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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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 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.
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
1. BALEARIC ISLANDS
3. CANARY ISLANDS