After five days of intense racing, the British boat Ngoni, owned by Tony Buckingham was crowned 2014 Soto 40 International Class champion, after achieving a second place in the last race in Valencia.
After ten races, the British boat finished top of the leaderboard with just 27 points. Noticia IV - Burriana Nova, property of Luis Martín Cabiedes finished second position seven points behind, followed by Pedro Mendonça's Bigamist.
The last and decisive race started with 11 knots, the Chilean boat Santander made a great start and was the first to cross the finish line, achieving its first victory of the championship after a week in which the South American crew showed that they are good and they can get used to Valencia's racing conditions. Ngoni finished in second position, while Glen Ellen XXII overcame Earlybird in the last part of the race, proving that the boats are truly evenly matched.
John Kostecki, tactician of the winning boat, said, "It's nice to win a world championship! Today it was a good race for us, the guys and the boats did a nice job all week and it's nice to win. The hardest part is getting good results consistently.
"It was a tricky good fleet, everybody is very good in this fleet so probably the most difficult part was getting consistent and good starts at the start line. The race area was excellent, it's a very nice race course. I'm familiar with it from America's Cup sailing and so is a lot of our crew, so it was fun to be back on that course and it was great sailing."
The Portuguese José Caldeira on Uon won the Owner Driver trophy, "We feel great, we achieved our goals. There are two groups, the first four and the last four; we were struggling among the first ones. And I can say that the ones ahead are really good. It's been a good week, optimal from a sailing point of view and a very good one from our boat's point of view."
Caldeira, the new President of the European Soto 40 Association continued, "Now we have to push the fleet, our main objective is to find two more boats so we can have ten boats in Europe. Then we'd like to show the boat to the ORC and IRC fleet in order to add more people to the Class. We'll also evaluate the possibility of going to the Worlds that will be held in Brazil next year as well as promote more exchange between the European and South American fleet".
We'd like to give our thanks to the Ayuntamiento de Valencia that helped us through the Fundación Deportiva Municipal, as well as the Real Club Náutico de Valencia and the Marina Real Juan Carlos I. We also appreciate the collaboration of Bodegas Enguera and Cerveza Altura de Vuelo.