2017 World Cup Series Hyères, día 4. Los españoles Diego Botín y Iago Lopez ganan anticipado en 49er. Dos equipos argentinos entran a la Medal Race.


Diego Botín y Iago Lopez de España, ganan por anticipado en clase 49er luego de un desastroso día para los ingleses hasta ayer lideres.

Los españoles Fernando Echávarri y Tara Pacheco, lideres en Nacra 17.

Linda foto de Mateo Majdalani y Eugenia Bosco, undecimos en la general. Afuera de la Medal por una posición pero a once puntos del décimo. Gran campaña de todas maneras de los argentinos en su segundo campeonato internacional.

Yago y Klaus Lange llegan 4tos a la Medal race y con chances de llegar a plata. Cruzemos los dedos y hagamos fuerza, se merecen el podio.

Vicky Travascio y Sol Branz entran sextas a la medal race pero sin chances de podio. Lo importante creo es poder seguir estando en esa “elite” de las diez mejores del mundo (¡que no es poca cosa!).

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For immediate release: Friday 28 April 2017
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Chaos reigns in the Laser Radial

Sailors are always thrilled when they have a return of straight race victories. Then there are times when they are happy to come out in one piece, still within touching distance of the medals.

That was the case today at Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France as chaos reigned in the Laser Radial fleet.

The competition in Hyères reached a critical stage on Friday with Medal Races imminent.

Saturday’s racing will see the see the skiffs, windsurfers, multihulls and foiling kiteboarders fight for the medals after a day that saw all the competitors make a final dash to reach the top ten.

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2017 World Cup Series Hyères, día 3.



Damien Seguin, lider absoluto en clase 2.4 m

El danes Nic-Heiner, sólido lider en clase Finn

Victoria Jurczok y Anika Lorenz, segundas en clase 49er FX y ganando las tres regatas del día. Las argentinas Travascio – Branz en el 5to. puesto, siguen prendidas bien arriba.

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For immediate release: Thursday 27 April 2017
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Heiner’s consistency pays dividends in Hyères

Nicholas Heiner’s (NED) consistency in the Finn is equalling success at Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France.

Out of the 534 racers from 52 nations, racing across the ten Olympic events, Foiling Formula Kiteboarding and 2.4 Norlin OD, Heiner has been one of the most reliable performers with a string of top five finishes to lead in the Finn.

Racing in a 7-13 knot breeze that took some time to fill in, the second regatta of the 2017 World Cup Series reached its mid-point and the battle to make Saturday and Sunday’s live Medal Races is on.

In only his third Finn regatta, Heiner had another consistent day of racing to take the lead in a fleet packed full of experienced racers.

Although he’s a fresh face in the Finn, the Dutchman is no stranger to competitive racing. He is a former Laser World Champion and used to racing in competitive fleets. Moving into a new boat can always be challenging for a sailor but Heiner has thrived in the Finn after making the crossover.

From Thursday’s racing, he picked up a second and a fifth and made all the right calls on a challenging day. “The wind was coming in and falling out all the time, but when we finally started it really kicked in to around 12 knots. Close to the start though I made a quick call to change the sail from the light wind to the medium heavy and I think that paid off well for me.”

Heiner is staying conservative in his racing, ensuring he has good boat handling and technique amongst the experienced pack. The natural, talented fearless sailor that sailed his way to an emphatic Laser world title in 2014 is yet to come out in Heiner. But for now, he is happy with his progress, “At moments, I think I saw some pressure coming and maybe tacked a bit early when I could have taken more risks. The idea is to keep it really conservative and stay with the pack right now.”

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2017 World Cup Series Hyères, día 2.



Ben-Cornish, lider en clase Finn.

Zegers y Van-Veen, intratables en clase 470.

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For immediate release: Wednesday 26 April 2017
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Zegers and van Veen show how it’s done

Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) were unstoppable on day two of Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France, winning both Women’s 470 races in convincing style.

Out of the 534 competitors from 52 nations racing across ten Olympic events, Open Kiteboarding and 2.4 Norlin OD, the Dutch team were the standout performers.

Following a brief morning postponement due to a wait for the wind, the 470 fleets got out for a 12:30 start, sailing in a westerly 10-15 knot breeze.

Zegers and van Veen were unrelenting, sailing their way to two convincingly victories to leapfrog Switzerland’s Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler into first place.

The Dutch duo are on a hot streak in the Women’s 470, winning gold at the opening 2017 World Cup Series event in Miami, USA before securing the Trofeo Princesa Sofia title in March.

