Gold among boys Martin Attila from Latvia, among girls the victory was celebrated Maria Perelló Mora from Mallorca
At the Royal yacht club of Valencia ended the second season of the international children’s regatta OptiOrange Valencia. After three days of racing the victory in the overall ranking of the more than 300 participants celebrated Latvian athlete Martin Attila, and among the girls defeated twice world champion Maria Perelló Mora from Mallorca. Best of Russians finished the regatta Vyacheslav Marcus – 28th place overall.
Initiated by the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg as a sparring Petersburg and Valencia yachtsmen, regatta OptiOrange Valencia in the second year of existence increased the participants four times. If in 2018 in the framework of OptiOrange Valencia competed about 80 athletes, then in March 2019 in Valencia net profit of 320 participants, representing 16 countries.
The participants were impressed by the number of titles. The vast Spanish fleet, which was at least a dozen clubs in the country, was led by twice world champion Maria Perelló Mora from Mallorca, and the Vice-champion of Europe David Santacru Traves from the island of Tenerife.
Belgium was represented in almost full squad. Ireland was sent to Valencia top 5 of the national championship, including the winner of the championship of Ireland among juniors. More than 10 athletes were great Britain, Poland, Italy. Five athletes were sent Switzerland, the Netherlands. Was attended by overseas participants: team Cayman and Bermuda, and Mexico.
The Russians were the second largest team. Mainly, it included the St. Petersburg Academy sailing team “Rout”, but there were also athletes from other regions.
Competition OptiOrange Valencia started on the 8th of March in light winds, which for that part of the fleet was profitable. The early leader of the standings was Jaime Ayarza Montenegro (Canary Islands), who won all three races the first day. In the women’s standings, projected the first was titled Maria Perelló, however in overall table, she was only ninth.
The wind in the second and third days of the competition have brought significant changes in the standings. Early leader Jaime Ayarza Montenegro unsuccessfully spent the final day, but still had to retire from the last race. Also early termination of the performance and his teammate Javier OHADA that after the eighth race headed the overall standings, but had moved into third place in the men’s standings at the end of the competition.
On the contrary, during all the days progressed surely a future winner of the competition Latvian Martin Attila. On the first day he was sixth, then climbed to fourth, and finally, thanks to two victories on the final day, finished first.
In the women’s standings reigned Supreme Maria Perelló Mora, in the General standings, she has risen from the ninth place on the first day to the second – in the final. An even longer way to the podium did a teammate Maria Nicola Sadler, who took second place in the women’s standings and won the competition for the younger athletes (under 13 years). Nicola started outside the top ten, but was able to circumvent senior rivals to finish with two medals.
The winners of the first season OptiOrange Valencia, “academics” Maxim Shaposhnikov and Arkady Pockets already changed the class of the yachts. In the new season, the Russian team is much younger now, and for kids the rivalry with titled Europeans were more than helpful. Six Russian athletes entered the “Golden” fleet, and the best result was demonstrated by Vyacheslav Martus – 28-I line. The representative of the sailing dynasty have one coming in the top three and overall was consistent for all days of the regatta.
“To compete with experienced rivals from Europe is very useful for our younger youth, says the competition coach program Optipro Sergey Semenov, – here all the errors are immediately obvious. For our emerging children is an invaluable experience, especially before the start of the season.”
In addition to the actual competition, OptiOrange Valencia was full of a variety of entertainment events for young athletes. Every day after racing, in addition to delicious paella and fresh orange juice, the children participated in different activities sailing festival. Culminating in the drawing of the new yacht class “Optimist” among all participants. The owner of such a valuable prize was Herman Villalba, Rebolo from Cartagena.
“I believe that in this season we achieved all the goals, – says the Managing Director of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg Denis Pilipenko – our initiative OptiOrange Valencia was supported by a large number of schools in Europe; thanks to the excellent conditions of Valencia, we managed not to disappoint the participants and to hold the maximum number of races, that is, the winner was determined deservedly; among other things, we managed to make friends with guys from different countries, and this is just priceless. I’m sure next year we will make the regatta even better, even more popular and interesting for participants.”
Sponsors of the regatta – Garmin, North Sails, ZuMEX and Sailing Cuack.
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