Thursday, August 18

Climent asserts his hegemony in Formentera




Alejandro Climent leads the classification of the Cutty Sark FKSS 2021 Formentera after having played nine rounds in the Open category. The Valencian, current leader of the Formula Kite circuit, had an overwhelming dominance and won seven of the nine races disputed today with the help of the Club de Vela Formentera organization. Behind him on the podium he is accompanied by the Mexican Xantos Villegas and the young Danish Emil Beckett. In the F-One FKSS Amateur class, the leader is the new phenomenon of Spanish sailing, Carlos Espí, also from Valencia, who is not yet 14 years old.

Formentera today looked at its best. It dawned with a hint of rain, something almost incompatible with the Kite Formula, but it stayed in that and in a wind of more than about twenty knots from the northeast that allowed to do some incredible heats downwind from Illetes beach. It was an incredible day of regattas in which a total of 14 races could be done uninterruptedly between the two classes, which came to alleviate yesterday’s zero for the Open. First, five Open races were held, then another as many Amateur races and the pros went back to the water to play four more races in a very tough and marathon day.

Alejandro Climent, the best Spanish sailor in history in the Formula Kite specialty, had an exceptional day today. He arrived as the leader of the circuit at the Formentera test and he did so thanks to his loyalty to the Cutty Sark FKSS and his consistency in the results. And today he has shown once again that he is a very solid sailor who is hardly below the expectations that are set for him. He was the favorite and he played that role to perfection as his worst result today was second place. Villegas is second after he had a problem with his kite in the third heat that turned completely and did not allow him to finish the heat or perform in the next.

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Alejandro Climent explained: “The truth is that today I looked very solid with seven firsts and two seconds. The conditions are incredible in Formentera which is the Spanish paradise. It has given us a very good windy day; a flat and transparent sea. It is like the Caribbean, but next to home. The wind is constant and has allowed us to do many races without problems. My goal is to continue on this path and try to continue to be first and get the greatest number of points ahead of my rivals for the last test of the season in December in Tarifa ”.

Carlos Espí takes one of the beacons of today's route in the F-One FKSS Amateur class
Carlos Espí takes one of the beacons of today’s route in the F-One FKSS Amateur class – Toni Forqués

Carlos Espí, leader in F-One FKSS Amateur

The Valencian kid Carlos Espí has ​​returned strongly this season to the circuit. In his first appearance of the season, the boy who turns 14 in 20 days already showed a good part of the quality that was supposed to be in this specialty and that has already been amply contrasted in his Optimist regattas where he is one of the best in Europe. in your specialty. The F-One FKSS Amateur class has the participation of 21 sailors in Formentera, which represents a record of participation since the class was created in 2020.

Espí made a mistake when he was going to win the first round and did not enter the finish line for which he was disqualified. But from that moment on he made three wins in one stroke and a second in the last of the day. Thus he returned from the water as leader with a succulent income on Marcelo Cairo and José Luis Ruisánchez who accompany him on the provisional podium: “The truth is that I felt very strong today in the water. I had not kite for more than a month due to the needs of the season in Optimist, but the truth is that I have looked very good. Today the conditions have been very good in the water and Formentera is a spectacular site. Let’s see tomorrow if I can keep up and he won the race. I would be very excited to get it ”.

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