This past weekend the third event of the International Barcelona Winter Series was held in the waters of the Catalan capital, organized by the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona. Despite the difficult wind conditions, the regatta committee managed to complete a total of 9 races. On Friday a gentle breeze of 4-5 knots of 70º blew, allowing to dispute three tests with many roles and loose pressures. The provisional podium was headed by the canaries of the “Monjo Sailing Team”, sponsored by Autolica-Tropicfeel-Kahaway, followed by the “Tenaz” that this time was skippered by Rayco Tabares from Lanzarote and in third position the Russians from the “Tenzor Legal”.
On Saturday the same difficult conditions were repeated and only two tests could be played with two wins for the same Russian team and a 2nd and a 3rd for the Canaries while “Tenaz” closed the day with a 5th and a 2nd, which made The same podium as the first day was maintained but with five boats in a handkerchief very close in points, “Bodega Can Marlés” by Jorge Martínez Doreste and the “Alcaidesa Marina” by his brother Gustavo M.
Doreste, who would end up winning the last two rounds of the championship flawlessly. On Sunday, the last day of the regatta, the wind rolled to the south and they began to sail with a gentle 5-6 knots of intensity of 210º that during the day was increasing to 10-11 knots and rolling to 220. The last day being marked by a more stable wind with few pressure changes and less exaggerated roles.
After three days of good regattas in Barcelona, the classification of the third event held in December ended with “Tenaz” by Pablo Garriga and Rayco Tabares at the controls as champion, followed in second place by the Russians from “Tenzor Legal” by Mikhail Yatsun and in third place the “Monjo Sailing Team” by Luis Martínez Doreste.
The countries participating in these International Winter Series have been England, Germany, Poland, Russia and Spain. This edition has seen an increase in international teams and it is expected that for the regatta scheduled for January, the 16 boats registered in this championship will continue to rise, with our country being an attractive place for crews from the rest of Europe.
The general classification after the events held in October, November and December, with a total of 23 races, is led by the Canaries from Luis Martínez Doreste’s “Monjo Sailing Team” and under the necklaces of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria and the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife with a total of 53 points, followed just two points behind Pablo Garríga’s “Tenaz” who also competes for the RCNB, in third position remains “Bodega Can Marlés” from the young Luis M Doreste of the Vilanova Yacht Club, in fourth position are the English from Tony Hayward and Mark Lees (RTYC) “Seriousfun” and in fifth position goes the “News” of Luis Martín Cabiedes (RCNB) and last European Champion of the class J70.
The next regattas of this disputed international competition are always planned with 3 days of competition, the next dates being from January 21 to 23, February 25 to 27 and March 25 to 27. Then the International Barcelona Spring Series will start during the spring months, the Conde de Godó Trophy, the Spanish Championship in Dénia, the King’s Cup (Palma de Mallorca), the European Championship in Hyeres (France) and the World Championship in Monaco. Simultaneously in the Vigo estuary, the regattas of the other J70 national fleet are held monthly, which shows the good health of this class in our country and that it has more and more boats at an international level. Let’s hope that the Spanish teams will leave the flag high in the 2022 season and continue to demonstrate the high level of our sailors internationally.