The Urbania Sailing Team has prevailed in the last round of the ORC World Championship held in Porto Cervo (Sardinia, Italy), with a time of 1 hour, 23 minutes and 18 seconds for a windward-leeward course of 8.09 miles with wind of Levant. The Spanish World Class A team, skippered by Tomás Gasset and with Iñaki Castañer at the head of sports management and acting as tactician on board, has shown its potential in this heat, which it has dominated from start to finish. The neutral conditions that did not occur in the previous days, stable wind between 10 and 15 knots, appeared in the second and last regatta this Thursday, and Urbania knew how to take advantage of them.
Tomás Gasset, skipper of the Urbania Sailing Team, was very satisfied with the regatta, and above all, with the team’s work, and took stock of the week: “The fight of all these days has been worth it. Today’s was a very exciting victory after a tough week. Today we had a slightly more neutral wind that didn’t benefit other boats as much as the TP52s, and we proved to be competitive. Leaving with this victory is very nice, because we started the week having to take the boat out of the water due to a broken keel on the last day of training, and work all night to be ready for the long race. We did a great job, with a fifth place, but then came the disqualification, which we appealed. During the week, with winds very against the characteristics of our boat and very favorable to others, we have defended the jersey with everything we had and we have always stood up. Without these circumstances we could be talking about a much better result. We keep going at all times, always with good performance numbers, above our targets. The balance is ultra-satisfactory. The crew has done a great job with a lot of energy despite the setbacks. It’s about never giving up and keep fighting. This last regatta materializes the effort of the week and we leave with a magnificent taste in our mouths”.
In the first test of the day, with more variable wind, the Urbania had obtained a tenth position. After ruling out the worst possible classification (a 12th place, since the discussed disqualification from the long race could not be ruled out), the Spanish team managed to finish the championship in the upper half of the classification, in tenth position, with 59 points.
Now the team’s eyes are on the Copa del Rey, which takes place from July 30 to August 6 in the Bay of Palma. Thus, Urbania will return to the scene of her victory in the PalmaVela regatta last May. Tomás Gasset referred to the team’s next challenge as follows: “We face the Copa del Rey with great enthusiasm and desire, and with the consolidated team crew”.
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