More than 200 sailboats from 27 clubs participate in an exhibition regatta in Vilanova i la Geltrú

More than 200 sailing skates They participated this Saturday in a exhibition regatta in Vilanova i la Geltrú, coinciding with the celebration of the Sailing America’s Cup. The concentration of these boats, which have left Cubelles, has attracted participants from 27 yacht clubs Catalans but also from Valencia and abroad (Germany, Austria, Belgium and France).

The Catalan skate was born 100 years ago in Badalona and it is peculiar because it has no rudder, daggerboard or boom. This was the First time in history that such a high number of participants were concentrated, who were between 13 and 76 years old. Among the sailors there were 17 women, the organizers explained.

enough wind

Contrary to what happened in the afternoon with the sailboats of the preliminary regatta of the America’s Cup, the sailing skates have been able to compete with the little wind they had, between 4 and 5 knots. It has been a very colorful spectacle that has gathered a large audience on the beach and from other boats to follow it.

The sailor of the Club Nàutic Sitges, Yannick Marquez, has won the exhibition regatta, followed by Quim Esteba, from Club Nàutic Tamariu, and, third, Ramon Puigoriol (Club Nàutic El Masnou). The first female finisher was Anna Pujol, from Club Natació Barcelona, ​​ten overall.

“A historic day”

“It has been a historic and very special day for all the skaters. It is not easy to bring together more than 200 participants and it has been a great opportunity “to make ourselves known,” said Márquez, winner of the regatta.

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Upon disembarking at the Ribes Roges beach of Vilanova, the public concentrated on the beach has received with applause the participants who have participated in the test and then have approached the slipway to see and get to know the boat up close.

This Sunday at 12:00 p.m. The sailboat exhibition regatta will be resumed, which will depart from Vilanova and end its journey at the Club Marítim Cubelles.

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