First taste of Cadiz

As Olympic contenders line up for March's Carnival Race

Friday February 21st 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected
Not even the most optimistic forecasts by the organisers, Deporte Andaluz and the Mundo Vela Consoritum, regarding the number of boats taking part in the Carnival, hinted at such a high number of entries for the III Carnival Race, which will be held in the Bay of Cadiz, between 6-9 March

The competition, which is considered to be the first real test of the shore and water teams that will be involved in the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships in September this year, is going to be a real test event, thanks to the presence of teams from 22 countries and the level of the sailors taking part.

Even though they are still over six months to the combined Worlds of the various Olympic classes, which is considered to be the most important sailing event of the year, the waters of the Bay of Cadiz are already a training ground for some of the best sailors in the work, who want to learn every detail of the race areas, where they will be competing for the title of World Champions later this year.

The great importance of this event is the reason why so many of the leaders of the current ISAF ranking have entered to be at the starting of line of a race, the Carnival Regatta, which has become an important international event in just three years.

Countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium, France, the United States, Austria, Greece, Russia, Canada, Poland, Ukraine, Holland, and, of course, Spain will be represented by some of their best sailors. One of the main reasons for taking part is for the sailors to get to know the respective bases for the 2003 ISAF Sailing World Championships from the 11th to 25th September.

The race has attracted sailors such as Britain’s Paul Goodison (1st ranking 2002) and Edward Wright (3rd) in the Laser class, or Greece’s Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa, first in the 2002 ISAF ranking in 470 W, without forgetting that some of the best teams in the world in the 49er class will also be taking part.

The 23 crews that have already confirmed their presence at the Carnival Race include names such as Iker Martínez/Xavier Fernández (1st ISAF ranking), Luka Rodino/George Leonchuk (2nd), Santi López/Javier de la Plaza (3rd ), Paul Brotherton/Mark Asquith (4th), Chris Draper/Simon Hiscocks (5th) and Alister Richardson/Meter Greenhalgh (6th), teams that will ensure a level of competition that is a true taster of the worlds.

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