Round day today in Puerto Real, Cádiz, for the second round of the Iberian Optimist Championship held in the IX Almirante Cervera Summer Trophy, one of the classics of the Cadiz summer attended by the best national quarry. One more day, the west wind went from low to high, rising from 6 to 12 knots in intensity throughout the three tests held between the city and the Trocadero Island in the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park.
With the fourth test came the first discard and that has allowed some applicants to climb positions. It has not been decisive for the CNM Benalmádena sailor Roberto Aguilar, who with two new goals today, the discard of a second is worth to distance himself a little more from the first place he had accessed from the beginning of the day. The one from Benalmádena now has four victories and leads the final with four points of income over the young Carlos Carrasco from CN Puerto Sherry.
Carrasco not only maintains the first place in the Under 13 category but also climbs a step to the absolute runner-up, making use of a first and a second in his group. In his case, the discarding of the fifth that he scored in the third test today was necessary to know himself second and score three points against Sean Sadler from the Balearic Islands, second Sub 13 and third overall. With the same points, fourth place goes to her teammate Martina Gomila, who ended up with a starting seventh weighing too much without the third and sixth after having been worth her to stay on the podium.
The Balearic Islands do retain the first place among the Sub 16 girls, distancing themselves from their immediate rivals. With three more points he is followed by the Portuguese Miguel Sousa who rises to fifth place and third Sub 13, thanks to a good day and the possibility of getting rid of a fifteen from yesterday. With the same points, sixth place goes to the Santa Pola sailor Ramón de la Serna with whom he shares a goal on the Sub 13 podium, so tomorrow will be a decisive day between the two.
The bad luck was primed today with the Balearic Amalia Coll who lost the second absolute place to which she arrived after winning the first two tests of the day, after scoring a 17th in the last round that despite discarding forces her to go down to the eleventh since it accumulates another puncture. The visitor does retain the U13 female lead and for tomorrow she has another chance to get back into the top10. Among the U-11s, the Alicante-born Eduardo Navarro takes the lead, while the CN Sevilla sailor, Mercedes Medel, is now second after a day in which things have not turned out as expected.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the three final tests will be held and in view of how things are, it will depend on the performance of all the applicants to finish defining the different podiums. After the regatta, the trophy ceremony will be held at the CN El Trocadero facilities.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism