Spain starts the SSL Gold Cup sailing with a second place at the start of the quarterfinals


The Spanish team started its participation in the Gran Canaria SSL Gold Cup this Monday with a good feeling, with a debut in the quarterfinal round where it went from less to more, although it was finally surpassed by Italy.

The team captained by Luis Doreste and with Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermúdez as skipper entered directly into the quarterfinals of this new sailing competition where there are only 16 boats left divided into four groups.

The Group 4 fleet, where the Spanish team is located, was the last to compete in Gran Canaria waters after about an hour and a half of delay due to the total drop in wind and was dominated from start to finish by Vasco Vascotto’s Italy, which The first victory that came into play was scored.

Behind, the host staged a great comeback after passing the first mark in last position, thanks to the fact that he got his strategy right on the second beat by opting for the left side of the race course to place second on the second passage to windward. , a position that he managed to maintain until the end to cross the finish line forty seconds later than the Italians and with a relatively comfortable lead over Switzerland and Lithuania.

“I think Italy may be the toughest rival in our group, but we trust that the team will respond according to the real possibilities we have, which I think are very high. In all positions the crew is very good, so I am confident fully in the team,” remarked Luis Doreste.

On the other hand, in Group 1, the victory went to Great Britain, another of the eight teams that directly reached the quarterfinals, with almost a minute ahead of Malaysia, while Hungary dominated the start ahead of the Netherlands in Group 2 and Australia, in a competitive regatta that had up to three leaders, took the victory in 3, with Portugal second.