They were agonisingly close to claiming a medal at Rio 2016, missing out by a single point and as their rivals have gone onto new ventures or taken time out of the boat, Zegers and van Veen were quick to get straight back into action.

“We already knew we wanted to continue as a team,” explained van Veen. “It was an easy choice to carry on.

“Since the beginning of the year at the World Cup in Miami we have made a lot of improvements, we still know there is a lot of work to be done but we feel like great improvements have been made.”

Zegers and van Veen got off to a strong start in both of their races and when compared to their rivals they were simply faster as van Veen explained, “We had good boat speed in the first race and from there we just tried to defend the lead and stay in front of the fleet which we did well.

“In the second race, we had a really good start from the pin and got the lead straight from that. We just played the shifts then.”

Watch, analyse and assess Zegers and van Veen’s races using the SAP Sailing Analytics. 
A familiar battle is developing in the Men’s 470 with Rio 2016 silver and bronze medallists separated by small margins. Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis were made to settle for bronze at Rio 2016, beaten to silver by Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS).

The tables have turned, for now, in Hyères as the Greek team hold the lead on five points to the Australia’s seven. Both crews posted identical results on day two, recording a first and a third but the Greek team had a better opening day with a race win and a fifth to take the lead.

On the rivalry with the Australians, Kagialis said, “It is always nice to race against people like Mat and Will as they are top athletes. When the level is higher you try more and you push more so it’s nice.

“It makes the sport better.

“Our goal is always to get a medal. You do your best in the regatta and if you are up there near the end you then get to choose which medal you can push for. It’s still early though, we have three days of racing before we get to that point.”

An interesting battle is developing in the Nacra 17 as the top three continue to fight for supremacy.

Five points separate Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA), Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco (ESP) and Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lubeck (DEN). The trio shared the day’s race wins and have put some points between themselves and fourth place.

“We had good starts and took the right side so it was a good day for us,” said Lubeck who had a steady day with a 1-(8)-2 scoreline. Ea Cenholt added, “We had an offshore tricky wind but we succeeded in what was important for us, to be at near the top of the fleet at the top mark.”

From a three-way fight to a three-way tie, Great Britain’s Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell, Argentina’s Yago and Klaus Lange and Spain’s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez are all locked on 16-points apiece in the 49er.

The trio scored a good set of ‘keepers’ on the second day, discarding their worst race which for all three was race one.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) had another consistent day to consolidate their lead. Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) shone the brightest, however, winning a pair of races and claiming a fifth. As a result, they move into second place ahead of Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz (GER).

Six further races were conducted in the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding and the perfect records held by Axel Mazella (FRA) and Nicolas Parlier (FRA) were crushed in the opening race of the day. Mazella finished second in the blue fleet and Parlier third in yellow.

That was, however, just one blip on the record as they got back to winning ways immediately after, taking the remaining five victories in their respective fleets. They are tied on 10 points at the top with Maxime Nocher (MON) following nine points behind.

From two Finn races, a 5-4 from Ben Cornish (GBR) and a 4-2 from Nicholas Heiner (NED) sees the pair tied at the top on ten points. The day’s race victories went the way of Jorge Zarif (BRA) who is 11th overall and the sixth placed Ed Wright (GBR).

Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen is making her first competitive appearance back in the Laser Radial after finishing fifth at Rio 2016. Any cobwebs were blown off on the opening day as she won the opening race. A mid-fleet finish followed but Tenkanen was back on form on Wednesday, winning another race. She leads on ten points, two ahead of Belgium’s Evi Van Acker. Maria Erdi (HUN) and Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU) are tied for third on 13 points.

Damien Seguin (FRA) and Xavier Dagault (FRA) shared the 2.4 Norlin OD race wins. Seguin, the Rio 2016 and Athens 2004 Paralympic gold medallist leads the 12-boat fleet on three points and is trailed by Dagault and Bruno Jourdren (FRA).

As the day progressed in Hyères, the breeze began to decrease meaning the Laser and RS:X fleets could only complete one race in a challenging, fickle afternoon session.

Shahar Zubari (ISR) took the men’s race win and moves to second overall, one point behind Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) who consolidated first place with a third. Overnight Women’s RS:X leader Noga Geller (ISR) remains in control following a third. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (POL) pulled within one point of the Israeli with a second. The single race win went the way of Patricia Freitas (BRA).

Sam Meech (NZL) moved from 11th to fourth overall as he took the single Laser race win. Pavlos Kontides (CYP) retains his lead by discarding his 14th. Nick Thompson (GBR) follows and Francesco Marrai (ITA) is in third.

Racing continues Thursday 26 April at 11:00 local time. Live Medal Races will be shown on the World Sailing YouTube Channel on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April, bringing the penultimate event before the Santander Final to a close.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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2017 World Cup Series Hyères, día 1. La palabra de los protagonistas, Yago y Klaus Lange (49er) y Vicky Travascio (junto a Sol Branz en 49er FX).


Klaus primero, y Yago despues, nos cuentan su primer día de regatas en Francia que los tiene como lideres parciales en clase 49er FX.


Vicky Travascio y un breve resumen del primer día de regatas que las tiene (junto a Sol Branz) en el segundo puesto provisional en clase 49er FX.

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2017 World Cup Series Hyères, día 1. Yago y Klaus Lange lideran en 49er.




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For immediate release: Tuesday 25 April 2017
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Laying down a marker

Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging rights as the second event of the 2017 series got underway in Hyères, France.

Events cannot be won on the first day in sailing but they can certainly be lost. So, in a stable 8-11 knot south easterly breeze, it was vital that those aiming for the top honours laid down a marker with consistent race results.

In the 38 strong Women’s Windsurfer fleet, Israel’s Noga Geller came out flying with superb starts and speed. Feeling comfortable in the conditions, she snapped up the first two race wins. “It was between 10-12 knots and good for planing downwind. The conditions were just like home for me so these are my favourite conditions,” Geller explained on her secret to success.

“I was a bit nervous before but winning the first race is always nice and then winning the second was great.”

Having won the first two races in the RS:X fleet, Geller was aiming for a perfect day but a bad start in the third bout of the day meant she was unable to assert herself as she had been doing.

Geller finished in 22nd place, quite the comedown from her flying start. So what happened? “I didn’t start well,” said the Israeli, simply. “I was on the wrong side and then I couldn’t catch up so it was a really average race for me.

“In these conditions it’s that simple. If you don’t start well and you don’t have a free line then you can’t get your speed. It’s so important to get a good start.”

She concluded with a smile, “You can’t have everything.”

Geller discards her 22nd and leads the way on two points. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (POL) and Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) follow. The day’s other race win went the way of China’s Yunxiu Lu, winner at the World Cup Series in Miami, USA.

In the Men’s RS:X, Switzerland’s Mateo Sanz Lanz had a wonderfully consistent day, winning two races that were sandwiched with a fourth. Like Geller, he put the key to success on the day down to a good start, “As soon as you get clean wind you can get free and choose whichever side you want,” he explained. “It’s the one thing that makes a huge difference to where you finish.

“I’m happy as it was a tough day of pumping all the time in gusty conditions. But I managed to start with clean wind and sailed fast.”

South American sailors occupy the top two places in the 49erFX.

Rio 2016 Olympic champions Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) lead on three points and Victoria Travascio and Maria Branz (ARG) follow on four.

The Brazilians are the ones to beat in the 49erFX having added Miami gold to their collection after Rio 2016. They got off to the best start in the 20-boat 49erFX fleet, collecting a 1-2-(4) scoreline.

Travascio and Branz were hot on the heels of the Brazilians on day one, finishing third in the opening bout and backing it up with a race win immediately after. They finished the day with a discarded 12th but are pleased to be on the tails of the Olympic champions, “It was really windy and wavy today but it was good,” expressed Travascio.

“I’m happy we got off to a good start. We had two good races but then a bad third race. We went to the right when we really should have gone to the left. Overall we are happy though.”

There were some mixed scorelines in the 49er pack but it’s another South American contingent who lead the way. Brothers Yago and Klaus Lange from Argentina top the leaderboard on three points and World Cup Miami winners Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell (GBR) follow one point behind.

Pavlos Kontides (CYP) came out firing in the 60-boat Laser fleet, winning both of the days races. Good boat speed and positioning at the startline enabled Kontides to be within the leading positions at the top mark in both races. From there he was able to use his speed to take a lead at the first gate, in both races, and subsequently he dominated from there.

Watch the races back on the SAP Sailing Analytics to see how Kontides asserted himself.

Nick Thompson (GBR) and Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Tom Burton (AUS) kept Kontides in sight in both races. Thompson picked up a 3-2 and Burton a 4-5.

In the Laser Radial, Evi Van Acker (BEL) posted two strong results as she bids to defend her Hyères crown. A third and a first gives her an eight point advantage over Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU). World Cup Miami winner Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) had a mixed day with a 35th and fourth. Sailors’ worst races will be discarded after the third race so a good performance on Wednesday will propel the Greek racer up the leaderboard.

2.4 Norlin OD Paralympic Champion Damien Seguin (FRA) got off to a flyer in the 12-boat fleet. Seguin posted double bullets and has an early four-point advantage over compatriot Xavier Dagault and Italy’s Antonio Squizzato.

