14 out of the World’s top 20 female Laser Radial sailors -based on the ranking of the World Sailing federation with more than 500 sailors- will take part in the European Championship that will kick off in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this Friday, 26th February.
Danish Anne-Marie Rindom –World Champion-, Dutch Marit Bouwmeester –Runner-up World Champion & Silver medalist in London 2012, Swedish Josefin Olsson, Australian Ashley Stoddart or Finish Tuula Tenkanen are some of the top 10 elite sailors that will race in Gran Canaria.
Xu Lijia, Gold Medalist in London 2012, has taken several months off the international circuit and has decided to come back decided to take back the podium she earnt before the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.
First Spanish sailor is Alicia Cebrián (Tenerife), Runner-up champion in the European Championship & member of the Spanish Olympic team alongside Martina Reino (Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria). Cebrián ended 11th en London 2012 and currently holds the 25th position in the World ranking. Reino is Youth World Champion in 2014 and currently holds the 50th position in the World ranking.
105 female sailors from 35 countries around the world will take place in the European Championship for the Laser Radial class.
The fleet will split in two groups for the ranking stage, with 2 daily races scheduled for 3 days. The results of the races will split the fleet again into the Gold group and Silver group for the finals, also with 2 daily races in 2,3 and 4th March.
After Optimist -the sailing class to start in sailing, Laser is the class with the largest number of practicioners around the World,