First day of racing for the 6-Metre fleet on Friday on the Ría de Pontevedra with the Spanish Championship title up for grabs
Three days of competition and six races will decide the new winner of the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta. The 6-Metre fleet, divided into the Classics and Open divisions, are counting down the hours to being on the water for the start of the big event, which will decide the new Spanish Championship title for the class. 31 teams from eleven nationalities will be lining up on the start line; the most international edition to date, and a vital event for the teams looking ahead to the Xacobeo 6mR Europeans coming next week. On Saturday, students from the National Centre for Adapted Sailing will also be competing.
On Thursday, Sanxenxo saw the last day of boat measurements, completion of registrations and the finishing touches to RCNS installations. However, Friday is the day, where the Race Committee will be sounding the first start gun on the Ria de Pontevedra for the teams disputing the title in the two 6-Metre divisions. Depending on conditions, the six programmed windward-leeward races, may be situated in the Ria with the start line close to the club, or opposite the Island of Ons. Currently the forecast promises three days of light winds that will mean the fleet giving their all in the fight for the national title.
“Bribon 500” and “Seljm” to defend the title among an international fleet
After a year without racing due to the pandemic, 2019 was the actual last edition of the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta. Pedro Campos’ “Bribon 500” and Patrick Monteiro’s Portuguese “Seljm” were the winners of the 6-Metre class in the Classics and Open divisions respectively
This year, following an impressive track record in the different events of the Copa de España held in Sanxenxo, the two teams continue to be among the favourites for the title, although they are well aware that it will be no easy task. The two teams line up with the rest of the impressive fleet habitually racing on the Ria de Pontevedra, as well as teams from France and Finland (two of the countries with the most active and competitive fleet in Europe), Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Holland and Canada.
The action begins on Friday at 14:00 horas, in the Ría de Pontevedra.