SOME of Spain’s top young sailors will be in Orihuela Costa this week to take part in a major national yachting event.
The Costa Blanca destination is hosting the second edition of the 2020 Laser 4.7 Spanish championship from this Wednesday February 19 to Sunday 22.
Organised by the Dehesa de Campoamor sailing club, the championship is, along with the Copa de España, one of the two events from which the RFEV Royal Spanish Sailing Federation selects its national teams for European and international events.
It is therefore one of the most important events of the year for junior sailing talent, and one which attracts one of the highest numbers of participants.
Some 120 under-18s from different teams around the country will be in Orihuela to take part, accompanied by 25 trainers. There will also be a team of 12 international judges, as well as technical staff and volunteers to help ensure everything goes smoothly.
In all, the event is expected to bring some 500 visitors to the area.
Commenting at the championship presentation, Orihuela Sports councillor Victor Bernabeu said the event will have “a major economic impact” on the municipality.
Campomar sailing club spokesman Jose Antonio Thomas explained the details of the competition. Young sailors from Madrid, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country, Murcia, Andalucia, Catalonia, Galicia and the Valencian Community will be battling it out over 12 trials in Laser 4.7 single-mast, 4.23-metre long boats for just one crew member. They each have to complete two trails to advance, the top three gaining medals.
Bernabeu encouraged residents and visitors to go along and watch the sailors in action.
“Encouraging minority sport is a prime objective of the Sports department”, he added.
“Sport tourism now has a great potential which we want to promote.”