The bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria crowned the winners of the “Semana Olímpica Canaria de Vela”.

The XVIII edition of this competition has put the finishing touch to 4 days of competition in which the fight for the top positions was the general trend in each of the 11 participating classes.

The 150 sailors from 13 countries that gathered at the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria to participate in this prestigious and consolidated regatta and offered a demonstration of quality and ambition in the water.

Two active regatta fields filled the capital bay. With winds up to 15 knots, in which the participating sailors, including Olympic medalists and diplomas, world and European champions – and international top athletes – have elucidated the final winners of the event.



In  Laser Radial Women the victory was for  the Greek Vasileia Karachaliou ahead of the Lithuanian Viktorija Andrulyte and the representative of the Club, Martina Reino.

In  Laser Radial Men category Álvaro Valido won Kevin Cabrera, who finished second and Ismael Iess, third.

Joel Rodríguez did not leave the leadership since the first day in the Laser Standard class followed by his greatest rival and teammate, Joaquín Blanco Albalat. After the members of the Royal Yacht Club of Gran Canaria, the Lithuanian Karolis Janulionis was classified.

In the RS: X 8.5 class, Javier Rodríguez achieved the victory with the same points as Magüi Suárez and only eight points away from Luis Lucas Santa Maria.

In Techno 293 OD, the sailor Claudia Lorenzo was the winner followed by Cristina Marcello and Eduardo Acevedo.

Elias  Aretz and Pablo Garcia in 420 did not leave the first place from the first day of competition, achieving a comfortable victory over the rest of fourteen participating crews. Following the winners, the couples formed by Wichy Hernández-Nahuel Rodríguez and Patricia Reino-Carlota Hopkins.

Like the class 420 winners, the crew formed by Andrés Barrio and Néstor Vega, remained at the head of the 29er class, followed closely by the Norwegian Alexander Klippenberg and Jeppe Nilsen and by the Sisters Paula and Elena Barrio.

Class F18 was dominated by representatives of Germany. The winners were Helge and Christian Sach, in second position Justus Wolf next to Max Said and third Robert Schütz with Vreni VonderWülbecke.

The current champion of Europe, Gustavo del Castillo with his crew Felipe Llinares, finally managed to impose on the crew formed by Rafael del Castillo-Helenio Hoyos and Fernando Marrero-Samuel Diaz.

Finland’s Anna Liisa Oxby finished first, ahead of compatriot Jussi Ahlstrom and Kimmo Pasanen in 2.4mR and Hansa 303 Double the victory was scored by Rosa Padrón-Luis Poladura, ahead of Daniel Llaca and Ana Díaz.

The price giving ceremony took place in the halls of the Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria and put the end to the Canary Olympic Sailing Week, which has proved a sporting and organizational success according to the words of the sailors and coaches.

Overall winner

This year, as a novelty, it’s worth noting that a special trophy will be awarded to the absolute winner. It takes the name of Manolo Pazos, a magnificent coach who obtained for this Club the greatest triumphs in the world of sailing.

The winners of this award were Elias Aretz and Pablo Garcia, in 420. They achieve this trophy after having evaluated, among other factors, the number of participants in their class and who have performed a large number of tests.

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