Baiona crowns the new Spanish Optimist champions

 

In the SUB 16 category, the winners were Fernando Benítez from the Canary Islands in the men’s section and Marisa Alexandra Vicens from the Balearic Islands in the women’s section.

· Ignacio Martín (RCN Palma) and Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) were the best male and female sailors in the SUB 13 category

· In the competition for autonomies, the Balearic territorial federation prevailed over the rest, demonstrating that it has a fantastic pool of sailors

· The Monte Real Club de Yates was in charge of organizing the Spanish Optimist Championship 2021 – Cenor Trophy held during this Holy Week

 

The fishing village of Baiona, in Galicia, crowned the new champions of the Optimist class this Saturday after the celebration of the 2021 Spanish Championship – Cenor Trophy, which the Monte Real Club de Yates organized during Holy Week by delegation of the Royal Federation Española de Vela and with the sponsorship of Grupo Cenor.

The new champions of children’s sailing in Spain are the canary Fernando Benitez , from the 4 Winds Regatta Club (Las Palmas); and the Balearic Marisa Alexandra Vicens ( Club Nautic s’Arenal) in the SUB 16 category; and Ignacio Martin (RCN Palma) and Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) in the SUB 13 category.

The four won the laurels of the competition after having completed, with the best results, the 5 tests held in the only two days -of the four scheduled- in which they could compete. The wind, very capricious throughout the championship, left the first and third stages blank, and the sailors were only able to score points on the second and last day of regattas.

Final day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Photo © Rosana Calvo

They did, yes, showing great potential in the water despite the complications of the weather and despite not having been able to sail, train or compete as usual in a very troubled season due to the COVID19 restrictions.

The Spanish Optimist Championship was sponsored by Grupo Cenor – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Cenor’s marketing director, Leticia Fernandez, was in charge of presenting the U16 Spanish champion plaque to Fernando Benitez , from Las Palmas. The Canarian managed to beat Tim Lubat (RCN Palma) and Roberto Aguilar (CNM Benalmádena), who had to settle for silver and bronze in the category.

U16 male winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

The president of the Monte Real Club de Yates, José Luis Álvarez, did the same with the U16 women’s section, which had its best sailor in Marisa Alexandra Vicens (CN s’Arenal). The Balearic athlete was crowned the new champion of Spain after beating her clubmate Nicola Jane Sadler and the Andalusian María Castillo (CDN Punta Umbría).

Women’s SUB 16 winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

The title of new champion of Spain SUB 13 of Optimist is held, from this Saturday, by the Mallorcan from the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Ignacio Martín . The sailors Rodrigo Luis Pérez (CDN Punta Umbría) and Fernando Echávarri (RCM Santander) stayed close to the great final victory. The Andalusian and the Cantabrian occupy the second and third position respectively.

Men’s SUB 13 winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

Among the females, the best in the SUB 13 competition was the Valencian Blanca Ferrando , from the Real Club Náutico de Valencia. The second and third place for women’s SUB 13 went to Gabriela Morell from the Balearic Islands (RCN Palma) and Carla Lorenzo from the Canary Islands (RCN Tenerife).

Women’s SUB 13 winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

In addition to revealing the names of the new Spanish Optimist champions, the championship held these days in Baiona revealed which are the best autonomous communities through a classification derived from the results of the top sailors in the ranking of each territorial federation.

The Spanish Optimist Championship was held this year in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The winner of this championship by autonomies was, without a doubt, the Balearic community , which obtained the best results in the competition and convincingly demonstrated that it had a fantastic pool of sailors in its ranks. Andalusia and the Canary Islands were, with quite a difference in points, in second and third position.

Balearic Federation winner of the Spanish Autonomous Championship – Photo © José Ramón Louro

The territorial federations received their awards from the Mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez. The deputy for tourism of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Ana Laura Iglesias, and the president of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde, also participated in the cast.

With the closing of the Optimist national, Monte Real puts an end to one of its star events in the children’s sailing season and, while it continues with its J80 one-design league, it is already preparing to open the heavy sailing season, which Its first milestones are the celebration of the Comunica Trophy, on the 24th; and the Repsol Trophy, the first weekend of May.

