Wednesday, May 25

Fernando Benítez and Marisa Alexandra Vicens, champions of Spain in Bayonne

Bayona (Pontevedra)



The fishing village of Bayona, in Galicia, crowned the new Optimist class champions 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 Fernando Benitez, from the Club de Regatas 4 Vientos (Las Palmas); and the Balearic Marisa Alexandra Vicens (Club Nautic s’Arenal) in the SUB 16 category; and Ignacio Martín (RCN Palma) and Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) in the SUB 13 category.

The four took the laurels of the competition after having completed, with the best results, the 5 tests disputed in the only two days – of the four scheduled – in which it was possible to compete. The wind, very capricious throughout the championship, left the first and third stages blank, and the sailors could only score points on the second and last day of racing.

They did, of course, showing great potential in the water despite the complications of the weather and despite not having been able to navigate, train or compete as usual in a very turbulent season due to the COVID19 restrictions.

Cenor’s marketing director, Leticia Fernandez, was in charge of presenting the Spanish U16 champion plaque to Fernando Benitez, from Las Palmas. The canary managed to surpass Tim Lubat (RCN Palma) and Roberto Aguilar (CNM Benalmádena), who had to settle for silver and bronze in the category.

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The president of the Monte Real Club de Yates, José Luis Álvarez, did the same with the SUB 16 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 Majorcan of 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 SUB 13 went to the Balearic Gabriela Morell (RCN Palma) and the Canarian Carla Lorenzo (RCN Tenerife).

In addition to revealing the names of the new Optimist champions of Spain, the championship held these days in Baiona revealed which are the best autonomous communities through a classification derived from the results of the first sailors in the ranking of each territorial federation.

The winner of this championship by autonomy was, without a doubt, the Balearic community, which obtained the best results in the competition and demonstrated with force that it had a fantastic quarry of sailors in its ranks. Andalusia and the Canary Islands were, quite apart in points, in second and third position.

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The territorial federations received their awards from the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez. Also participating in the cast was the deputy for tourism from the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Ana Laura Iglesias and the president of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde.

With the closing of the Optimist national, the Monte Real puts an end to one of its star appointments of the children’s sailing season and, while it continues with its league of J80 monotypes, it is already preparing to inaugurate 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 in 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.

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