The Biscayan waters of Abra are the scene this weekend from June 18 to 20, with the organization of the Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club and the sponsorship of BMW Lurauto and Lurauto Electric Mobility, of an outstanding event in the world of the candle. For three days they host the Spain Cup in the J80 class, in which the best specialists in the modality will take part, including several world and Spanish champions. This test, which also belongs to the J80 Sailing Series, will bring together 37 crews that will seek the final victory after three days of sailing in a championship that shows the strength of this modality in recent years.
The ‘Marina Rubicón’ by Rafael Lasso (Lanzarote), the ‘Eureka Tech’ by Rafael Díaz Soria (La Línea), the Andalusian ‘GPBullhound’ by Alfredo González, the ‘Dr. Chacartegui ‘Balearic Islands or Marina Burriananova’s female’ Dorsia Covirán Sailing Team ‘. The powerful Cantabrian fleet is wide with favorites such as the ‘Aila’ by Pichu Torcida, the ‘Solintal’ by Ignacio Camino, the ‘Newing Foods’ with the world champion Pablo Santurde as the previous two, the ‘Mercury’ by Jaime Piris , or the ‘Zona Franca Santander’ by David Madrazo, in addition to the ‘Central Óptica’, ‘Katxoka’, ‘Tremen2’, ‘Vissi’, ‘Matrako’, ‘Zeca’, ‘Etnia Barcelona’ and the ‘Top Line’.
The Biscayan ‘Biobizz’ of José Azqueta, fifth in the last World Cup in 2019 also in Getxo and recently winner of the Euskadi Championship and the SURNE-Eskarra Trophy Regatta, wants to make it difficult for the candidates for the title. The participation of the host club is completed with the ‘Fhimasa Escuela de Vela José Luis de Ugarte’ by Tomás Trueba, ‘Freus’,’ Fingolfin ‘,’ Jet Set ‘,’ Pilgrim ‘,’ dalecandELA ‘,’ Wilco ‘, Obelix’ , ‘Montarto’ and ‘Hib-Brut’, who have the opportunity to measure themselves against the greats of this class. Other Basque boats are the Guipuzcoans of the ‘NJ’, ‘Decoexsa’, ‘Enbata 80’ or Saionara, in addition to the Galician contest of the ‘Meltemi’ of La Coruña and the ‘Michelle’ of Portosín with Javier Padrón, and the Marias- Casas Do Telhado (Portugal).
This Thursday, June 17, we proceed to the registration and registration of participants, as well as the measurement and control of the candles. And already on Friday the 18th, from 3:00 p.m., the moment of truth arrives. The Spain J80 Cup will start, with exciting routes also on Saturday 19, from 1:00 p.m., and on Sunday 20, from 12 noon. The events that are scheduled by the organization are nine, three windward-leeward on each day of competition in the outer Abra in a regatta of a very high professional level with a dozen crews of the best of Spain in a championship with about 40 boats.
The Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club will once again host this weekend a relevant and attractive appointment of the spectacular J80 sailing class. And it is that the Abra waters host the Spain J80 Cup, which was already successfully organized by this Club in 2012 and 2018. In addition, another of the highlights in the history of the RCMA-RSC was the great World Cup of This class organized in 2019 with a record participation and to which the sailors who attended gave a very high mark.
The best representatives of this modality will take part in an always exciting and test. It is an edition, therefore, that helps to promote this class and this sport among the most outstanding sporting events on the national and international scene. In addition to 15 Basque boats, other units from the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands, Galicia, Cantabria, Andalusia, the Canary Islands or Portugal will also participate. Several J80 boats in the country have been a worldwide reference for years. RCMA-RSC’s commitment to the J80 modality is reinforced with a female and a youth classification, in addition to those of master, mixed, Corinthian and over 60. The Las Arenas club also organizes an international women’s event in this class, which recently it has completed its second edition.
Faced with the great challenge of organizing another J80 Class Spain Cup, the Spanish Federation has counted on some factors when it comes to awarding this competition to the RCMA-RSC again: its excellent and ideal regatta course in the waters of the Abra -as has been verified in the World Cup and in the two previous Spanish Cups-, the logistical facilities and the always pleasant welcome provided by the Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club.
The RCMA-RSC, with 123 years of history since the founding of Sporting in 1898, thus reinforces a fruitful track record in organizing regattas with a very complete annual calendar and a consolidated fleet, both Cruising, J80 and dinghy sailing. .
The J80 Spanish Cup in the waters of Getxo, sponsored by Lurauto, is organized by the Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation; with the collaboration of the Getxo City Council, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, the Basque and Biscayan Sailing Federations and the J80 Owners Association of Spain.
The date chosen for this 2021 Spanish Cup takes place before this year’s J80 World Championship, which will be held in Denmark, “so this event in Getxo becomes an exceptional training session for all those crews that are going to attend the World. It is a luxury to haggle these days with Ignacio Camino, Pichu Torcida, Javier Chacartegui, Jaime Piris, and with José Azqueta, our best representative. ”, Estimates Ramón Zubiaga, the president of the organizing club. “From our Club, both the Board of Directors, the J80 fleet and all the professionals involved, we put the utmost enthusiasm and dedication so that this event is a complete success,” says Ramón Zubiaga. “The weather forecasts at first are for weak north winds. Hopefully the parties are wrong and we have better wind than expected. There are eight to ten boats with the capacity to win the regatta, there are many favorites ”, declared Eduardo García-Santamarina, RCMA-RSC sporting director, who took part in a press conference that was also attended by the president of the organizing Club Ramón Zubiaga, Commodore Tomás Alonso Allende and Luis Miguel García in Iñaki Arza de Lurauto.
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