As for the Optimists, their sights are already set on the Spanish Cup to be held in Hondarribia (Basque Country) at the end of April. The two major international events of the year will follow: the European Championship in June and the World Cup in July, in which a selection of the best sailors from national competitions will participate.

 

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY

 

UNDER 16 MALE

1. FERNANDO BENITEZ 4VIENTOS RACING CLUB (LAS PALMAS) 17 POINTS
2. TIM LUBAT ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF PALMA 20 POINTS
3. ROBERTO AGUILAR · CLUB NÁUTICO MARÍTIMO DE BENALMÁDENA · 22 POINTS

SUB 16 FEMALE

1. MARISA ALEXANDRA VICENS · CLUB NAUTIC S’ARENAL · 8 POINTS
2. NICOLA JANE SADLER CLUB NAUTIC S’ARENAL 26 POINTS
3. MARÍA CASTILLO PUNTA UMBRÍA YACHT SPORTS CLUB 26 POINTS

UNDER 13 MALE

1. IGNACIO MARTIN ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF PALMA 31 POINTS
2. RODRIGO LUIS PÉREZ PUNTA UMBRÍA YACHT SPORTS CLUB 43 POINTS
3. FERNANDO ECHAVARRI ROYAL MARITIME CLUB OF SANTANDER 81 POINTS

SUB 13 FEMALE

1. BLANCA FERRANDO ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF VALENCIA 57 POINTS
2. GABRIELA MORELL ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF PALMA 78 POINTS
3. CARLA LORENZO · REAL CLUB NÁUTICO TENERIFE · 96 POINTS

AUTONOMY CHAMPIONSHIP

1. BALEARIC ISLANDS
2. ANDALUSIA
3. CANARY ISLANDS

 

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The wind steals the spotlight from the Optimists in the Spanish Championship

 

· The third day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy that was going to be held this Friday in Baiona was canceled due to lack of wind

· The 150 sailors participating in the competition will play for the laurels in the last stage that takes place tomorrow, Saturday, starting at eleven in the morning

· After the protests registered in the first tests there were some changes in the classification but the Balearic federation continues to command forcefully

The Optimists were unable to go out on the water this Friday at the Spanish Championship – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The third day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy, in which three new tests of the dinghy sailing competition were to be held, ended up being canceled this Friday in Baiona (Galicia) due to lack of wind.

The 150 sailors participating in the competition did not even get out on the water. They remained on land for hours pending in case a breeze came in and they could go sailing, but the conditions never became ideal.

Members of the regatta committee and the beacons did go out to sea to study, from the early hours of the morning, both the interior and the entrance channel to the Bay of Baiona, but the wind did not manage to reach the intensity in any of those areas. necessary. At some point up to 7 knots were recorded, which was the maximum of the day, but neither direction boards were maintained nor did they last over time.

Finally, after verifying that it would be impossible to contest any sleeve, the organization decided to cancel the stage and summon the participants to the final day this Saturday, the last of the championship, with a scheduled start time for eleven in the morning.

After the protests registered after the first tests there were some changes in the initial classification, but the protagonists of the ranking continue to be, with force, the sailors of the Balearic federation, followed by the Valencian, Canarian and Andalusian territorial ones.

The Balearic Federation gathered in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the U16 male category, Tim Lubat (RCN Palma) is in the lead, followed by Xavier García (RCN Palma) and Miguel Padrón (RCN Gran Canaria). Marisa Alexandra Vicens (CN s’Arenal), and Susana Bestard (RCN Palma) and Nicola Jane Sadler (CN s’Arenal) are second and third in the women’s SUB 16 category.

In SUB 13, the best classified in the men’s section are Ignacio Martín (RCN Palma), Rodrigo Luis González Pérez (CND Punta Umbría) and Nikko Palou (RCN Palma). Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia), Gabriela Morell (RCN Palma) and Laia Matos (CMSAP) hold the provisional gold, silver and bronze in the women’s SUB 13 category.

The wind stole the spotlight from the Optimists, who were not allowed to sail – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Tomorrow, Saturday, in addition to the last tests -if the wind allows it-, the awards ceremony will be held for the new Optimist champions of Spain, at six in the afternoon at the facilities of the Monte Real Club de Yates, organizing club.

