Mateo and Simón Codoñer and Qicorras Urios and Filippo Benetti, gold and silver in the Zhik 29er World Cup

Spain shines in the Zhik 29er 2021 World Cup that closes today at the RCN in Valencia, after six days of competition, since last Thursday 26, in which 193 sailors from 24 countries have gathered. Spain achieved 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze, with two clubs as the main protagonists: RCN Valencia and RNC Gran Canaria standing at the top of the podium.

A last day full of emotion, given the tightness of the provisional general with small differences between those who played the metal, in the case of Quicorras Urios and Filippo Benetti (RCN Valencia) who yesterday were off the podium and today they hang the silver.

Simón and Mateo Codoñer (RCN Valencia) have shone with their own light in this World Cup that they have just won, they do it twice since they add the title in the SUB17 category to the Absolute. The Codoñer brothers, current champions of Spain, have known how to defend with head and serenity the minimal advantage with which they faced this last day. It was enough for them to ensure, but without risking at the start or getting into any battle and with partial runs of 4-5 they have more than enough to be world champions with 53 points.

Silver for the Urios and Benetti (2-7) who finish with 61 points in their locker. The bronze in Absolute has been for the Danes Jens-Christian and Jens-Philip Dehn-Toftehoj, with 65 points. As for the women, the French Chloé Revil and Nell Castilla won the gold medal, followed by the Danish Rebekka Johannesen and Slije Cerup-Simonsen, while the bronze medal traveled to Las Palmas led by Paula and Isabel Laiseca (RCN Gran Canary).

Regarding the U17 category, accompanied on the podium by the Codoñer brothers, world champions, they are joined by the French Hugo Revil and Karl Devaux, silver, and the Germans Carl Krause and Max Georgi, bronze. In women, gold for Spain, with Martina Lodos and Martina Díaz-Salguero (RCN Gran Canaria). The silver and the bronze went to the French Caroline Pennetier and Fleur Babin and the Slovenians Alja Petric and Katja Filipic respectively.

The top ten of the Zhilk 29er 2021 World Cup closes with the Codoñer brothers, followed by Quicorras Urios and Filippo Benetti; Jens-Christian and Jens-Philip Dehn-Toftehoj (Denmark); Ian and Noah Nyenhuis (USA); Hugo Revil and Karl Devaux (France); Claudia Quaranta and Carlo Vittoli (Italy); Simon Karmelo and Lasse Lindell (Finland), Anton Schmid and Peter Joslin (USA); Keo Devaux Enael Rio (France) and completing the podium with the Spanish tandem Álvaro Alonso and Guillermo Castellano (RCN Gran Canaria).

Spain, as a country, has been awarded the Nations Cup title, which recognizes the results at the global level of all national representatives who have participated in the World Cup.

The award ceremony was attended by Pilar Bernabé, Councilor for Sports at the Valencia City Council; Miguel Aragón, from the Government Sub-delegation; Alfredo Cordón, Naval Commander of Valencia and Castellón; Joan Mollerus, president of the 29er international class and Alejandro Fliquete, president of RCN Valencia, among other personalities.


Mateo and Simón Codoñer
We have made many friends, many foreign people and let's see if in the future we will meet again. As we have won at home, they have made us a pretty cool celebration, they have put us on the boats and it could not be the truth more welcoming. We are very lucky to be brothers, and in the end we support each other a lot, in good times and in bad times, and sports, sailing, the 29er, well, the truth is that it helps us free ourselves, so to speak, from studies and the hours we work outside of school. Being brothers we get along much better, everything we decide, we both think the same, and it helps us a lot because since we are from the same family, our parents support us a lot and I think it's the best thing we've done.

Our father fished when he was little and he always liked the sea and he told us one day of sailing, when we were 7 years old and we liked it so much that now we are here. We did not know what a rudder was and now we are world champions.