With 12/15 knots the two first races of the 30th edition of International AECIO Trophy for Optimist class were resolved. Max Rondeu (CN Arenys de Mar), Arnau Gelpí (CN Balís) and Ruben Naranjo (RCNGC) lead the regatta after an opening day that ultimately provided superb sailing conditions.
145 sailors from five countries competing in the regatta organized by the Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria and Canary Islands AECIO with the collaboration of Royal Spanish Sailing Federation, the Canarian Sailing Federation and the Sailing Federation from Gran Canaria.
The wind put up a fight on this day of haze. The 145 sailors waited nearly two hours on land, and finally at 13:30 hours a north wind rose that eventually provided a great day of sailing on the race course located in front of the neighborhood of San Cristobal, on the coast of Las Palmas.
The International AECIO Trophy celebrates its 30th birthday this weekend with the presence of approx.160sailors from five countries and seven regions. The AECIO Trophy involves the class farewell to the sailors of the Club who, because of age, must pass to a bigger boat.
Besides RCNGC sailors, athletes from other islands and other communities will participate: Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; other communities: Catalonia, Cantabria, Galicia, Valencia and Murcia, and other countries: Poland, Sweden, Russia and Germany.
The International AECIO Trophy for Optimist class is the second round of the Excellence Cup, a winter circuit which includes the International Meeting of Vigo (October 30 to November 1), the International Trophy of Torrevieja (28-31 January ) and the Palamós Trophy Nations Cup (18-21 February).
Moreover, it is the third round of the Optimist Circuit of the Canary Islands, which begins in Tenerife with Pel Escuder in October, continues the Fuerteventura’s Cup in November and culminates in the Lanzarote Trophy in February.
9 tests have been scheduled between Sunday 27 and Tuesday 29.
The trophy is a qualifier for the Championship of Spain 2016 organized by the Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria at Easter
Sailors highlighted the excellent conditions of wind and sea at the end of the second day of the 17th Edition of the Canary Islands Sailing Olympic Week, in which the sailors of the Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria Onán Barreiros/Juan Curbelo in 470, and Ángel Granda, in RS:X 8.5, are still unbeatable.
124 crews from 24 countries participate until Tuesday in the most important sailing event of the Canary Islands, a classic winter organized by the Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria with the support of the City of Las Palmas and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.
Canary Islands Sailing Olympic Week paves the “Sail in Winter”, an international winter programme that combines training and competitions taking advantage of the goodness of the islands’ climate and the exceptional conditions of the bay to the practice of sailing. This season ends with the Laser EuroMaster Series 2016, an appointment that the proximity of the Olympics gives special relevance.
Joaquin Blanco, Standard; Onán Barreiros and Juan Curbelo, 470, and Ángel Granda, junior RS:X, all members of the host club together with Hungarian Maria Erdi are the provisional leaders in Laser Radial; Helge and Christian Sach the Germans in F-18; Finnish Oskari Muhonen, Laser Radial Men and the Portuguese Joao Rodriguez in RSX 9.5.
About 12 knots with peaks of 15 have provided a great day of sailing on the second day in which the sailor of RCNGC Ángel Granda continues its full partial victories in the RSX class 8.5.