Soto 40s slowly gaining strength

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Nacho Postigo on the demise of the MedCup and progress with the Soto 40, while new owner Alegre's Andres Soriano shares his view
Nacho Postigo, part of the organisational triumvirate behind the Audi MedCup, that came to such a sudden demise last autumn, is looking relaxed in Barcelona at the Trofeo Conde de Godo. Organising the ambitious MedCup, that represented the pinnacle of monohull inshore fleet racing, was taking its toll and placing undue pressure on him. Now it isn’t. “Audi has been great and the partnership through the years has been very positive and they do a lot for sailing,” confided Postigo, “but in my opinion they shouldn’t have been so ambitious and should have been more realistic, given what the times are. We proposed to them that realistically this year we could have six TP52s maybe seven, maybe five sometimes and 12 Soto 40s. We were prepared to go through the year with that fleet even if it was going to cost us money. But Audi said ‘no, we require a minimum of 10 TPs’ and they were inflexible. They said ‘either you give us 10 TP52s for sure or we will not accept it’ and in fact they proposed a contract with a penalty if there were only nine TPs and another if there was eight’. So we said ‘guys, we cannot accept this’.” These negotiations with the German car manufacturer last autumn came at a time when the Audi MedCup’s income from cities hosting events was also drying up, says Postigo. “We were forecasting that this year would be economically very difficult for us, but we were prepared to go through it. In my opinion they were unrealistic, which is a shame.” With the Audi MedCup now gone, Postigo has returned to his original job as a professional navigator while continuing as the European importer of the Soto 40. The Argentinean one design is growing slowly in Europe with seven