Carnival time

Olympic sailors have their taste of racing in Cadiz

Tuesday March 4th 2003, Author: Modesto Sanchez, Location: none selected
This coming Thursday, 6 March, the starting signal will be given for the III Carnival Race in the Bay of Cadiz, which will bring together some of the best sailors in the world in the different Olympic Classes.

This year’s race will also provide this sailors with the opportunity to visit the bases and discover the prevailing winds and currents in the various race areas that will be used during the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships from the 11 and 25th September.
Once the Athens Eurolymp finished, many teams confirmed that they would be ttending the Cadiz race. The sailors starting in the Yngling class will include the British teams, skipped by Shirley Robertson, Lizzie Edwards and Cathy Foster.

The Mistral race area, which will be one of the ones with the largest number of sailors on the start line, will not be the setting for the test event for the Worlds, but also for the Spanish Cup for the Youth and Junior categories of this class, which means that the best sailors in Spain will have the opportunity to compete against such international figures as Poland’s Przemek Miarczynski and Piotr Myszka, or the British sailors, Dominic Tidley and Nick Dempsey.

The women’s class will include Spain’s Blanca Manchon, second in the Athens Eurolymp, and some of the top sailors in ISAF ranking, such as Poland’s Anna Raczyk and Agata Brygola and France’s Synthia Gros.

On the other hand, the twelve crews making up the Tornado fleet at this event organised by the Mundo Vela Consortium and Deporte Andaluz, include some of the teams that were among the top ten in the 2002 ISAF ranking. Britain’s Hugh Styles and Adam May and Leigh MacMillan and Mark Bulkeley will provide a spectacular display of sailing in their respective catamarans.

Displays of top-class sailing are also guaranteed in the Europe Class, with 107 entries for the III Carnival Race, thanks to the presence of sailors such as Manon Borsi (FRA), who finished third in Athens, or Spain’s Neus Garriga, Olympic Diploma in Sydney 2000, who will be setting the pace for a fleet made up of the world’s top sailors in this class, such as Norway’s Siren Sundby (10th 2002 ISAF ranking).

The organisers are continuing to work hard to ensure that all the technical and human resources are in place by next Thursday to ensure that this test event, from the 6th to 9th March, is highly successful and sets the tone for the organisation of the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships.

Seven race areas, three bases around the Bay of Cadiz, press offices, race committees, rescue, judges and juries, course setters, volunteers, Protocol teams, measurers, weather forecasters, transport services, Press boats, are just of the aspects that will be an opportunity to show off the level of professionalism of the five hundred people involved in running the III Carnival Race in this part of southern Europe.

These aspects will be analysed and perfected with the aim of ensuring that the Bay of Cadiz is the setting of the best joint ISAF World Championships of the Olympic Classes.

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