Regatta Rey Juan Carlos I
France and Portugal dominate the premiere of the 6th Rey Juan Carlos I Regatta El Corte Inglés Master- First and great day of regattas in the Pontevedra estuary for the 6mR fleet.
The 6th Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta deployed sails with a southwest component wind of between six and eight knots of intensity, conditions that made it easier for the committee to comply with the planned test program. The route, located on this occasion inside the estuary with the exit in front of the facilities of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, allowed the fleet to give a whole show in a premiere dominated by the French “Dix Août” and the Portuguese “Seljm ”In Classics and Open respectively.
France dominates in Classics with the unstoppable “Dix Août” in the lead
At the edge of 2:15 p.m. and with a wind that began blowing with gentle intensity in the Pontevedra estuary, the Classics made their debut with practically the entire fleet signing an off-line in the first outing, so the regatta committee he had to repeat the procedure to start the first round of the championship. With the national title at stake and serving as a litmus test for next week’s European Championship, the fleet opened the markers by pressing hard with five teams fighting hand-in-hand for the top spots and a clear dominator: the French “Dix Août ”By Louis Heckly. The 6 Meter representative of the Yacht Club de France, which started as one of the favorites to be at the head of the fleet with a 1950 design, debuted in the best possible way by winning two partial wins and dominating each sleeve practically from the beginning. .
“Our first sensations competing in Galicia is that it is a fantastic place to sail,” Heckly began by stating after returning to the RCNS docks. “Obviously we are very happy with the results, two first places, although there is still a long way to go.”
Behind, two of the regulars on the national circuit that takes place every year in Sanxenxo, the “Alibaba II” by Miguel Lago with a Monte Real Club de Yates necklace and the “Caprice” from the Canido Maritime Club with Laureano Wizner at the helm. cane, tied at seven points in the second and third position of the general with a partial 2-5 and 3-4 respectively, while the “Bribon 500” of Pedro Campos occupies for the moment the fourth position just one point from the podium .
Maximum equality in the Open fleet
More even was the Open division -which was the first to start the competition- with the first three teams separated by only one point. The “Seljm” of the Portuguese Patrick Monteiro from the Clube Naval de Cascais debuted with a comfortable victory in the first round of the day, ahead of the local team “Stella” by Violeta Álvarez and the “Sophie” by Hugo Stenbeck -another of the favorites. to get the title-, second and third respectively.
In the second round, on the other hand, the British “Battlecry” by Jeremy Thorp (Royal Yacht Squadron) -who sealed a quarter in the first round- began by winning the lead and managed to maintain the position until the end ahead of the “Stella” , who scored another second place, and the “Seljm”, who added a third.
With these results, the Open classification opens as tight as Monteiro’s team at the top of the general standings tied on points with the team led by Violeta Álvarez, who occupies the second position, and only one ahead of “Battlecry ”, Which closes the provisional podium in third place.
Once on land, the “Seljm” skipper explained that “it was a very good day with a very stable wind. In the first race we had a very good start and managed to dominate the fleet, while the second race was much more difficult. We took the first buoy in fourth position and got to second, but you can’t always win. The next few days we will try to do better and, if possible, win ”.
The second day for the 6 Meters and first for the Adapted Sailing
This Saturday, starting at 12:00 hours and if the wind conditions allow it, the regatta committee will give the first honk for the second day of competition of the 6th Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta. The fleet of 6 has already sailed today in Sanxenxo will be joined by the students of the National Adapted Sailing Center, who as every year will compete in the vicinity of the RCNS. It will be, for them, the first official regatta after more than a year of hiatus due to the pandemic.
PROVISIONAL Classification. Day 1
(Position / Boat / Skipper / Country / Results / Points)
1. “Dix Août”, Louis Heckly (FRA) 1 + 1 = 2
2. “Alibaba II”, Miguel Lago (ESP), 2 + 5 = 7
3. “Caprice”, Laureano Wizner (ESP), 3 + 4 = 7
… Up to 15 classifieds.
1. “Seljm”, Patrick Monteiro (POR), 1 + 3 = 4
2. “Stella”, Violeta Álvarez (ESP), 2 + 2 = 4
3. “Battlecry”, Jeremy Thohrp (GBR), 4 + 1 = 5
… Up to 16 classifieds.