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August 28, 2014
The 16th S.M. La Reina Trophy took place in early July in waters of the Bay of Valencia (European Championship 2014 ORC), one of the biggest sailing events in the Spanish calendar. It was the departure point for Fermax’s new nautical adventure, bouncing back into the top flight with a brand-new sailing boat. The NEO400, designed by Giovanni Ceccarelli and launched this year, has proven to be a true Formula 1 of the sea, attracting a lot of attention from sailors and shipowners as well as the specialist press.
Twelve metres in length, this boat’s revolutionary design makes it extraordinarily fast. The clearest demonstration occurred on a day when harsh weather led to two of the crew members being washed overboard. Despite this, even after performing the rescue manoeuvre with the consequent loss of time, the boat still managed to finish in third place among the 60 boats competing.
But whereas the design of the boat is its great advantage, it has also been its biggest drawback in this particular competition, as the innovations introduced and which point the way forward led to the ORC (international system defining the times of each boat in the race) penalising its times for the moment. Nevertheless, the final classification, far from discouraging the team and its sponsors, has left an excellent aftertaste. Fermax, a brand that has made innovation its own business style, knows that the prospects opening up with this model are impressive. And they will be competing again in the Mediterranean at the highest level, in 33rd Kings Cup regatta to be held in Mallorca from 2 to 9 August.
And while the boat is highly competitive, the professional racing team has also put on an excellent performance. The racing group is led by renowned sailor Paolo Semeraro and includes a crew of international prestige such as Italian trimmers Gaetano Figlia di Granara and Diego Battisti or Valencian tactician Juan Carlos Oliva.
But the bigger calibre competitors were not alone at this event, since the Fermax Platú 25 also took part in the Open B category and ended up champion. For the smaller boats, the Valencian firm is backing a young and promising crew made up of students from the Javea Yacht Club sailing school. This new generation comes under the command of Hector Vilanova, a Fermax Sailing Team crewmember for over 15 years and now responsible for transmitting everything learned over the years competing at the highest level to these up-and-coming young sailors.
In short, an exhilarating weekend in Valencian waters that points to a great sporting season ahead for Fermax.