Seguin has thrived in Hyères throughout his sailing career, winning gold six times. Winning a record seventh title will set the French racer up nicely for the upcoming Para World Sailing Championships in Kiel, Germany where he will be aiming for a fifth world title.

Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) controlled the Nacra 17, picking up a (4)-1-2 scorecard to lead on three points. Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lubeck (DEN) and defending champions Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco (ESP) follow on six points.

In their first regatta together, Billy Besson, the four time Nacra 17 World Champion, and new crew Amelie Riou got off to a slow start with an 18th and 11th. By the third race, the pair were flying and took the race win.

Great Britain’s Ben Cornish and France’s Fabian Pic shared the race wins in the 34-boat Finn fleet. Cornish holds an early lead after he backed his race win up with a sixth and Pic sits in fourth after an 11th.

French racers Nicolas Parlier and Axel Mazella dominated their respective blue and yellow fleets in the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding. The pair won every single race, beating World Champion racers Maxime Nocher (MON) and Florian Gruber (GER) respectively.

In the 470 fleets, Rio 2016 bronze medallists Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) lead the men’s division and Switzerland’s Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler are in control in the women’s after two races each.

Racing continues on Wednesday 26 April at 11:00 local time. Live Medal Races will be shown on the World Sailing YouTube Channel on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April, bringing the penultimate event before the Santander Final to a close.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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2017 World Cup Series Hyères, segunda cita olímpica del año.


Tamara Echegoyen, Sofia Toro y Angela Pumariega festejando el oro obtenido en Londres 2012. Hoy la actualidad sorprende con el nuevo team de 470 español que tendrá a Sofía al timón y Angela al trapecio.

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For immediate release: Wednesday 19 April 2017
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Back to the future

When round two of the 2017 World Cup Series takes place in Hyères, France from 23 – 30 April, many attending sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of an Olympic podium. To reach such a feat is the pinnace for all Olympic class sailors and the need to return to that feeling drives them to return to the World Cup circuit and campaign for the next Olympiad.

Tamara Echegoyen, Sofia Toro and Angela Pumariega won gold in the Women’s Match Racing at London 2012 but as the class was replaced with the 49erFX, a Women’s Skiff, for Rio 2016 they had to look elsewhere for their Olympic sailing thrill.

Echegoyen made it to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro in the 49erFX but her gold medal winning team mates, Toro and Pumariega were not so lucky in the Women’s 470.

Toro failed to make the first South American Games with Nora Brugman and Pumariega suffered the same fate with Patricia Cantero Reina. But now at the 2017 World Cup Series Hyères the two former team mates and Olympic champions will join forces to take a tilt at Tokyo 2020. It may be a different boat, but why change something that has worked before.

Following disappointment at missing out on her country’s Olympic 470 selection, Pumariega took some time out for some relaxation and to decide her next move, “When I didn’t qualify Rio 2016 I spent the summer sailing in other classes and trying to enjoy the water without the stress that comes with the final months of a campaign. My idea was always to continue with another Olympic campaign, but it was difficult to find a good crew for the 470 that motivated me to sail hard the next four years.”

Despite wanting to campaign again, it wasn’t until a phone call from her old friend Toro that Pumariega finally overcame her doubts and made the commitment, “At the end of the 2016 I took some photos of my boats to sell them. Then I got a phone call from Sofía. She asked me to be her crew but I thought she was joking because I’m very slim. But she wasn’t, she was totally serious!”

Both Toro and Pumariega took the helming duties in their previous 470 partnerships, but with Pumariega now locked in as crew, the gold medallist is looking forward to getting back to what she knows, even if it has changed a little, “Being crew in the 470 is a very nice challenge. Although I have sailed most of my career as crew it’s the first time with the trapeze.”

Both sailors have proved they have pedigree and are winners at the highest level and at a time when some partnerships take a break after a tough Olympic campaign the Spanish pair have time to get back in that winning groove they had in the past and know so well. Hyères presents an opportunity to start making the journey to the top step of the Olympic podium again.

The team Toro and Pumariega, and it seems everyone, need to beat at the moment are the World #1 Dutch team of Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes Van Veen. The pair are on a winning streak taking gold at Round 1 of the World Cup Series in Miami and the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. You wouldn’t bet against them to make it three in a row in France.

Looking closer to home for the Spanish Olympic medallist the competition will be with the team that beat her to Rio 2016 selection, Barbara Cornudella Ravetllat and Sara Lopez Ravetllat, as well as the Miami bronze medallist Silvia Mas Depares. Depares does however come to Hyères with a different crew from that third-place finish. Pumariega’s previous crew, Reina, will join her in the boat in France.

