Samuel Beneyto & Eduardo Ojeda from RCNGC and Arnau Gelpí from CN El Balís placed at the head

Samuel Beneyto of the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria was shown as the most regular making three first and winning each leg sailed today.

The nearly 150 children sailors who gathered in the bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to compete for the 31st edition of the AECIO 2016 Trophy competed in three hard-fought legs with 18 knots of south wind and large waves during the first two tests. Hard conditions, specially for the youngest, between 10 and 11 years. The last race disputed today counted on something less of wind, 14 knots and also with waves of smaller size.

The favorites lead the provisional  results, being first Samuel Beneyto of the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria, that obtained three first, second is Eduardo Ojeda, also of the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria that obtained a fourth, a second and a first. Third today, the winner of the AECIO a year ago, Arnau Gelpí, of the Club Nàutic El Balís.

The regattas of the opening day provided bright moments in the bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The regatta course, in front of “San Cristóbal” neighborhood, offered a good show with all sailors in their Optimist boats.

The fleet competed in two groups, yellow and red. Looking forward to tomorrow they will regroup again, based on the provisional general results.

Today it was necessary to wait a few hours to start the competition. Finally, at 13:15, the first race was released. Tomorrow we expect weather conditions very similar to those experienced today, with waves and winds of between 15 and 18 knots south-southeast.

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