May 11, 2021

Five sailors from Gran Canaria, before the final sprint to be in the Games

Starting next Saturday, the last qualifying event for European countries in the men’s ILCA 7 category will take place, among which is Spain. Our country is played with a single card to be present at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer along with 15 other countries that will also fight for the only two available places.

A total of 14 athletes from different autonomous communities come to Vilamoura with the sole objective of obtaining one of the two tickets that are awarded to participate in the Japanese event, which in the case of the sport of sailing will take place from July 25 to August 4 at Enoshima Bay.

Among the Spanish competitors, Joaquín Blanco, Joel Rodríguez and Leopoldo Barreto from Gran Canaria are already in Portugal. The first two belong to the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria regatta team and are members of the pre-Olympic team; the third of them sails for the Real Club Náutico de Tenerife and is a young promise of national sailing; currently in the sub 21 category, he was the first Spanish classified within the Andalusian Olympic Week, the last event held in the Peninsula.

The boys are looking for the Olympic square for the country; and they, to be the sailor chosen for Tokyo


If the place is obtained, the appointment of the Spanish representative in Tokyo will subsequently be carried out, following the technical criteria of those responsible for the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV). Thus, the Portuguese event is decisive for Spain to compete in the Olympic event in the ILCA7 class. Its representatives will have to fight for one of the two available places to compete in the Japanese event against the following 15 European countries: Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Holland, Poland, Portugal , Turkey, Ukraine and Montenegro.

11 women for a ticket

Regarding the ILCA 6 female class, the place by country for the Games is already assured by Spain. Thus, this Portuguese championship will serve exclusively to determine who will be the representative of the Spanish Olympic team in Tokyo. Martina Reino, Carlota Sánchez and Isabel Hernández, all three from the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria, aspire to be chosen, but there are also Aina Bouza, Ana Montcada, Cristina Pujol, Angela Andujar, Ascensión Roca, Fátima Reyes, Lara Himmes and Sheila Martinez.

These 11 athletes have the option of representing Spain in Tokyo 2020 after having belonged for some period to the Spanish pre-Olympic team of ILCA6 or to the National Plan for Sports Technification of the RFEV and after the selection system approved by the delegated commission, the March 23rd.

After two mandatory days of measuring boats, the ILCA Vilamoura European Continental Qualification will begin the competition in the water, both for ILCA 6 and 7, next Monday 19, with a total of 12 scheduled regattas that will take place over six days , three of which will be for qualifying races and the rest for the finals.

It is a golden opportunity for the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria regatta team to add two more athletes to the Spanish team that will be in Tokyo after the confirmation of Patri Cantero in the women’s 470 and Ángel Granda in the RS: X class. In addition, there will also be another island sailor, Tara Pacheco (Nacra 17).


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