Qualifying continues for the SSL Gold Cup >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The road to determining the best sailing nation continues for the 32 lowest-ranked teams, ten of which have already clinched their ticket to the SSL Gold Cup finals. Competing for one of the 16 places available for the teams ranked from the Top 25 to the Top 56, the qualifications for Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and Oman will take place from June 30 to July 2 on Lake Neuchâtel in Grandson, in Swiss.
With races in equally paired SSL47s (a modified RC44), the top two advance in this group. Here are their bios:
SSL Team Cuba; Captain: Nélido Manso Lopez
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba has a long tradition of dinghy sailing since 1886. The team is characterized by its discipline and collective work, but with very little experience in the practice of cruising sailing.
Their desire to win means that a small group of experienced sailors with the strength of young sailors, members of the Olympic classes, known and respected among themselves, have only one objective: to demonstrate in the SSL Gold Cup the temperament and capacity of sailors from the largest island in the Caribbean.
The strengths of the team are unity and discipline, led by a captain with high sports preparation and excellent results in the Snipe class, able to navigate in different hydrometeorological conditions with high psychological resistance, to coordinate any the team and demonstrate in the SSL Gold Cup the temperament and ability of sailors from the largest island in the Caribbean.
Squad: Luis Mario Suarez Manso, Pedro José Vega Acosta, Alejandro de la Guardia Llanso, Pedro Enrique Hernandez Cabrera, Sanlay Castro de la Cruz, Vicente de la Guardia Llanso, Rene Torrecilla Abreus, Oscar Perez Rosales, Darien Martinez Pimentel, Dennier Infante Pupo .
the SSL Guatemala team; Captain: Juan Ignacio Maegli
From the beginning, sailing in Guatemala has been characterized by being a family sport and a passion passed down from generation to generation. The sport began around 1920 by immigrant families from Europe who brought their passion for sailing to Guatemala.
After only a few decades of nautical tradition, Guatemala has a solid track record in regional and Olympic level dinghy sailing. Following a strong result at the 2015 Pan American Games, where Guatemala won 2 gold medals and finished second in the medal standings, our sailors achieved strong results at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2018, winning 4 medals in total (3 gold and one bronze) to become the first nation at the regional level.
Despite its short history of competitive sailing, our sailors have participated in or qualified for 10 Olympic games and won over 20 medals at regional events such as the Central American and Pan American games. These regional games are important to our sailors, the sailing federation, the Olympic Committee and sailing/sports fans in Guatemala.
With an already strong presence among sailing nations, their sailors will continue to push hard, gain experience and use the SSL platform to grow as a sailing nation. This team will continue to exceed expectations with a great mix of established dinghy sailors and up-and-coming young sailors!
Squad: Katya Castellanos, Juan Carlos Canizalez, Matias Rosenberg, Xavier Castillo, Mario Samperio, Enrique Arathoon, Juan Fernando Zibara, Juan Ignacio Maegli, Jason Hess, Guillermo Sanchez, Juan Jose Delgado, Erikson Perez, Isabella Maegli
Mexico SSL team; Captain: Yanic Gentry
In honor of the late Eric Mergenthaler, Finnish World Champion, the Mexican team is entering the SSL Gold Cup as Las Catrinas. A new team led by Olympic sailor Laser Yanic Gentry, followed by top Mexican sailing talent, and competing in the SSL Gold Cup to show their worth on the international stage. Yanic became the bridge between Mexican veterans and emerging talent, all joining under the same motivation, showing the world the potential of Mexico.
Being the first nation to win the race around the world, Team Mexico is definitely a team not to be underestimated. Over the past few years, Mexico has shown the world a taste of its potential, winning a J/70 World Championship, having a team in the Extreme Sailing Series and a possible participation in the next Ocean Race. just a glimpse of what’s to come.
Squad: Francisco Cabildo, Juan Varela, Ander Gentry, Diego Reyes, Agustín Tapia, Juan Luis Medina, Eduardo Oetling, Fernando Pérez, Erik Brockmann, Ander Belausteguigoitia, Yanic Gentry, Gerrit Gentry
Oman SSL Team; Captain: Nasser Al Mashari
Team Oman may be new to SSL, but the affinity for the sea runs deep in its history and, with a wealth of experience at their disposal, the talented team is driven by a passion for the ocean and the dreams of winning for the country.
Through the ages, traders and explorers have paved the way for today’s generation of intrepid seafarers to follow, and the Omani flag has been hoisted high around the world. Building on this success and with an all-Omani crew, themselves Olympic hopefuls, coaches and experienced champions in all classes at the highest level, Team Oman is ready to take on a new challenge and face the best sailors in the world. .
The Lions of the Sea are looking forward to getting into the SSL and will bring an authentic taste of Arabia to the tournament, on and off the water.
Squad: Nasser Al Mashari, Hussain Al Jabri, Raad Al Hadi, Yasser Al Rahbi, Ahmed Al Balushi, Ahmed Al Hasani, Waleed Al Kindi, Abdulrahman Al Mashari, Musab Al Hadi, Zakariya Al Wahhbi, Haihtam Al Wahibi
Teams qualifying for SSL Gold 2022 Final Series (10 out of 16):
QS Round 1 – Fleet 1: Antigua, Tahiti
QS Round 1 – Fleet 2: Estonia, Ireland
QS Round 2: Slovenia, Lithuania
QS Round 3 – Fleet 1: Portugal, Czech Republic
QS Round 3 – Fleet 2: Peru, Chile
Pre-qualified teams for the 2022 SSL Gold Final Series (24):
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States
The 2022 SSL Gold Cup welcomes the top 56 sailing nations, selected with an exclusive ranking system, to compete in tied SSL47s (a modified RC44) with 11 sailors in a team to determine the top sailing nation.
From May 19, all the teams ranked from the Top 25 to the Top 56 (32 teams) in the SSL Nations ranking of January 2022 find themselves in 8 groups of 4 teams each. There will be 5 stages of qualifying series from May 19 to July 17.
After 3 to 4 days of racing, only the two best teams in each group will advance to the Final Series which will take place from October 28 to November 20 to defend their national colors.
Ultimately, 40 teams will take part in the final, which includes the host country team, the 23 top-ranked nations and the 16 teams that qualified from the qualifying series.
The first SSL Gold Cup final will be held in Bahrain from October 28 to November 20, 2022.
Source: SSL Gold Cup