The Grancanaria Sailor Tara Pacheco He will play his third Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 after sealing the Spanish classification of the mixed catamaran Nacra17 last December in New Zealand with the Catalan Florián Trittel, who will participate alongside the moganera in the Enoshima race course. The mixed crew achieved a sixth place in Geelong, Australia, the last qualifying event for the Japan event.
The RFEV Olympic Preparation Committee yesterday proposed to the three crews that will represent Spain in Tokyo, where Diego Botín and Iago Marra, in 49er, and Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló, in 49erFX, in addition to the moganera. The three Spanish vessels achieved their classification in the pre-Olympic past, played in the Gulf of Hauraki (New Zealand).
Tara Pacheco, of the Southwest Regatta Club, started competing alongside Trittel, German by birth, in 2019 after Fernando Echávarri’s decision to retire from the Olympic sail after participating in three Games, the last in Rio 2016 next to the Grancanaria, Where they were eleventh. Now, Pacheco and Trittel have the difficult ballot to represent Spain in an Olympic Games.
More considering that Iker Martínez, double Olympic medalist, and Olga Maslivets were the favorites to command the Nacra17 catamaran in Tokyo 2020, but Martinez’s injuries cleared the way for Pacheco and Trittel, which were finally chosen by the RFEV to participate in Tokyo
Pacheco started in the world of sailing in Mogán, in the Optimist class. In his youth stage he made the leap to modality 470 next to the santanderina Berta Bentanzos. Together with the Cantabrian, he achieved second place in the 2007 Bulgarian Youth World Championship, repeating that same position the following year in Poland. That 2008 he won his first regatta in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Pacheco-Betanzos tandem achieved several relevant achievements at all, so in early 2010 they were awarded the SOR Doña Cristina Infanta Prize for Spain for being the most significant revelation of 2009.
In 2011, Pacheco and Betanzo won the gold in the Olympic Sailing World Championship in category 470 held in Perth, Australia, repeating the feat in the Helsinki European and the French Olympic Week, which earned both the Queen Sofia Award to The best athletes of the year. Thanks to the achievements of 2011, they started the 2012 Olympic year as leaders of the world class 470 ranking.
Jump to Nacra17
In the London Games they were tenths out of 54 teams, but after the competition the International Sailing Federation decided to leave the 470 mode out of the Olympic program, so in early 2013 it separated from the Cantabrian and is invited by Iker Martínez to form a mixed team in Nacra17. Pacheco adapted quickly and in 2014 they were European champions.
For Rio 2016 he formed a couple in Nacra17, who debuted in a Games, along with Fernando Echávarri. They stayed out of the Medal Race when they were eleventh, tied to points with Brazilians Samuel Albrecht and Isabel Swan, who achieved the pass for their best records in the previous races.
Together with Galician Echávarri and the new catamaran Nacra17, he won a silver in the 2017 World Championship held in France. That same year they were also second in Germany in the European, a medal they repeated in 2018 in Poland.
In mid-2019, Echávarri decided to leave the Olympic candle and the Grancanaria began to navaegar with Barcelona’s Florián Trittel, with whom he has won the ticket for Tokyo 2020, his third Games and the first of Catalan. That has been the decision of the RFEV Olympic Preparation Committee after its last technical meeting. There was also no doubt after the withdrawal of Iker Martínez, but the results of Pacheco clear any doubt and the Canary-Catalan tandem will be one of the safe bets of the Spanish sail in the Olympic event in Japan.