iShares Cup for 2010

Telefonica Black skipper and Beijing Tornado Gold medallist Fernando Echavarri discusses his future
Readers of thedailysail will recognise that we try to divide content up between ‘offshore’, ‘inshore’ and ‘dinghy’, so when it comes to Fernando Echavarri we have some major deliberating to do. On the one hand this weekend he was competing aboard an Extreme 40 in his first iShares Cup regatta down in Almeria in the south of his native Spain (he lives in Santander in the north), but this summer he completed the Volvo Ocean Race as skipper of Telefonica Black while shortly before the start of the Volvo he returned from Beijing with a gold medal in the Tornado to add to his two World Championship titles in the former Olympic catamaran. El problemo. A multihull nut, Echavarri was enthusing about the Extreme 40s as we sat down on the first floor terrace of the VIP lounge at the iShares Cup overlooking the Almeria race course on one side and the sizable area for spectators on the other, complete with bars, the stage for the rock concert that took place on Saturday night and the orchestra on Sunday night, etc. “It is really good,” said Echavarri of the event where he ended up an uncharacteristic second last, due to inexperience in the Extreme 40 and not helped by a broken bowsprit on the second day of racing. “We’re just thinking that we would like to have one probably for next year. We have been a bit unlucky here, but I think we can be there for next year. We have to work this winter to identify the funding and get the sponsors to make a proper campaign. It will be difficult because of the [economic] crisis, but I think it is a good project to sell to sponsors.” While 37 year old Echavarri has spent 10 years campaigning Tornados with his