Across in the Men’s 470 there are two Rio 2016 medallists on the start line, Australia’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan took Olympic silver and Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis took bronze.

Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020, Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi (JPN) have got off to a flier in the quad leading up to their home Olympics with a silver medal in Miami followed by a gold in Palma, Mallorca, Spain at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. There is still a long way to go before the medals are handed out in Tokyo, but the early signs are looking good for the pair.

The World Cup Series Miami medallists all return in the Finn. Jorge Zarif (BRA) topped the podium with a strong regatta followed by Ben Cornish (GBR) in second and Anders Pedersen (NOR) in third.

Zarif held a winning margin of 28 points over the field last time out, but this time around he will have home country favourite Jonathan Lobert to contend with as well as the Netherlands’ Nicolas Heiner who continues learning his trade in the Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy since moving up from the Laser.

The Laser field that Heiner has left behind is looking strong yet again with a who’s who of leading sailors. Matt Wearn (AUS). Nick Thompson (GBR). Pavlos Kontides (CYP). Philip Buhl (GER). And we haven’t even got to the Rio 2016 podium yet.

Australia’s Tom Burton, Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic and New Zealand’s Sam Meech will all be on the start line looking to add to their summer Olympic medals.

France’s Jean Baptiste Bernaz dominated World Cup Series Miami, but can he continue that form against a stellar field in front of his home crowd? We will know soon enough.

Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) won her first major Laser Radial title in Miami and the Greek sailor will be heading to France to prove that it was not just a one hit wonder.

It could be a tough ask to win again though as Rio 2016 champion Marit Bouwmeester (NED) returns to the fleet to join London 2012 medallist Evi Van Acker (BEL) in another strong line up.

Other notable entrees include 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Champion Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) and Trofeo Princesa Sofia winner Dongshuang Zhang (CHN).

France’s poster boy for Paralympic sailing, Damien Seguin, is the stand out name in the 2.4 Norlin OD field as he looks to add yet another medal to his impressive and ever growing collection.

With Paralympic stalwart Helena Lucas absent, Great Britain’s Will Street and Carol Dugdale will look to step up and take the British fight to the Rio 2016 Paralympic champion.

Also on the start line with Paralympic experience will be Italy’s Antonio Squizzato and Austria’s Sven Reiger.

Racing begins in Hyères, France on the 23 April and concludes with two days of LIVE Medal Races on 29 and 30 April 2017.

By Richard Aspland – World Sailing

Team Majdalani – Bosco probando el nuevo Nacra 17 MKII con foils, el barco para Tokio 2020.

Mail de Mateo Majdalani, timonel del Nacra 17 que integra con Eugenia Bosco.

Te cuento un poco de nuestro campaña:

Arrancamos con Euge este año la campaña para intentar clasificar a los Juegos de Tokyo 2020. Hasta ahora sólo hicimos un entrenamiento en Brasil de 40 días con Joao Bulhoes y fuimos a competir a Palma de Mallorca la semana pasada. Ahora después de acá vamos a Hyeres a correr la World Cup. Y luego ya comenzamos con el barco nuevo, que lamentablemente solo nos lo pueden entregar en agosto así que estamos consiguiendo barco de otros equipos para poder entrenar antes. Estamos muy contentos y motivados, y a la vez conscientes de que esto es un proceso largo y recién empieza.
Ahora estamos en Holanda probando la nueva versión del Nacra 17 que se empezará a usar a partir de julio. Tiene foils en el timón y las orzas (en forma de z). El botalon es un poco más corto y el gennaker se modificó y ahora es más plano. Son muchos los cambios y vamos a tener que aprender a navegar el barco de nuevo.
Estamos probando en un lugar con muy poca ola, que ayuda mucho. Se consigue un vuelo estable, en popa con 7 nudos y en ceñida con más. Por ahora en ceñida hay muchas condiciones en la que es difícil saber si conviene volar o no, aunque pareciera que vamos a terminar volando cuando la técnica mejore. Es difícil predecir qué va a pasar cuando haya ola como puede haber en Palma.
El barco que estamos probando hoy no tiene un buen sistema para mover el rake mientras navegamos, y eso va a ser clave para seguir volando sin frenar cuando cambian las condiciones​
Las regatas para los que estábamos acostumbrados al otro Nacra, van a cambiar mucho, no solo por la velocidad sino también los ángulos que hace el barco en ceñida y popa. Va a ser interesante ver qué equipos logran un buen nivel rápido con tantos cambios.
Un abrazo
Mateo