JOSE COELLO and Carmen-Elite Sails from Club de Regatas de Cartagena did it again on the Costa Blanca. Coello won Altea’s gruelling 200 Millas A2 race only weeks after winning the 300 Millas A3 that set out from Moraira in mid-January. Assisted this time by his brother Javier, Coello won the Mediterranean’s most complicated, harsh and difficult race, an Altea-Ibiza-Altea round trip of 200 nautical miles (approximately 370.5 kilometres). It is also a classifier for the Spanish A2 Cruceros Class Cup. Carmen-Elite Sails was one of 38 boats entered for the Altea race which set out at noon on a day with a Levante wind scarcely reaching 7 knots (roughly 13 kilometres per hour).
Coello got off to a bad start as he was over the line, together with DKtegoria, skippered by the Valencia Jose Ignacio Vicent. What promised to be bad luck turned out to be the opposite as Coello started again, opting for the left side of the fleet while the remainder on the landward side found little wind until they were well clear of Altea and Calpe.
“It was a complicated regatta, not only because of the weather conditions but because of the high standard, with very good boats and sailors with a lot of experience and many wins,” Coella said.
“It’s been a pleasure to sail with them and being able to beat them was an added bonus.” Carmen-Elite Sails, the second to arrive, was the overall winner on corrected time, taking the first prize of two silver ingots, each weighing one kilo.