack of wind, to decide the countries that would advance to the sixteenths of final.

In group 1, Tahiti dominated again and Teva Plichart’s team added another victory to advance with full victories to the next round ahead of Slovenia, which also reached the round of 32 with authority.

For its part, Chile, until this Monday dominating group 2, did not have a good day and signed a third and fourth place that made it fall to third place, surpassed by Estonia and Portugal, which added a victory and a second place. each. The third position, however, does not eliminate the Chileans since they passed as one of the two best third parties after the absence of Israel and Bahrain, which were directly classified in the second phase of the competition.

The evenly matched group 3 began the day with a three-way tie in the lead between Antigua & Barbuda, Ukraine and Malaysia and with the Bermuda team in fourth position, just two points away. The final ‘battle’, with the Ukrainians ruled out due to a breakage in their boat, went to the Malaysian and Bermudian teams, with Antigua & Barbuda passing as the other best third.

Finally, group 4, as happened in the first three days, featured an exciting head-to-head between Lithuania and South Africa, who repeated it once again to advance in this order to the round of 32 of this Gran Canaria SSL Gold Cup.

These ten teams that made it through this group round join Austria, Finland, Hungary, Croatia, Canada and Japan, the six new ones that will make their debut starting next Thursday, when action returns to the regatta course.