The president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez; Cenor’s marketing director, Leticia Fernandez; the territorial delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo, Marta Fernández; the tourism deputy of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Ana Laura Iglesias; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and the president of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde.

The Spanish Optimist Championship is sponsored by Grupo Cenor – Photo © Rosana Calvo

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY

Classification with four tests disputed in a day of competition

UNDER 16 MALE

1. TIM LUBAT RCN PALMA 6 POINTS
2. XAVIER GARCÍA RCN PALMA 13 POINTS
3. MIGUEL PADRÓN RCN GRAN CANARIA 15 POINTS

SUB 16 FEMALE

1. MARISA ALEXANDRA VICENS CN S’ARENAL 4 POINTS
2. SUSANA BESTARD RCN PALMA 14 POINTS
3. NICOLA JANE SADLER CN S’ARENAL 21 POINTS

UNDER 13 MALE

1. IGNACIO MARTÍN RCN PALMA 19 POINTS
2. RODRIGO LUIS GONZÁLEZ PÉREZ CDN PUNTA UMBRÍA 33 POINTS
3. NIKKO PALOU RCN PALMA 56 POINTS

SUB 13 FEMALE

1. BLANCA FERRANDO RCN VALENCIA 41 POINTS
2. GABRIELA MORELL RCN PALMA 58 POINTS
3. LAIA MATTOS CMSAP 80 POINTS

 

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The Balearic Islands rules in the national Optimist

 

· Marisa Alexandra Vicens and Ignacio Martín from the Balearic territorial federation were placed this Thursday at the head of the SUB 16 and SUB 13 categories of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy

· The SUB 16 Marisa Alexandra Vicens (CN s’Arenal) and the SUB 13 Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) were the best female sailors of the day

· RCN Palma athletes Tim Lubat (SUB 16) and Ignacio Martín (SUB 13) achieved the best results in the men’s section

· The competition resumes this Friday from eleven in the morning with three new tests on the program and a weather forecast that is announced to be very complicated

One of the exits from the Carallones area with views of the Parador Nacional de Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy has already named its first leaders. Marisa Alexandra Vicens and Ignacio Martín, both from the Balearic territorial federation, were placed this Thursday at the top of the classification of the children’s sailing national held in the Galician town of Baiona under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club.

With two first places and one second, and after discarding her worst result (a 26), Marisa Alexandra Vicens, from Club Nautic s’Arenal, was the best athlete in the regatta. It is placed at the top of the general classification and also leads the group of the female SUB 16. In this category, they are followed, in second and third position, by Susana Bestard (RCN Palma) and Nicola Jane Sadler (CN s’Arenal) from Mallorca.

Among the U16 boys, the best of the day was Tim Lubat (RCN Palma). He overtook his club mate Xabier García, who is second; and the Canarian Miguel Padrón (RCN Gran Canaria) who closes the provisional podium of the category.

The good wind and sea conditions made the children enjoy sailing – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the SUB 13 competition, Ignacio Martín (RCN Palma) and Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) lead the classification, in the male and female categories. The Andalusian Rodrigo Luis González Pérez (CDN Punta Umbría) and the Balearic Nikko Palou (RCN Palma) were left on the verge of first place, second and third respectively among the boys; and Candela Escobedo (RCM Santander) and Gabriela Morell (RCN Palma) hold the provisional silver and bronze for the girls.

This second day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy was the first scoring of the competition after the blank day lived this Wednesday due to lack of wind. Three tests were planned in the stage program, but the regatta committee, seeing the good weather conditions and the not very optimistic reports for the remaining days of competition, decided to do a fourth.

The Optimists passing in front of the Cíes Islands of the Atlantic Islands National Park – Photo © Rosana Calvo

They were all held with very good wind, always above ten knots, with an average of thirteen and gusts of up to sixteen. The starts were clean, with hardly any out of line, and it was only necessary to make a general call to the sailors of the blue group. The aspiring champions of Spain sailed on a trapezoid-shaped field, which they left on the outside completing a lap, passing through a gate and adding a second upwind leg to the finish.

