Enticing international yachting to the Canaries

Nico Martinez / Audi MedCup
Daniel Calero discusses his move from the GP42 to the RC44
A team in transition this winter is that of the Calero family’s Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. Brothers Daniel, 30 and Jose Juan, 33, have competed in the GP42 class for four seasons, won the class on the Audi MedCup in 2009 and ended up second last season. But with the GP42s set to be replaced on that circuit in favour of the one design Soto 40s this year, so their days in the GP42 class are numbered and their boat is currently up for sale. Daniel Calero is hugely enthusiastic about the RC44 circuit. His team has been involved since 2009 when they finished 7th while they ended up 9th in 2010 albeit in an enlarged fleet. “The level is really high so as soon as you commit any small error you are paying for everything,” states Daniel Calero. The two boats are markedly different. While the GP42 is a proper ‘yacht’ capable of sailing offshore, the RC44 is more a nimble inshore/lake racer, lighter with more sail area and optimised ideally for racing in light to moderate breeze and flat water. “The classes and boats are completely different,” agrees Daniel Calero. “The RC44s are narrower and they are faster and also in light conditions are faster. I think in terms of square metres of sails, the RC44 is bigger. It is a very physical boat to sail as well and the way you hike is completely different. I like it a lot, this boat. In my opinion it is not the perfect boat for everyone - the RC44 is really good boat, but there are people who say it would be better with a fixed bowsprit. “The GP42 is more like a regular boat. It is incredible the speed in 30 knots of wind and 2m waves for