After not having been able to complete any test this Friday due to the complicated conditions that the passage of a rainy front has left in the Pontevedra estuary, tomorrow Saturday the fleet will face the final day of the Xacobeo 6mR Europeans with all the options open and the continental title in play. Javier de la Gándara’s “Aida” in Classics and Michel Teweles’s “Thisbe” in Open will fight for victory from the top of the provisional podium, although with a still very tight general in which anything can happen.
The weather reports were already announcing it. The passage of a front of rain from practically first thing in the morning until after noon on Friday forced the fleet to wait on the docks to be able to start the penultimate day. At around 3:00 p.m., with a wind that seemed like it could be drawn from the north and with good intensity, the 31 participating teams released moorings to go to the regatta field located in front of Ons, although the conditions did not hold and about two hours later, with the sky already clear and the wind completely falling, the committee called the day over.
Everything to a letter
Tomorrow Saturday, two teams will take to the water in the Classics division with clear options to fight for the Xacobeo 6mR Europeans title: the “Aida” of Javier de la Gándara (Real Club Náutico de A Coruña), current leader of the general classification, and the “Bribon 500” by Pedro Campos (Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo), who defends the continental title and occupies the second position in the table just one point behind the boat from A Coruña.
Behind them, the “Alibaba II” by Miguel Lago (Monte Real Club de Yates) and the French “Astrée III” by Ossi Paija are not bad either. Both are in the third and fourth position and with a tie only three points behind those of Campos. The “Caprice” from the Canido Maritime Club skippered by Laureano Wizner, meanwhile, occupies fifth place six points from the podium.
Less tight is the leading group of the Open, although everything will also depend on what happens on the final day of the European Championship. The Swiss team of the Club Nautic de Versoix, Michel Teweles’s “Thisbe”, leads with a four-point advantage over second-placed Portuguese “Seljm” by Patrick Monteiro (Clube Naval de Cascais), and six over the third, the also Swiss “Junior” by Philippe Durr.
Pedro Campos: “We have managed to offer something unique that has never been done”
In the final stretch of a championship in which 31 teams of eleven nationalities and sailors from all over Europe and even from the United States and Canada have gathered, the president of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, Pedro Campos, takes stock and shows himself satisfied with the reception that this championship is having among the international 6mR fleet.
“They are amazed, both about the place, the treatment, the village, the food, the details such as having placed the boats with the posters… But it is true that it is the set of everything that has been done, and I think eight of every ten things that have been done here have never been done before “, explains the Cuntian and adds: “No one had had the idea, or the means, or the infrastructure, because all this, such as the placement of the boats aligned each with its poster, can be done here. Here we are lucky to have Nauta Sanxenxo’s friends who give us a hand and it has been something truly exceptional. Besides that, it is also a luxury to have practically four regatta fields, and we are using basically two ”.
“The organization itself is having almost more prominence than participation in that sense. And I say it because the credit goes to Galicia, Sanxenxo, the City Council and the club, because in the end with the help of Xacobeo and Galicia Calidade we have managed to offer something unique that had never been done before “.
Tomorrow Saturday, the trophy delivery dinner will put the final touch on the great event of the year in Sanxenxo. It will take place in the Village of Galicia Calidade starting at 8:30 p.m. and will be attended by sailors, sponsors, collaborators and authorities who have been part of the Xacobeo 6mR Europeans 2021.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism