· The low force of the wind forced the departure to be delayed and made it difficult for some sailboats to navigate, which remained stopped in various sections of the route and were even forced to abandon
· Laureno Wizner’s Pairo led the race until the final moments, in which it was caught up and overtaken by Willy Alonso’s Castrosúa, first to cross the finish line and winner of the regatta
· The XXXIX Count of Gondomar continues tomorrow, Sunday, with a technical test, a route between buoys in which the expertise of the crews will be decisive
The lack of wind was the star of the third day of the XXXIX Conde de Gondomar Trophy, which has been held since last Thursday in the Rías Baixas. The weak force of the wind forced the departure to be delayed and made it difficult for some sailboats to advance, which were stopped in various sections of the route. There were also those who were forced to abandon the test.
Despite the fact that the most favorable conditions for navigation did not exist, there were three ships that were able to reach sufficient speed and separate themselves at a great distance from the rest of the fleet.
El Pairo led the test for practically the entire route. Laureano Wizner’s tactic worked from the start and his crew took the lead as soon as they passed the off-marking buoy. Once it reached Cíes, the Monte Real boat took very good advantage of a moment in which the wind increased in intensity and moved further away from the rest of the fleet.
They only managed to get close to Pairo, although always at a certain distance from him, Willy Alonso’s Castrosúa and Rui Ramada’s Fifty, who covered a good part of the track in second and third position. Finally, Castrosúa managed to overcome it, be the first to cross the finish line and win the stage. El Pairo entered second and Fifty third.
In class 2, Ramón Ojea’s Bosch stood out, who made a fantastic climb to Cíes. The smallest boats, of classes 3 and 4, were the ones that suffered the most from the lack of wind. All the boats withdrew except the Unus of Luis García Trigo and the J80, which sailed together led by the Marías of Manuel María Cunha.
The XXXIX Conde de Gondomar Trophy continues tomorrow, Sunday with the El Corte Inglés Stage, the last of the tests planned in the competition. Starting at noon, the entire fleet will measure their forces in a windward-leeward, a route between buoys in which the skill of the crews will be decisive. The distance of the tour will depend on the wind and sea conditions.