Saturday, July 31

Tenerife, unbeatable in the Canary Islands Optimist Championship


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The Tenerife fleet has excelled in the waters of Gran Canaria this weekend, from the first qualifying day held this Friday, until the final that took place this Sunday at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria sports pier, after taking first and second place of the competition. One of the two Tenerife teams (from the Real Club Náutico de Tenerife) has managed to position itself in the first place during the championship after obtaining 5 victories of the 6 races held in the first qualifying rounds and in the semifinal, in addition to playing the final with the second team representative of Tenerife, so they have remained unbeatable throughout the championship. “The sailing conditions have been very good, as they were inside the pier there were no waves, so they have been carried away by the wind”exclaims the technical director of the Canarian Sailing Federation, Guiomar Bonilla.

This second team, the Real Club Náutico de Tenerife 2, has surprised in the semifinals by snatching the pass to the final from the Lanzarote team, which until that moment occupied second place in the general classification. Each team has been made up of four sailors, two of each gender, who initially have competed in two qualifying Round Robin (all against all) and, later, have sailed towards the final this Sunday, although it was the two teams from Tenerife who they have managed to qualify.

In third and fourth place have been the representative teams of Lanzarote; On the one hand, the group from the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife, which has remained at the gates of the final, followed by the Club de Regatas 4Vientos, a team to which the Spanish Optimist sailing champions belong, a title that they have achieved this same anus. “It has been a very rewarding experience with which everyone has learned a lot; the organization, the equipment and the technical staff are unbeatable, as well as the place, since there were no waves, the regattas seemed like a dance, they did not stop making turns ”, says David Pérez, coach of the Club de Regatas 4Vientos.

A sport that has more female representatives

This championship is just another example of how female participation is increasingly representative in the art of sailing, with 50% of young Canarians between 6 and 15 years old, an age range that encompasses the Optimist modality, the sailing class more widespread and standardized for the learning of children between 6 and 15 years old. “On this occasion, the teams were made up of two boys and two girls, but female participation in the clubs and in the last competitions held is remarkable, we even held« women’s regattas »that have a very high participation percentage” , explains the technical director of the Canarian Sailing Federation, the entity that has organized this championship, with the sponsorship of Naviera Armas. The results are available on the official website of the Canarian Sailing Federation.

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