The regatta area was located in Carallones, at the entrance to the Bay of Baiona, one of the most spectacular places in the Rías Baixas due to the views it offers of the Estelas Islands, the Cíes Islands of the Atlantic Islands National Park, the Parador Nacional de Baiona and the Virgen de la Roca, one of the most visited monuments in the Galician fishing village.

Part of the fleet with the Virgin of the Rock on Mount San Roque in the background – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Quite a luxury for the 150 sailors from 10 autonomous communities that participate in this Optimist Spanish Championship that the Monte Real Club de Yates organizes by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and with the sponsorship of the Cenor Group.

The national dinghy continues tomorrow, Friday, the Easter holiday, with the third of the four scheduled days, which will be the second scoring one. The time set for the start of the tests is eleven in the morning but the wind forecasts are not very encouraging and delays are not ruled out.

The Spanish Optimist Championship is organized by Monte Real with the sponsorship of Cenor – Photo © Rosana Calvo

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY

UNDER 16 MALE

1. TIM LUBAT RCN PALMA 6 POINTS
2. XAVIER GARCIA RCN PALMA 12 POINTS
3. MIGUEL PADRÓN RCN GRAN CANARIA 14 POINTS

SUB 16 FEMALE

1. MARISA ALEXANDRA VICENS CN S’ARENAL 4 POINTS
2. SUSANA BESTARD RCN PALMA 14 POINTS
3. NICOLA JANE SADLER CN S’ARENAL 21 POINTS

UNDER 13 MALE

1. IGNACIO MARTÍN RCN PALMA 20 POINTS
2. RODRIGO LUIS GONZÁLEZ PÉREZ CDN PUNTA UMBRÍA 34 POINTS
3. NIKKO PALOU RCN PALMA 57 POINTS

SUB 13 FEMALE

1. BLANCA FERRANDO RCN VALENCIA 42 POINTS
2. CANDELA ESCOBEDO RCM SANTANDER 55 POINTS
3. GABRIELA MORELL RCN PALMA 59 POINTS

(((( This is the classification of the championship at this time pending the resolution of several protests that could cause some variation in the ranking ))))

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The wind leaves the opening day of the Spanish Optimist Championship blank

 

· The 150 sailors from 10 Spanish communities who were going to dispute the opening day of the Optimist national in Baiona this Wednesday returned to land without being able to inaugurate the scoreboard

· The regatta committee kept the fleet in the water for several hours in the hope of being able to start at least one race, but the wind did not pick up nor was it strong enough to hold the regatta

· The Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club continues tomorrow, Thursday, starting at eleven in the morning with the second of the four scheduled days

The Optimists waited for patients for hours in the water but were unable to open markers – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The wind did its thing this Wednesday in Baiona (Galicia) and left blank the opening day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy, organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates by delegation of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation.

After several hours in the water, the 150 sailors from 10 autonomous communities who were going to compete in the first tests of this national light sailing race returned to land without being able to open the scoreboard.

The fleet returned to land without being able to have disputed a single test – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The regatta committee, with Cristofol Morales at the helm, maintained until the end the hopes of being able to start at least one test with which to open the classification, but the wind did not pick up nor did it pick up enough intensity to celebrate the regatta. Winds were recorded from all four quadrants and, when it seemed that the situation was going to stabilize, half a regatta field was laid, but the attempt was ultimately frustrated.

Measurement after measurement, the wind failed to catch or blow with sufficient intensity – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The opening of a championship that still has three more days on the program was thus watered down and the sights are already set on the weather forecasts for this Thursday, which are announced to be somewhat better. Quite a bit of cloudiness is expected and there is a high probability of rain, even heavy showers, but the wind will blow more intensely, which will make it easier for the Optimists to navigate. If the forecast holds true, it will blow from the southeast in the morning and from the southwest in the afternoon, with between 5 and 8 knots on average and gusts of up to 16.

The Optimist fleet returning towed to land in front of the replica of the Pinta caravel in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The start time of the tests is set for eleven in the morning but the clock will be, as always, subject to what happens with the wind. In the water will be the 150 sailors from Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community, Catalonia, Murcia, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Madrid and also the Galicians, who act as hosts.

Galician team of the Optimist Spain Championship – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In dispute, the titles of national champions of Optimist in the categories SUB 16 and SUB 13, and also the Championship by Autonomies, which will reward the territorial federations that obtain the best results.

The 2021 Optimis Spanish Championship is held this year in Baiona organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and thanks to the sponsorship of the Cenor Group.

 

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Galicia receives the best Optimists in Spain

· This Wednesday starts in Baiona the Spanish Optimist Championship 2021 – Cenor Trophy organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates

· More than a hundred young sailors from 10 autonomous communities aspire to win the title of champion in the SUB 16 and SUB 13 categories

· After two days of registration, control of materials and measurements, tomorrow the first of the four days that will decide the competition will be held

· The Championship for Autonomies is also in contention, which will reward the territorial federations that obtain the best results

Optimist from all over Spain will fill the Bay of Baiona with their sails – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Galicia receives, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, the best sailors of the Optimist class in Spain in the national class championship, which the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona organizes in 2021 by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and thanks to the sponsorship of the Cenor Group.

More than a hundred young sailors from 10 autonomous communities aspire to win the title of champion in the SUB 16 and SUB 13 categories throughout the four days that the competition will last, which will take place in the Galician Rías Baixas.

After two days of registration, control of materials and measurements, the first regatera day will be held tomorrow, a stage that will begin, if the wind allows it, at eleven in the morning. The weather forecast announces an easterly wind in the early hours and the possibility that it will roll to the southeast as the day progresses, which will be very covered, although no rain is expected. The intensity, between 7 and 10 knots with peaks or gusts of up to 17, should not make navigation difficult for sailors.

The 12 scheduled tests, divided into three per day, will be held in a regatta field located, predictably, inside the Bay of Baiona. It will be a trapezoidal route with beacons that will mark the pace of the sailors until the final arrival, located inside the ring. Its duration will be approximately 45 minutes.

The Optimists will be divided each day into two different groups -blue and yellow- with the aim that they can compete against each other. They will navigate a qualifying series of 9 tests during the first three days of competition; and a final series, of 3 sleeves, the last day of the championship. With the celebration of 2 tests, the championship will already be valid; and on the fourth round completed, sailors will be given the chance to discard their worst result.

Leading the regatta committee will be Cristofol Morales and the sports director of Monte Real, Roy Alonso, will be the safety coordinator. In total, more than thirty people including committees, beacons, sailors, juries, measurers, office staff, security and the press will be in charge of the entire championship operation.

The historic ocean sailor Javier de la Gándara advised the Galician team that will compete in the Optimist National Championship – Photo Roy Alonso

The competition will start this year without the classic opening ceremony, an act in which all the participants used to parade carrying the flag of their autonomous community. COVID19 has forced the organization to implement numerous prevention measures to avoid possible contagion and this ritual has been suspended.

Other actions stipulated in the coronavirus control protocol are taking the temperature of the participants, the separation of spaces by autonomies, the maintenance of safety distances or the obligation to always wear a mask on land (in the water, since sail alone, they will be able to take it off).

Among the participants of this Spanish Optimist Championship 2021, a total of 150 sailors from 10 communities: Galicia (22 sailors), Andalusia (20), the Balearic Islands (20), the Canary Islands (20), the Valencian Community (20), Catalonia ( 19), Murcia (11), Basque Country (6), Cantabria (6) and Madrid (4).

In addition to the titles of champions SUB 16 and SUB13, the competition also puts in contention the Championship by Autonomies, which will reward the territorial federations that obtain the best results. In this contest, the first classified of each autonomy and category (SUB 16 and SUB 13) will score and the final general classification will come from the sum of the positions of those sailors.

The Galician Rías Baixas will offer a unique setting for the Spanish Optimist Championship – Photo: Jacobo Bastos

 

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY
Monte Real Yacht Club Baiona, March 31 – April 3

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

11:00> The tests in the water begin

THURSDAY, APRIL 1

11:00> The tests in the water begin

FRIDAY, APRIL 2

11:00> The tests in the water begin

SATURDAY, APRIL 3

11:00> The tests in the water begin
18:00> Awards

 

 

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