Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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After being kept from sailing due to a long injury, Iker went back to sailing in a different cat; this time it was an M32. Last February, during the Nacra Worlds in Clearwater, the kiwi boat hit his knee with the bowsprit and kept Iker from sailing the trials for Rio, a very tough moment for him. Anyway he is now back and decided to accept the invitation of the organisation and compete in the World Match Racing Tour together with Pablo Arrarte, Diego Botin, and Pierluigi de Felice. The Wild Card introduced this newly created Team España into match racing. During the first days, Iker and his crew competed in the fleet racing, and gained their spot in the match racing. PiGi was the only member of the crew with some experience in these boats. Iker and PiGi met in New Zealand, where they both sailed for the America's Cup Team Luna Rossa. When this opportunity came up they decided to team up and join forces. Pigi has lots of experience in match racing and he instructed the rest of the team of how things worked in this Match Racing Tour. Once they had their pairings, they were quite lucky that the level of their oponents increased as they kept progressing in the qualifying rounds.That allowed them to learn on their way to the final and increase their confidence in boat handling and manouvering.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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Iker and his three friends from his hometown in Hondarribia (Basque Country) are sailing in the J80 Worlds in Sotogrande on board Movistar. The three sailors are: Iñigo Jauregui, Borja Ponte, and Iñigo Sánchez. The first race of the Championship didn't start too well for them as they were BFD for starting early. A small collision threw them over the line, but this bad result can be discarded once the sixth regatta is sailed. This leaves the Movistar team without any chance to have another bad result if they want to fight for the World title at the end of this week. They were first in the next race of the day and second in the third and last. They had a great day of sailing as the first race would have ended in a 3rd place if it weren't for the penalty they got. These BFD+1+2 results mean they stand in 14th place in the overall results. The wind was very shifty on this first day, but the Race Committee did a great job to get three good races in.



Wednesday, 21 October 2015



Iker Martínez and Julia Rita have competed in their first regatta together. They have sailed the Nacra17 Europeans in Barcelona from the 26th of September until the 3rd of October. There were 42 crews competing for this title, but with important absences such as the first three crews in the last Worlds. The brits Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves won the Europeans, followed by australians Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis, and the danes Allan Norregaard and Anette Viborg. Iker and Julia finished 12 after a bad last race and a DSQ that kept them from sailing the medal race on the last day. Until that moment they had had a very good championship, always in Medal Race positions from the second day. Racing with different crews make this olympic preparation more difficult, but it is important as this class is completely different to all the others. After only one month training together in the Nacra, having raced at this high level is really good. Julia used to sail 470w together with Marina Gallego, but the last few years she was out of sailing and into triathlon competitions. She also develops her carreer as a physiotherapist. 



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Thursday, 03 September 2015

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Iker and Marina raced the Rio Test Event from the 15th to the 22nd of August, finishing in thenth place, after a very unconfortable preparation. This month they have spent in Brazil has been very productive as the Olympic Games will be held in these waters during next year's summer. It is highly important to know the race areas and their specific metheorological conditions, as it is really different to sail in one course inside the Bay of Guanabara or in another one outside. The regatta didn't start too well for our crew, they were 16th after the first three races on the first day. After sailing outside, with medium to strong winds and some wave, during they second day they moved inside the bay, and the results went much better, climbing some places in the overall classification. Then they didn't sail for two days, as one was lay day and the other one only the courses inside the bay could celebrate the planned races. Our crew improved their performance on the last two days and they reached the top ten which gave them the pass to sail the Medal Race on the 21st. But the time limit to give starts on that day was 16:30 and the Nacras were held ashore having to sail on their last reserve day, the 22nd. The medal race didn't go as well as expected for Iker and Marina who came in 7th, finishing the Test Event in 10th. More than the regatta itslef, the important of the Event was sailing against the best (one per qualified country) in the same waters as the Olympics will be held next year. 

iker and Marina are spending this summer in Brazil, as they qualified the country -SPAIN- for the next Olympic Games in Rio 2016. The ticket for the Olympics was won at the beginning of July in the Nacra Worlds held in Aarhus, Denmark. Our movistar riders finished in a great ninth place and were one of the three countries to classify for the Olympics. This gave them the opportunity to compete in the Rio Test Event, which is held in August, during the same days and in the same race area where the Olympics will be celebrated next year. Before the Test Event, our riders will be able to share some valuable training days in the Olympic venue with the other classified teams for next year. The Rio Test Event is of great importance as it will help our sailors to study the race areas where they will race for the medals next year. In Rio they also continue with their physical training -bicycle, gym, surf- apart from attending to meteo briefings where the spanish metheorologist analizes the conditions in the area and ist statistics in these months of the year, before training and competing in the Bay of Guanabara.

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