The fishing village of Bayonne will host the Spanish Optimist Championship at Easter, the most important event for national children’s sailing in 2021. The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation has delegated the organization of the competition to the historic Monte Real Club de Yates , from March 29 to April 3.
The event will include two days of preparation and four days of competition, which will bring together 150 boys and girls from 10 autonomous communities in Bayonne.
Galicia will be the autonomy that more sailors put into the fray, since to the 19 summoned by qualifying ranking, another 3 athletes will be added more than the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation grants to the Galician community as organizer of the event. Thanks to this concession, the Galician team closed with a total of 22 contenders for the title.
They are followed in number of sailors by Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and the Valencia Community, who will attend the national with 20 athletes each. Catalonia will compete with 19, Murcia with 11, the Basque Country and Cantabria with 6 each, and Madrid with 4.
A total of 150 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 15 will compete for four days for the titles of best athlete SUB 16 and SUB 13 in the male and female categories. Within the framework of this championship, the Spanish Championship for Autonomies will also enter into contention, which will reward the community with the best results in the Optimist class.
In the official presentation of the event, held this morning in Bayonne, the vice president of Monte Real Club de Yates, Alejandro Retolaza, qualified the championship as “One more step in the objective of Monte Real to promote base sailing, where the future of this sport is,” he said.. Retolaza recalled when the club held the first Galician Optimist championship, in 1970: “Of the 17 children who participated in that edition, we went down to 120 last year, in Optimist’s Galician; and this year we will have 150 in the national. Without a doubt – he assured – a whole evolution for which we are very proud “.
Framed in times of COVID, the Optimist 2021 Spanish Championship will have an extensive security protocol that will include measures for both competition in the water and for moments on land. Each community will have its space reserved so as not to mix with the rest and the traditional inaugural team parade will not be held. In addition, temperature controls will be carried out at the entrances to the club and the use of a mask, which is not mandatory in the water because it is navigated alone, it will be required on land and when approaching the port and other boats.
Regarding the sporting development of the competition, the championship will include 2 days of preparations, on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th of March, for registration and measurements. The successive three days, on Wednesday, March 31, Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 2, will be allocated to a qualifying series from which the sailors who will compete in the final series on Saturday, April 3 will emerge.
Each day will include a maximum of 3 tests, so that, if all could be held, the national would reveal its winners after 12 scoring rounds. On the last day of competition, Saturday April 3, the awards ceremony will also be held for the winners, starting at six in the afternoon in the gardens of the Monte Real Club de Yates.
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