On the 10th of March 2019, the competitions of the second season of the international regatta for children OptiOrange Valecia finished in El Real Club Náutico Valencia. According to the results of the three racing days, the Latvian sportsman Martin Atilla became the overall winner out of more than 300 participants. As for the women, twice World Champion María Perelló Mora from Mallorca became a winner. The best among Russians was Vyacheslav Martus, who finished the regatta on the 28th place of the overall standing.
Initiated by Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club as a sparring of young sailors from Saint Petersburg and Valencia, OptiOrange Valencia regatta has increased the number of participants by four times already in the second year of its existence. While there were about 80 sportsmen at the OptiOrange Valencia in 2018, there were already 320 participants from 16 countries in March 2019, who arrived at Valencia to participate in the competitions.
The lineup impressed with the number of titles. The large Spanish fleet, made of no less than a dozen of the country’s clubs, was headed by the two times World Champion María Perelló Mora from Mallorca and Vice Champion of Europe David Santacreu Traves from the Island of Tenerife.
Belgium was represented by almost all the members of the national team. Ireland sent top 5 sportsmen of the national championship to Valencia, including the winner of the Championship of Ireland among Juniors. The teams of Great Britain, Poland, and Italy were composed of no less than 10 people each. Switzerland and Netherlands sent five sportsmen each. The participants from overseas were also present: the teams of the Cayman and Bermuda Islands, and Mexico.
Russians were the second largest team in terms of the number of participants. It was predominantly composed of the sportsmen of the Sailing Academy and the RAUTU Team from Saint Petersburg, but there were also sportsmen from other regions of Russia.
The competitions OptiOrange Valencia started on the 8th of March with light winds, which turned out to be beneficial for some part of the fleet. Jaime Ayarza Montenegro (Canary Islands) became an early leader, who won in all the three races of the first day. As for the girls, the highly-awarded María Perelló was going first, as it was predicted. However, she was only at the ninth place in the overall table.
As the wind got stronger on the second and third days of the competitions, there were significant changes in the tournament table. The early leader Jaime Ayarza Montenegro was not lucky on the final day of the competitions, in addition to that he was forced to abandon the last race. Another member of the same club – Javier Ojeda – also had to leave the race before the scheduled finish. He was an overall leader after the eighth race, but had to move to the third place in the overall standing among boys according to the results of the competitions.
On the opposite, the future winner of the competitions – Martin Atilla from Latvia – steadily climbed up throughout all the days of the competitions. On the first day, he was only at the sixth place, then he climbed up to the forth place, and thanks to two victories on the final day, he finished on the first place.
As for the girls, María Perelló Mora reigned supreme, though she climbed from the ninth place in the overall tournament table on the first day to the second place in the final day. Even longer road was taken by Maria’s club mate Nicola Sadler, who took the second place among girls and won among junior sailors (U13). Nicola started outside of top 10, but managed to outperform elder competitors and finished with two medals.
The winners of the first season of OptiOrange Valencia, Maxim Shaposhnikov and Arkadiy Karmanov from the Sailing Academy have already changed the yacht class. In the new season, the Russian team has become significantly younger, and the competition with highly-awarded European sportsmen was more than useful for the boys. Six Russian sportsmen became the members of the “golden” fleet, and Vyacheslav Martus demonstrated the best result – place 28. The representative of the sailing family had one finish in top 3 and demonstrated a stable result throughout all the days of the regatta in general.
“It is very useful for our young sportsmen to compete with the experienced rivals from Europe, - the trainer of Optipro program Sergey Semenov comments, - all the mistakes become evident here. It is a priceless experience for our young guys, who are growing in their strength, especially before the start of the season”.
The OptiOrange Valecia is not only about racing. The program of OptiOrange was full entertainment for young sportsmen. Every day after the races, they enjoyed tasty paella and fresh orange juice, participated in various activities of the Sailing Festival. The high point was a draw game of the new Optimist boat among all the participants. German Villalba Rebollo from Cartagena received this valuable prize.
“I think that we have achieved all the desired goals this season, - Managing Director of Saint Petersburg Yacht Club Denis Pilipenko says, - many sailing schools of Europe supported our initiative to organize OptiOrange Valencia; thanks to the perfect sailing conditions of Valencia, we managed not to disappoint the participants and organized as many races as it was possible, which means that the winner was determined deservedly; in addition to that, we managed to unite guys from different countries in friendship, which is absolutely priceless. I am sure that next year, we will make the regatta even better, there will be more participants and it will be even more exciting”.
The following companies are sponsors of the regatta: Garmin, North Sails, ZuMEX и Sailing Cuack.
Official web-page: http://optiorangevalencia.com
Video-blog of the regatta: https://www.youtube.com/user/SPBYC/videos
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