Garbí marks a tough day in the 32nd Palamós International Optimist Trophy-16 Nations Cup
If the first day of the 32 Palamós Optimist Trophy-16 Nations Cup the leading role was taken by the low intensity of the wind, in the second it was just the opposite. The Garbí (southwest) exceeded 30 knots for much of the day, so the demand was maximum both from the fleet of more than 500 boats and from the organization.
The one hour advance of the start was a success, since the wind began to blow after nine in the morning and as the day progressed it increased in intensity. If on Thursday the yellow group was the only one that could complete a course, yesterday it was the turn of the other four, who did it with great suffering, especially for some sailors who could not finish due to the force of the wind and the waves that They exceeded 3 meters in height. This demonstrated the great reaction capacity of the regatta’s rescue device, which, together with the different trainers, was used thoroughly, so that there was no serious incident.
This meant that once the test was finished and in view of the storm situation, the organization decided to send the entire fleet to land, waiting for the wind force to subside.
In the early afternoon the wind shifted to the north, between 3-5 knots, so the Regatta Committee chaired by Luky Serrano sent the fleet back to sea. After four in the afternoon the first starts were given, being able to finish the test four of the five groups, white was the only one that could not complete the heat, so the provisional results are those of the first test in the absence of this Saturday the white group can resume the test that ended up being suspended due to the fall of the wind and the early arrival of sunset.
After a test disputed in all the groups, there are five first: The Spanish Hugo Rodríguez (CN S’Arenal) in the yellow; Dutchman Folkert Van Surkum in the blue; the Ukrainian Sviatoslav Madonich in the target; Sweden’s Malcom Dalberg in red and France’s Charles Trolard in green. From there, there are three Spanish crews that finished second, the Catalans Joan Fargas and Joan Domingo, both from the Club Nàutic Cambrils in the blue and yellow groups respectively, and the Majorcan Sergio García (RCN Palma) in the white.